IND vs SA: India is kept waiting for history by Petersen and Van der Dussen


IND vs SA: South Africa won the third and final Test of the series by seven wickets in Cape Town, sealing the series triumph for the Proteas after losing the opener in Centurion. Keegan Petersen’s unflinching 82 was followed by a fifty-run stand between Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma.

South Africa had lost the first match by 113 runs at Centurion’s SuperSport Park, but they bounced back with a triumph over India at the ‘Bullring.’ At the Newlands, Petersen’s 72 and 82 in the two innings helped the hosts accomplish an incredible comeback and deny India their first Test series victory in the Rainbow nation.

On Day 4, South Africa resumed their second innings cautiously, with Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen establishing a fifty-run stand to push them closer to victory. Before lunch, Shardul Thakur removed Petersen, but van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma kept the run-chase in check, leaving the hosts with just 41 runs to chase in the second session.

After excellent performances in Australia and England, Van van Dussen (41*) and Bavuma (32*) helped the Proteas camp win the series 2-1, extending India’s wait to win a Test rubber in South Africa.

Petersen’s innings on the fourth day of the Cape Town Test saw him achieve his third fifty of the series. With 276 runs in three Tests, he finished as the series’ leading run-scorer.

South Africa’s openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar put up 23 the day before Mohammed Shami entered the wickets column, needing 212 to win the third Test. Before Petersen arrived on the scene, he defeated Markram and gave India the upper hand.

In the middle, Petersen teamed up with Proteas captain Elgar to help South Africa reach 100 points. Jasprit Bumrah, who replaced Elgar to drop South Africa to 101/2, broke the partnership.

The Proteas finished the day on 171 for three, with Petersen on 48 not out at the crease.

Rishabh Pant had earlier anchored the Indian innings with his fourth Test century. Pant, 24, hit an unbeaten century as India were bowled out for 198 in the second innings, giving South Africa a 212-run goal. Marco Jansen took four wickets for South Africa, while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi each took three.

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