Elgar composes winning entries as South Africa-level India series | Cricket

Elgar composes winning entries as South Africa-level India series |  Cricket

South Africa captain Dean Elgar produced an undefeated 96 innings to lead his team to a seven-wicket victory over India in Test 2 at the Wanderers on Thursday.

Elgar defied a hostile Indian attack and body shots from the balls that hit him to deliver a winning performance as he led a successful 240-run chase, properly hitting a boundary to ensure victory.

South Africa reached 243 for three near the end of a fourth rain-restricted day to level the series after India won the first round in Pretoria by 113 runs, with the deciding match coming in Cape Town, starting next Tuesday.

The home team had 118 for two overnight, but had to wait as the first two sessions on Thursday were washed away by rain. Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen finally resumed their pursuit at 3.45pm local time under cloudy skies, with the result still in the balance as the field was expected to favor India’s formidable attack.

But the two batters continued their partnership, adding 57 more runs in the first hour of play as they faced tourist bowling alley, before Van der Dussen outscored Mohammed Shami on the first slip and went out for 40.

South Africa still needed 65 to win when the wicket fell and could have quickly gotten into trouble if Shardul Thakur had had a catch when new batter Temba Bavuma hit the second ball that faced the pitcher directly.

Thakur couldn’t hold on to a stinging shot and Bavuma made the most of his good luck to finish 23, not out. But Elgar was the hero, displaying a tenacious fighting spirit and leading by example to give his young team an important and morale-boosting victory. He faced 188 balls, reached 10 limits and deserved a century.

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It was the first time South Africa had beaten India at the Wanderers and it keeps alive their hopes of denying the world’s top-ranked team a first series win in South Africa.

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