South Africa defeated India in the second Test of the ongoing three-match Test series at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on January 6, 2022, by 7 wickets. On the fourth day of the Test match, Proteas batters continued to pile on the runs, especially after the first two sessions of the day were washed out.
Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten as Proteas completed a historic win over India and leveled the series 1-1 with one more Test to be played in Cape Town from January 11 onwards.
“I don’t know what’s the right or wrong way in winning a cricket match, but it’s all about doing the basics right. We ticked a lot of boxes right to make it 1-1. We now go to Cape Town with plenty of confidence – it wasn’t easy, the batters were determined. but credit to our bowlers, the effort they put in was very impressive. I am yet to see the bruises (the blows he received), but it’s a big motivation to go and play for your country. Whatever I’m going through, it’s important to see the bigger picture and the bigger picture is to win games for your country,” Elgar said during the post-match presentation.
Dean Elgar made 96*, while Rassie van der Dussen made 40, and Temba Bavuma contributed 23* to the chase of 240 runs, as South Africa defeated India for the first time at The Wanderers in Jo’Burg. Dean Elgar was also named the Player of the Match for his amazing performance and leadership in the match.
“When you perform like this over the period of four days, it does make you forget the pain in doing so. A lot of test for our batters, we have struggled to find the right batting line-up, find the people for the right roles, entrust the people into their roles and to bat in such a way in not so easy conditions pleases you a lot. The way he batted (Rassie van der Dussen), he will go a long way in his career, the way he batted (during his knock of 40) will set him up in the future. Sometimes KG needs something to happen around, the catch that RvVD took, it got him into the mind-set, he wants to be fired up all the times, he wants to bowl well and as a captain, it’s nice to get him running around. It wasn’t easy, but the bowlers did the job for me,” he added.
Not Sure What Will Happen In Cape Town: Dean Elgar
The two sides will now face off in Cape Town from January 11 with the series on the line. Elgar said that though he has played one domestic game at the Newlands ground in Cape Town, he was still looking forward to the surface which will be given for the final Test. He also said that going into the final Test with series level 1-1, the script couldn’t have been written better.
“Not exactly sure what will happen in CT, played a domestic game there, interesting to see what kind of a surface they’ll give us. 1-1, South Africa v India, going into the final Test all square, we couldn’t have written a better script,” he signed off.
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