JOHANNESBURG: South African skipper – Dean Elgar’s valiant 96* helped the home side to win the second Test by seven wickets; levelling the ongoing series 1-1 against India.
The proteas, resuming their innings at 118/2 after the rain interrupted the day’s play, carried their previous day’s momentum. Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen batted sensibly and partnered strongly to make the run-chase comfortable.
The pair put on an 82-runs partnership before Dussen departed after scoring a well-crafted 40. He faced 92 balls and smashed five boundaries. The side lost their third wicket at a combined score of 175.
However, Temba Bavuma and Elgar then recorded a match-winning partnership of 68-runs. Bavuma scored a handy 23* off 45 balls, laced with three boundaries. Elgar, on the other hand, was even more impressive as the left-handed batter remained unbeaten for his magnificent 96; facing 188 balls. He hit 10 boundaries.
For the men in blue, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Ravichandran Ashwin shared one wicket apiece.
Following this victory, the home side has now levelled the series 1-1 against the men in blue with the third Test to take place from January 11 to January 15.