Petersen sparkles as South Africa seal victory over India

CAPE TOWN, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Keegan Petersen scored a stunning 82 as South Africa cruised to a seven-wicket win in the Third Test and a 2-1 series victory over world number one India on unforgiving Newlands ground after chasing their tough 212 goal on Friday.

It is only the fourth time in 133 years that a side have scored over 200 runs in Cape Town to win, and follows South Africa’s epic seven-wicket victory in Johannesburg in the second Test as she needed 240 runs in the fourth inning.

Petersen, who was the series top scorer with 276 points, was the anchor for the home side, but there were also important unbeaten contributions from Rassie van der Dussen (41) and Temba Bavuma (32) as they put 57 for the fourth wicket.

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The result means India are still looking for a first Test series victory in South Africa after having high hopes when they won the opening game.

“It was a hard-fought series, but I think South Africa did surprisingly well in defending themselves in the second test and then capitalizing on the same momentum in the third,” India captain Virat Kohli said during the interview. the post-match presentation.

“I think in the two Tests they won they were a lot more clinical with the ball in critical moments, and to be honest we also had a bit of a lack of focus, which cost us. They deserved winners in the end.”

South Africa, who were underdogs for the series despite having home advantage with their inexperienced team, had started the day on 101 for two and had a lot of scares on the difficult ground against the high quality Indian couturiers, who might have had more reward with better luck.

India was extremely frustrated with the technology used for dismissal references and could have gotten themselves into trouble with their deliberate on-field comments into stump microphones.

Elgar believes the victory is an important step forward for his side, which have lost a host of experienced players to retirement in recent years.

“I’m quite delighted. I couldn’t be more proud of the group of players,” he said. “We’ve been thrown to the sword a few times in this series and the guys have responded brilliantly.”

“The way our bowling unit has come and gone in the last two games has been brilliant. Taking 60 wickets in a Test series is a tough challenge.”

“We have a young and talented group. The experience is not there, but we are acquiring it and improving every day.”

The teams will now play three One Day Opens from Paarl on Wednesday.

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Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Toby Davis, Christian Radnedge and David Evans

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