South Africa defeated India in the third test by 7 wickets to clinch the series 2-1

Indian batting let the team down in the third test

                                                                     Match summary

                                                  South Africa won by 7 wickets

                                              India                223 & 198

                                             South Africa     210 & 212/3  

                                                    Man of the match

                                              Keegan Petersen, SA 72&82 

                                              PLAYER OF THE SERIES

                                             Keegan Petersen, SA 276 runs

                                             South Africa won the series 2-1

South Africa completed a seven-wicket victory over world number one India after lunch on the fourth day of the decisive third and final Test at Newlands to claim the series 2-1 on Friday. Set a target of 212 to win, the home side chased down the score on the back of a superb career-best 82 from number three batsman Keegan Petersen to deny India a first ever series victory in South Africa. 

It is just the fourth time in 133 years that a team has scored more than 200 in Cape Town to win, and follows on from South Africa’s epic seven-wicket victory in Johannesburg in the second Test when they needed 240 in the fourth innings.

Petersen, who was the leading scorer in the series with 276 runs, was the anchor for the home side on a difficult wicket for batting, but there were also important unbeaten contributions from Rassie van der Dussen (41) and Temba Bavuma (32) as they put on 57 for the fourth wicket. The result means India are still in search of a first Test series victory in South Africa having had high hopes when they won the opening match.

Indian batting collapse in the second inning laid the basis for Indian defeat. Pant’s century helped India to reach 198 in the second inning after a batting collapse. India took 12 runs lead in the first inning and expected to do better in the second inning. But only two batsmen enters into double figures. Pant’s heroic proved not enough to stop SA winning the third test and the series.  

                                                                        Sports Desk      

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