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India versus South Africa 2nd Test: Dean Elgar’s heroics helps South Africa level the series

Pavan Suresh

Thanks to a superb captain’s knock by Dean Elgar, South recorded a famous win over India on the 4th day of the 2nd Test match played at Wanders, Johannesburg on Thursday.

The match began after the tea session with South Africa on 118 for 2, Dean Elgar and Rassie Van der Dussen started on a positive note keeping the scoreboard ticking. KL Rahul decided to bring Ashwin into the attack along with Jasprit Bumrah. Elgar looked composed reaching his fifty off 131 balls. Dussen and Elgar kept India at bay showing their intent to keep South Africa ahead in the game.

It was an amazing performance by Elgar and Dussen who did not allow the Indian bowlers to settle. Shami produced a peach getting rid of Dussen caught by Pujara at slips. Dussen and Elgar added 82 runs for the 3rd wicket. Temba Bavuma came to the crease looking in decent touch while Elgar remained calm and composed. Despite lots of plays and misses, both South African batters made batting look easy. The Indian captain KL Rahul set defensive fields making life easy for Elgar and Bavuma.

Siraj was not up to the mark after an injury he picked in the first innings. Bumrah looked out of colours. Bavuma and Elgar put on unbeaten 68 runs for the 3rd wicket. South Africa chased down this target easily winning it by 7 wickets. It was a superb batting performance by the hosts as Dean Elgar led the charge with 96 not out.

After winning the toss, the Indian batters did not perform well in the first innings scoring just 202 runs. Thanks to Shardul Thakur’s 7 wickets, India conceded a lead of just 27 runs.

South Africa 229 in 79.4 overs ( Keegan Petersen 62, Bavuma 51, Shardul Thakur 7/61) and 118 for 2 in 40 overs ( Elgar 46*, Markram 31, Thakur 1/24, Ashwin 1/14) and 223 for 3 in 67.4 overs ( Dean Elgar 96*, Dussen 40, Thakur 1/47, Shami 1/55) beat India 202 in 63.1 overs ( KL Rahul 50, Ashwin 46, Marco Jansen 4/31, Oliver 3/64) and 266 in 60.1 overs ( Rahane 58, Pujara 53, Ngidi 3/43, Rabada 3/77) by 7 wickets.

With this win, South Africa opened their account in the ICC Test Championship points table. For his 96 not-out, Dean Elgar was awarded man of the match.

The third and final Test match will be played from 11th January at Newlands, Cape Town.

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