South Africa vs India: Captain Dean Elgar survives as Proteas continue thrilling chase | Cricket News

South Africa need 122 points more to win and draw the three-game series, after finishing matchday three with 118-2; watch the fourth day of the second test between South Africa and India on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7:30 am

Last updated: 05/01/22 16:36


South Africa captain Dean Elgar fought to the end

South Africa captain Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 46 to give his team a chance to win over India as they chased a 240 goal to win the second round at the Wanderers.

South Africa need 122 more points to win and draw the three-game streak, having finished 118-2 at the end of Wednesday’s third matchday.

Elgar lived up to his reputation as a tough hitter and street fighter as he kept the Indian bowling attack at bay, patiently scoring his runs on 121 balls.

He entered for a torrid spell, often hit in the body by short balls as tourists searched for a breakthrough.

Elgar sought medical attention after being shot in the neck by a Jasprit Bumrah bouncer

Elgar sought medical attention after being shot in the neck by a Jasprit Bumrah bouncer

Elgar participated in a 47-run partnership with Aiden Markram for the first wicket and 46 with Keegan Petersen for the second to put his team in a strong position, with two days of play remaining.

Markram was out lbw at Shardul Thakur for 31 while the diminutive Petersen scored 28 before Ravinchandran Ashwin trapped him lbw.

Rassie van der Dussen, who fought in the series, was not 11 years old.

South Africa had hoped to beat India at a lower price in the second inning, but ultimately fired them for 266 about 30 minutes before tea.

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The 240-point target seemed like a tall order on a low-scoring wicket, favoring seamstresses more and more.

India’s batters had previously defied conditions, picking up where they left off overnight with a free-scoring display in the first hour of Wednesday moving the score from 85-2 to 151-2.

Cheteshwar Pujara was part of a 111 partnership for India's third wicket

Cheteshwar Pujara was part of a 111 partnership for India’s third wicket

In the process, both Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane hit 50 and put together a 111-point partnership for third wicket while dominating home bowling.

But the tracks suddenly dried up with three quick wickets for Kagiso Rabada before lunch.

Rahane went first for 58 before Pujara was trapped lbw for 53 and Rishabh Punt went for a duck after a wild and reckless grind at the start of the ball.

Thakur, who had taken seven wickets in South Africa’s first innings, resumed the Indian run rate after lunch, scoring 28 points out of 24 balls before being caught deep in Marco Jansen.

Bumrah and South African Marco Jansen exchanged heated words in a midfield clash.

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Bumrah and South African Marco Jansen exchanged heated words in a midfield clash.

Bumrah and South African Marco Jansen exchanged heated words in a midfield clash.

Jansen hit Jasprit Bumrah, twice in one with a pair of ferocious bouncers, before the two met in the middle of the pitch and had to be separated from teammates and referees. Jansen was involved in Bumrah’s firing, for seven moments later, when he caught him for one of Lungi Ngidi’s three firings.

An unbeaten 40 for Hanuma Vihari, on the squad in place of injured skipper Virat Kohli, added to India’s sizable second inning score, as did 33 extras.

India scored 202 in their first innings to which South Africa responded with 229.

India won last week’s first test in Pretoria by 113 points while looking for a first series win in South Africa.

Watch the fourth day of South Africa vs India on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7:30 am.

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