IND vs SA Test, Wanderers: Dean Elgar leads his team from the front at Wanderers for a 7 wicket win. Africa ties the series at 1-1 and will play the decider at Johannesburg.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane seem to have found their rhythm but they were unable to convert their innings into a triple-digit statement. Does this performance justify their selection in the upcoming series?
The South African pace attack just swindled the Indian batting order after a nice partnership. On the 3rd day, Rabada went out and dismissed the overnight batters. After that, India was a sitting duck waiting to be eaten.
Rishabh Pant’s intent has raised some questions after a horrific shot selection. After the Gabba heroic, his performance is nowhere to be seen and India needed him to fire.
Rabada, Ngidi, and Jansen all took three wickets each. Ngidi and Jansen were pretty effective against the Indian tail. While Duanne Oliver took one wicket of Mayank Agarwal.
Hanuma Vihari justified his selection with an unbeaten inning however, no one could help from another side. Lord Shardul came and impressed with his shots but it was short lasted. India fell well short of the total they needed as South Africa had two days to chase down 240 runs.
Unable to show his true strength, Aiden Markram was dealing in boundaries but Lord Shardul cursed him trapped in front on the third day. The entry of Ravichandran Ashwin got India another wicket of Keegan Petersen. This made the vision of sealing the series possible but it was always possible the other way around.
From India’s point of view, Day 4 started perfectly as it was raining and session one was washed out. The start of the second session was also in doubt but the situation improved to resume the play.
Rassie van der Dussen and Dean Elgar pulled the innings from India’s hand and were making it happen quickly. Elgar who is known for his slower strike rate scored his fifty runs of the day in 66 balls.
However, Mohammed Shami struck and Dussen had to go. But the damage was already done. The man in was South Africa’s white-ball skipper, Temba Bavuma. He got lucky with a caught and bowled.
After that, it was just supreme domination from this South African pair. KL Rahul starts his red-ball campaign with a loss as a skipper. It was India’s first loss at Wanderers. The series is tied 1-1.