India continued its unbeaten run at the Wanderers by defeating South Africa. India won the match by 63 runs on the fourth day of the test.
Let us look back at some top performances of the match.
Indian team got all out for 187 in 76.4 overs in the first innings. The test match specialist batsmen C Pujara was the pick of the lot, he scored a gritty 50 of 179 balls and was at the crease for 261 minutes that is almost four and half hours. V Kohli played excellent innings of 54 to top score for India. Bhuveneshwar Kumar contributed with a crucial 30 runs at the tail end.
For South Africa, K Rabada was the bowler who picked up the maximum wickets whereas V Philander was the most consistent bowler. AL Phehlukwayo took the crucial wicket of C Pujara caught by Q de Kock.
South Africa Batting:
South Africa scored 7 more runs than India and got all out for 194 in 64.4 overs in their first batting innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar put up a marvellous display of swing bowling to welcome South African batsmen on the crease. He took 2 quick wickets and also bowled AB de Villiers to push South Africa on the back foot. Apart from H Amla none of the regular South African batsmen could make an impact in the first innings. The ever-reliable H Amla, the night watchmen K Rabada and V Philander were the top three scorers for South Africa. J Bumrah of India was the top wicket-taker of the innings.
India managed to score 247 runs in 80.1 overs in their second innings.
The score of 247 was mainly possible because of some small but vital contributions by several Indian batsmen. Ajinkya Rahane and V Kohli were the top two scorers for India who scored 48 and 41 respectively.B Kumar was the third highest scorer who made yet another crucial contribution of 33 runs for India. The other contributors were M Vijay who spent 194 minutes on the crease and scored gritty 25 runs while M Shami scored a quick fire 27.
M Morkel, V Philander and K Rabada picked up 3 wickets each for South Africa.
South Africa Batting:
In the final innings of the test match, South Africa had to achieve a target of 241 runs to win.
M Shami of India picked AK Markham quickly and it looked like South African batting would collapse soon. Here is when H Amla and D Elgar stuck to crease for more than 50 overs, their partnership of 119 almost took the game away from the Indians. In the 53rd over H Amla flicked an I Sharma delivery on the leg side which unfortunately for him went to the right-hand side of H Pandya who took a splendid diving catch to dismiss him. The remaining South African batting collapsed for 53 runs while the opening batsman D Elgar remained not out for his valiant 86. M Shami took 5 wickets and was the top wicket-taker for India.
In the end, South Africa fell short by 63 runs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was declared the man of the match for his all-around performance in the match.
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