South Africa defeated India in the second test match to level the series 1-1

 South African captain Dean Elgar's brilliant knock of 96 guide his team to victory 


                                                                          Match summary

                                                  South Africa won by 7 wickets

                                                      India              202 & 266

                                        South Africa   229 & 243/3

                                                            Man of the player

                                                     Dean Elgar South Africa (96)

South Africa 229 (Petersen 62, Bavuma 51, Thakur 7-61) and 243 for 3 (Elgar 96*, van der Dussen 40, Ashwin 1-26) beat India 202 (Rahul 50, Ashwin 46, Jansen 4-31, Rabada 3-64, Olivier 3-64) and 266 (Rahane 58, Pujara 52, Ngidi 3-43, Jansen 3-67)

South Africa defeated India in the 2nd test match to level the 3 match series 1-1. South African captain Dean Elgar was a hero for South Africa who scored 96 runs. South Africa chased down the target of 240 runs at the loss of just three wickets on the rain affected fourth day.   

Elgar defied a hostile Indian attack and body blows from balls that struck him on a difficult pitch to deliver a match-winning performance as he led a successful 240-run chase.

South Africa reached 243-3 near the end of a rain-restricted fourth day to level the series after India had won the first test in Pretoria by 113 runs, with the deciding match to come in Cape Town, starting on Tuesday.

Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen eventually resumed their run chase in the afternoon.  But the two batsmen continued their partnership and added 57 more runs in the first hour’s play as they took on the tourists’ bowling, before Van der Dussen edged Mohammed Shami to first slip and was out for 40.

South Africa still needed 65 to win when the wicket went down and might have quickly spiraled into trouble had Shardul Thakur held onto a catch when new batsman Temba Bavuma hit the second ball he faced straight back at the bowler.

Thakur was unable to hold onto a stinging shot, and Bavuma went on to make full use of his good fortune to finish 23 not out.

But Elgar was the hero, showing a dogged fighting spirit and leading by example to hand his young team an important and morale-boosting win. He faced 188 balls, hitting 10 boundaries, and was deserving of a century.

Sherdil Thakur of India  took 7-61to restrict South Africa to 229 in the first innings. 

                                                                           Sports desk


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