Johannesburg. After two consecutive test defeats by the host, India finally succeeded to a victory. Riding on the back of the Indian bowlers, India defeated South Africa by 63 runs. After the solid batting performance by Indian batsmen yesterday, now India bowlers hit the goal. However, South Africa won the 3 test match series by 2-1.
Indian pacers led their team to a valuable victory in the honour saving match. Mohammad Shami was the star bowler on the fourth day of the third test, here in Johannesburg. He damaged the hosts in the second session and ended up with 5/28 and hence India won by 63 runs.
Apart from Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar also build the pressure from the other end. He was also rewarded by Player of the Match award due to his all-round performance in the match.
South Africa suffered a sudden collapse from the second session. Dean Elgar (86*) and Hashim Amla (52) build a partnership of 119 runs for the second wicket, overcoming the early first wicket yesterday.
After the fall of Hashim Amla’s wicket on the team score of 124, South Africa couldn’t come back. The hosts were leading to the victory when the day started. But in the second session chasing 241 runs target, they were all out for 177 runs. South African wickets
Dean Elgar, who got hit by a ball on the grill of his helmet yesterday, was the only player to stand against the Indian bowling attack and hold one end until the last wicket fall.
Earlier yesterday, India put a solid batting performance and set a defendable target of 241 runs. Virat Kohli (41) and Ajikya Rahane (48) led the team score and then some crucial knocks by Man of the Match Bhuvneshwar Kumar (33) and Mohammad Shami (27) set a respected total to chase.