India vs South Africa Highlights, 2nd Test Match Day 4: Proteas win by 7 wickets, level series 1-1
Check Live Updates from Day 4 of IND vs SA 2nd Test being played at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Thursday (January 6).
South Africa captain Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 46 to give his team a chance of victory over India as they chased a target of 240 to win the second Test at the Wanderers. South Africa need 122 more runs to win, and level the three-match series, after closing on 118-2 at the end of the third day’s play on Wednesday.
Elgar lived up to his reputation as a dogged, street-fighting batsman as he held the Indian bowling attack at bay, scoring his runs patiently off 121 balls. He came in for a torrid time, frequently hit on the body by short balls as the tourists searched for a breakthrough.
"He's a competitor. The thing he loves about the game is the competitiveness. The competitive nature of the Test cricket brings the best out of him," Justin Sammons said of Elgar during the media interaction at the end of day's play.
"His role will be massively important. Having somebody there to bat for the rest of the innings would be the key. Just having someone with his character for the guys coming in to be, I think it's massively important. His leadership goes a long way in getting us over the line tomorrow," he added.
That brings us to the end of our coverage as well.
The second Test folded up in 4 days.
See you again at the start of third Test in Cape Town. It starts on Janaury 11.
Till then, take care and good bye.
The basics of batting bowling and batting don't go away, we missed that in the first game. Saying that, it wasn't easy. Tough conditions we had to face as a batting unit, says Elgar.
Dean Elgar is the Player of the Match for gritty match-winning knock in 2nd innings!
KL Rahul feels they should have batted better in the first innings and added at least 60 more. That made the big difference, he says.
Every Test match we play we feel we should win and want to win. That's the kind of team we are, we compete really hard and we leave everything on the field. So yes a bit disappointing but credit to the way South Africa played, said Rahul at post-match press conference.
A great contest. But Dean Elgar's guts beat the skills of the Indian bowlers. He stood there till the last, taking several blows on his body and making batting look very easy on a difficult Wanderers track. Bavuma and v Dussen played good hands as well. SA over the line and level series.
Cape Town awaits both team for the third and last Test.
SA win by seven wickets and level series 1-1.
This is the first time hosts have beaten India at the Wanderers!
SA now doing it quickly. Runs coming thick and fast. A 5 wides as well. Only formailty, just 12 left.
SA 204/3, need 36 to win
SA go past 200. They are quickly getting close to the target. Siraj brought back into the attack but he has struggled with his injury. Only a miracle can save India from here.
Shardul Thakur drops Bavuma on 0. It was a caught and bowl chance but that's in the past now. Could have been a huge wicket.
Shami removes vd Dussen and India are up and running. Lovely outswinger did him in. Good catch by Pujara at first slip.
SA 175/3, need 65 to win
Nothing has gone India's way today. Elgar and Rassie vd Dussen going strong. The partnership continues to grow. SA need 66 now.
150 up for SA
Rassie vd Dussen flicks Shami off the pads and Proteas go past 150.
No wicket has fallen so far today. SA continue to maintain their strangehold on the game.
SA 156/2, need 84 to win
FIFTY for Elgar!
What a knock so far from the South African captain. The first spell from Bumrah and Ashwin has not worked and the runs are being scored easily. India need to break the stand ASAP.
SA 139/2, need 101 to win
Bumrah with the ball in hand. And he straightaway delivers a screamer, almost took the outside edge of Rassie vd Dussen with it to the keeper.
SA 120/2, need 120 to win
Here's the good news!
The covers are off. The umpires have done their inspection. Play set to resume by 3:45 PM Local Time (07.15 PM IST) at the Wanderers, if there is no more rain. A total of 34 overs to be bowled.
Good News: The covers are off and the umpires are having a look at the pitch and outfield. We should have an update soon.
Not great pictures from The Wanderers as it is still pouring down. The super sopper has disappeared and we continue to wait for the rain to go away.
It is still raining at the Wanderers but weather forecast is good after this last spell of rains. Fingers crossed. The ground has a very good drainage system. So we could have some game today.
Lunch is being taken in Johannesburg and rain refuses to subside. Don't expect the game to begin as soon as lunch time gets over. Still some time before play resumes.
The first session almost to be washed out. Only a few minutes remaining for it finish. Let's see what weather gods have to offer today.
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Play unlikely in Session 1
It is still gloomy and wet in Wanderers and play seems unlikely to start anytime before lunch on Day 4.
Start of play has now been delayed on Day 4 due to inclement weather. Check Cricket South Africa's update here...
DAY 4 | START DELAYED
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2022
Rain and covers are on
We are set for a delayed start to Day 4 on Thursday as rain and grey skies have welcomed both teams at the Wanderers. The pitch is still under the covers.
The Wanderers under a cloud cover at the moment
It is drizzling here on Day 4
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 6, 2022
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Day 4 of 2nd Test between India and South Africa from Wanderers in Johannesburg on Thursday (Janurary 6).