South Africa vs India: South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in Johannesburg, tying the Test series at 1-1. Dean Elgar produced a brave unbeaten 96.
Elgar, the South African captain, survived a strong Indian onslaught and body blows from balls that struck him on a tricky Wanderers surface to lead a successful 240-run chase, striking a boundary to seal the victory.
After India won the first test by 113 runs in Pretoria, South Africa scored 243-3 near the close of a rain-shortened fourth day to tie the series.
The home team enjoyed a 118-2 lead overnight but had to wait since the first two sessions on Thursday were rained out.
Under gloomy skies, lgar and Rassie van der Dussen started their run chase, with the outcome still in doubt because the pitch was predicted to favour India’s strong assault.
However, the two batters maintained their partnership and contributed 57 runs in the opening hour of play as they faced the tourists’ bowling until Van der Dussen was caught at first slip and dismissed for 40.
When the wicket fell, South Africa still needed 65 to win and might have been in serious trouble had Shardul Thakur not held onto a catch when new batter Temba Bavuma blasted the second ball he faced straight back at the bowler.
Thakur couldn’t hold on to a stinging shot, and Bavuma took full advantage of his good fortune to finish 23 not out.
Elgar, on the other hand, was the hero, displaying a tenacious fighting spirit and leading by example to give his young squad a crucial and morale-boosting victory. He faced 188 balls and struck 10 boundaries on his way to a century.
South Africa beat India for the first time at the Wanderers, keeping alive their hopes of denying the world’s top-ranked team a first-ever series victory in South Africa.
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