A courageous Dean Elgar was happy to shun elegance for efficiency as he propelled South Africa to a seven-wicket series-level victory in the second Test against India on Thursday. This defeat was India’s first defeat in the Bull Ring in 30 years. Chasing 240, Captain Elgar, who was set to look unattractive and forgettable in terms of aesthetics that is usually associated with the right wing, set out to start an exciting final Test at Newlands in Cape Town. Extended his bat with an unbeaten 96. 11 January.
If Aiden Markram and Keegan Pietersen gave them good support on the third day, Rassie van der Dussen (40) with an 82-run partnership ensured an inauspicious start to India’s captaincy for KL Rahul, a rain-soaked victory on the fourth day. . Which should be prepared for future leadership.
Elgar had soaked in all the pressure and hostility on the third evening, which literally dented the Indian attack and Mohammad Siraj’s injury became a big factor in a difficult chase.
The Proteas captain made some blows to the head, some to the chest, some to the knuckles, one shoulder, all like a badge of honor for a batsman, which is in line with the “Shivanreen Chanderpaul School of”. Batsmanship” instead of Brian Lara.
No lip service could annoy Elgar as he grinned, grinned and went about his business leaving the visitors even more disappointed.
For the foreseeable future, when one remembers this test match, it will be very difficult to remember any of his 10 boundaries, but one will not forget the game because of his demonstration of how to traverse the pain barrier. Will not forget the game either. Contained in Elgar’s DNA.
In the end, 50 more runs would have helped India immensely and while the bowlers had a rare poor knock at the office, the blame should be on the batsmen who haven’t set the stage on fire for some good in a long time. personal performance.
In fact, this match has been more about a good start in the last season except in the second innings. In the final context, the first innings total of 202 became India’s undoing.
Cheteshwar Pujara, during a media interaction after the third day’s play, had spoken of the first hour being helpful for batting, but he did not think of rain, which would cause a lot of moisture, but would also make the ball wet. Difficult to catch
What worked for India in the last three bowling innings in this series happened exactly where he was found wanted on that day.
There were too many boundary balls, all wrong in that first hour on the fourth afternoon which was like playing South Africa in hand. 16 wides including a boundary bye didn’t help either.
India’s strategy initially was a surprise as the ball was bowled to Ravichandran Ashwin (11-2-20-1) along with Jasprit Bumrah (17-2-70-0), who was very free-spirited on the third evening.
Rahul may be cut some slack as this is his first game as India captain but with Ashwin starting the day in cold conditions and a wet outfield certainly deserves some sort of clarification from the team think-tank.
Notably, when both head coaches Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli were in the dressing room, it is impossible to believe that the young captain was not taught about the combination to use in the beginning.
A drive off Ashwin completed Elgar’s second half-century in two matches and the off-spinner cannot be blamed as he tried a bit flattering to keep the batsmen under control.
The wet ball also raised India’s concerns with both Bumrah and Mohammed Shami (17-3-55-1) resulting in at least two boundary byes off Rishabh Pant’s head.
However, van der Dussen, who looked shaky last evening, came into his own with a blowout and continued to pull Shami and the bowler, in extreme desperation, bowled a bouncer that went for four byes.
Shardul Thakur, who had enjoyed a ‘midas touch’ in the first three days, was then driven off by young van der Dussen as Kohli, sitting in the boundary dug-out, had a grumpy look at his chair. ,
A flurry of boundaries, bringing the target down to 70, suddenly brought back some urgency. It took Thakur and Shami almost an hour to find the exact length they had been searching for since the third evening.
Shami flicks one off full length to awkwardly fed Van der Dussen and Cheteshwar Pujara caught a regulation catch at first slip.
However, by then the target was reduced to 65 and when Thakur missed a hard reflex return catch by Temba Bavuma, the writing was on the wall for the Indians.
When the pint-sized Bavuma sent Bumrah through cover, most of the players eventually fell on their shoulders.
Kohli’s presence in the series decider is essential for India as work is in progress despite Rahul being good. But whether Kohli will be fully fit or not is a million dollar question. PTI KHS PM PM
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