India were bowled out for 266 in the second innings of the second Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday. Ajinkya Rahane was the top scorer for the Indian team in the second innings with 58 while Cheteshwar Pujara scored 53 but Hanuma Vihari’s 40 not out helped India reach the fourth innings target. Vihari made a comeback in the Test side after a year and was part of some good partnerships with the lower order batsmen.
Here are the reactions of fans after Vihari played a brilliant innings to boost India’s chances of winning the Johannesburg Test.
— thor (@godofthunder63) 5 January 2022
Brilliant #hanuma vihari, He recovered well from the initial struggle. 40 runs are priceless here.
— Herbalings (@Hramblings) 5 January 2022
— KP_Boy (@Displaced_KP) 5 January 2022
Vihari looks very calm and confident even when batting on these tough pitches against some quality fast bowlers. Saw this in Sydney before. He may not be as flamboyant as Shreyas or Gill but deserves longer runs in Test matches at home and abroad. #INDvsSAF #hanuma vihari #BCCI pic.twitter.com/lb6aJ528J2
— Gemini (@mithu_ph) 5 January 2022
— Chai @ jsp (@chaitu278) 5 January 2022
— Aniket Mishra (@mishayri) 5 January 2022
what a player he is!! Brilliant batting performance. Never miss an opportunity to show why he should be selected in the team #hanuma vihari
— razzzz (@razzzz2) 5 January 2022
40 not out from Vihari.
Stayed till the end and ensured India posted a defendable total.
I am getting a chance after a long time and once again I am proving my ability.#hanumavihari #INDvsSA #SAvsIndia #Indian Cricket Team #test cricket #wtc23 #Cricket pic.twitter.com/UkPPVrc8YP
— Diganta Das (@diggu33) 5 January 2022
Such efforts are never less than a match winning knock, every run scored by him is to be appreciated, you will see the difference later. #hanuma vihari
— Syed Areeb Ali (@ur_bossss) 5 January 2022
— Mahesh (@ItsMahicasm) 5 January 2022
Vihari last played a Test match against Australia in Sydney in January 2021, where he played 161 deliveries to save the Test match against a high quality bowling attack.
However, Vihari was not part of the Indian XI for the first Test against South Africa at Centurion. He got a chance to play in Johannesburg after Indian skipper Virat Kohli was forced to sit out due to a back spasm.
KL Rahul is leading the Indian team in the absence of Kohli.
India has set a target of 240 runs in front of the home team. On only two occasions in the past have teams chased down more than 240 runs against the Indian team.
The Indian team has never won a Test series in South Africa and this gives the visitors a great chance to beat the Proteas on their soil as they lead 1-0 in the three-match series.
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