Cape Town, 14 January (agency)
South Africa, with their disciplined and excellent performance, turned the dream of world No. 1 team India into a nightmare after registering a seven-wicket win in the third and final Test cricket match on the fourth day of the series 2-1 on Friday. of your name.
South Africa had a target of 212 runs which they achieved by losing three wickets. Keegan Pietersen (113) in this played an important role in 82 runs. He laid a solid foundation on the third day by sharing a 78-run partnership with captain Dean Elgar (30). Pietersen dashed India’s hopes on the morning of the fourth day, adding 52 runs with Rossi van der Dussen (41 not out). The unbroken 57-run partnership between Van der Dussen and Temba Vavuma (32 not out) was completed. India had a great chance of winning the series for the first time in South Africa. They started off brilliantly, winning the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs, but lost the second match at Johannesburg by seven wickets. In this way, India lost the Test series in South Africa for the seventh time. Meanwhile, he once leveled the series 1-1 in 2010-11.
The last fort was not defeated
After defeating Australia and England on their soil, India were to take the final fort in South Africa but were let down by their ‘strong batting line-up’. India restricted South Africa to 210 after scoring 223 in the first innings but could only manage 198 runs in the second innings despite Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 100. Due to this the bowlers did not have a big score to defend.
India slips to fifth place
This series was played under the World Test Championship, in which India has slipped to fifth place in percentage points, while South Africa has reached fourth place. Pietersen and Van der Dussen made it easy for South Africa by batting well in the morning session. A three-match ODI series will now be played between the two teams from January 19.