India were deemed to seal their first series win in South Africa after a thumping 113-run victory over the Dean Elgar-led side in Centurion. But despite being 1 down in the series, the South African team rose up to the challenge and pulled off a spectacular result, sealing a 2-1 series victory by chasing down 212 in the tense Cape Town Test.
Set 212 to win against one of the best bowling attacks in modern times, South Africa stormed to a seven-wicket win in the second session of Day 4 amid lengthening shadows and emotional celebrations. A young Keegan Petersen played one of his best knocks to lead South Africa to a stunning win amid the DRS controversy at Newlands.
Petersen sets up comeback series win for SA
Petersen defied the conditions and played beautifully for his career-best score from 113 balls before he directed a Shardul Thakur delivery onto his stumps. It came on the back of a fine 72 in the first innings. Petersen finishes the series as the leading run-scorer with 276 in six innings, providing South Africa with some solidity in the number three position that has been missing for some time.
After all the drama and stump-mic theatrics surrounding the DRS review against Dean Elgar on Day 3, a million eyes were glued on Virat Kohli and his men at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday. While South Africa needed 111 runs to win, India were in search of eight wickets in their quest to script history on South African soil.
The first 30 minutes saw another DRS controversy, another war of words between Virat Kohli and Rassie van der Dussen, a dropped catch off a well-set Keegan Petersen–a while later, the Indian captain was seen biting his nails in the slip cordon as the series and Cape Town Test had slipped beyond India’s reach.