South Africa vs India: Dean Elgar’s heroes seal hosts’ victory in Johannesburg | Cricket news
South Africa-level three-game series against India as Dean Elgar’s unbeaten 96 lead the hosts to a seven-wicket win over the Wanderers; The final test begins Tuesday in Cape Town, live on Sky Sports Cricket
Last update: 01/06/22 5:03 PM
Dean Elgar hit a heroic undefeated 96 to lead South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over India in Johannesburg to tie the Test series at 1-1.
Elgar, the South Africa captain, defied a hostile Indian attack and bullet holes that hit him on difficult Wanderers ground to deliver a winning performance as he led a successful 240-point chase, rightly hitting a limit to secure victory.
South Africa reached 243-3 towards the end of a rain-restricted fourth day to tie the series after India won the first test in Pretoria by 113 runs, the decisive match ahead in Cape Town, live on Sky Sports Cricket from Tuesday.
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The home side were 118-2 overnight but had to wait as Thursday’s first two sessions were swept away by rain.
lgar and Rassie van der Dussen finally resumed their chase under a cloudy sky, the outcome still uncertain, as the terrain was to favor the formidable Indian attack.
But the two hitters continued their partnership and added an extra 57 points in the first few hours of play as they faced tourist bowling, before Van der Dussen edged out Mohammed Shami for the first slip and was out for 40.
South Africa still needed 65 to win when the wicket collapsed and could have quickly spiraled into trouble if Shardul Thakur had held up a strike when new hitter Temba Bavuma hit the second ball he faced directly to the launcher.
Thakur couldn’t hold off a scathing shot and Bavuma took full advantage of his good fortune to finish 23 not eliminated.
But Elgar was the hero, showing a fierce fighting spirit and setting the example to give his young team an important and morale-boosting victory. He faced 188 balls, hit 10 limits and deserved a century.
It was the first time South Africa had beaten India at the Wanderers and kept alive their hopes of denying the world’s top-ranked team a first-ever series victory in South Africa.