Captain Dean Elgar led the way as South Africa beat India by seven wickets to level the three-match Test series 1-1. Elgar ended the innings unbeaten on 96 off 188 balls as the Proteas chased down a target of 240 and recorded their first-ever win over India in a Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Thursday.
The decisive third Test will be played in Cape Town from January 11.
Elgar batted out three hours on Day 3 and started Day 4 on 46. The first two sessions were washed out and South Africa came out all guns blazing in the first hour when the day’s play finally got underway. Rassie Van der Dussen, who started on an overnight 11 runs, took charge early on as South Africa took advantage of the effect of the heavy roller.
The Proteas smashed 54 runs in just 11 overs after play finally began on Day 4. Van der Dussen did most of the scoring in this period and thus put the hosts firmly in the driver’s seat.
The ball was changed a couple of times as it got wet in the outfield in this period. Eventually, it was Shami who broke through as he got a delivery to move away from Van der Dussen. It took his outside edge and flew to first slip where Cheteshwar Pujara pouched the ball.
The partnership between Elgar and Van der Dussen produced 82 runs, 40 of which came from the latter.
Temba Bavuma, who has been South Africa’s second-highest run scorer in the series after Elgar, replaced Van der Dusssen. Bavuma had some fortune early on as he was dropped by Shardul Thakur off his own bowling. It was a difficult chance for Thakur as he had little time to stick out his right hand in his follow-through and the ball bounced off it. It was just the second ball that Bavuma faced and he was yet to get off the mark.