The fourth day became the costliest session of the South Africa tour, the bowler became the reason for the defeat

It is true that India’s fast bowlers have been playing their danka in almost every country. But in the final session of the second Test in Johannesburg, the Indian fast bowlers proved ineffective due to the change in pitch and weather. Although knowing this, he was expected to perform a little better.

After the first two sessions of the fourth day were washed out by rain, play finally resumed at 3:45 local time (7:15 IST). South Africa started playing at 118 runs for two wickets. Then he was 122 runs away from the target. South Africa made this run in a little over two hours.

In the final session of the fourth day, the game was to be 34 overs but it took 27.4 overs for South Africa to score this run. Run rate wise, it is not bad in ODI format either.

In terms of balls, South Africa scored 126 runs in 166 balls. It is rare to see such rapid runs in Test cricket. This is the reason that the final session of the fourth day was the most expensive session of India’s tour of South Africa where a team scored runs at an average of 4 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.

The Indian bowlers failed to build the pressure. Jasprit Bumrah did not get the wicket while Mohammad Siraj was not fully fit which affected the Indian strategy. On the other hand, the reliable drives of the South African batsmen were really visible and they did not allow the Indians to dominate.

Despite the cloud cover and floodlights, India got Bumrah to open the bowling from Ravichandran Ashwin. Elgar started from where he finished his innings on the third day.

Elgar remained the epitome of patience. He soon completed his 19th half-century of his Test career by hitting Ashwin at mid-on. Van der Dussen’s drive on Bumrah was fascinating. Meanwhile, the umpires had to change the ball as the outfield was wet.

bowlers gave extra runs

The Indian bowlers were also troubled by the ball getting wet. South Africa got a total of 15 wide runs off three short pitch balls from Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Siraj. 14 runs came off Shami’s over which included two controlled boundaries from Van der Dussen.

missed some chances

When Van der Dussen was looking dangerous, Shami got him caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip off the ball going out. India would soon have got the wicket of Temba Bavuma too but Thakur dropped the catch in the followthrough. Bavuma had not even opened the account then. Elgar, however, again put the pressure on the bowlers by hitting two consecutive fours on Shami.

Bavuma started playing freely as in the first innings while Elgar made the right effort by hitting three fours in one over of Siraj. The South African captain finally hit the winning boundary.

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Mohammed Shami was the only successful Indian bowler in the fourth day’s play. Mohammad Siraj got 37 runs in 6 overs and he did not get a single wicket. At the same time, Jasprit Bumrah did not get a wicket even after scoring 70 runs in 17 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur got 1-1 wickets but it came on the third day. Ashwin conceded 26 runs in 11.4 overs and Shardul Thakur conceded 47 runs in 16 overs.

South Africa made the biggest partnership of the tour

Elgar shared an 82-run stand with Rossi van der Dusen on Wednesday after sharing 47 for the first wicket with Aiden Markram (31) and 46 for the second wicket with Keegan Pietersen (28). This proved to be the biggest partnership for South Africa on this tour. Elgar (96 not out) then stitched a 68-run partnership with Temba Bavuma (23 not out) to ensure South Africa’s easy win.

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