Day 4, India vs SA: Van der Dussen-Bavuma Help SA Win by 7 Wickets, Series 2-1
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South Africa’s middle order put on a batting masterclass with Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma making significant contributions in a 7-wicket win at Newlands in Cape Town against India.
South Africa have never lost at Newlands against India, and the win also helped them secure the series 2-1. India’s wait to win a Test series in South Africa continues.
Petersen and van der Dussen joined hands in the morning and put on a fantastic half-century partnership with the former scoring 82. Van der Dussen (41*) and Bavuma (32*) took charge after that and knocked off the runs with another half century stand.
With all to play for on the fourth day between India and South Africa in Newlands in the third Test, Virat Kohli turned to Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami for wickets, but had Keegan Petersen unwilling to give up the cause for the hosts.
Petersen completed his half century in the second over of the day and then continued to build, even as India tried hard to dislodge either him or Rassi van der Dussen. Both however were resolute and safely negotiated the first hour.
Petersen was helped by the fact that Cheteshwar Pujara dropped an easy catch at first slip of Bumrah while van der Dussen survived a close caught behind call.
At the first drinks break of the day, South Africa were 148/2, with Petersen batting on 77 and van der Dussen on 16.
With the duo putting on 54 runs together and frustrating India no end, Kohli turned to Shardul Thakur in search of a breakthrough.
And Shardul struck, as Petersen chopped it on to his stumps for 82, giving India their first breakthrough in the day. India needed another 7 while SA needed 57 more to win with Temba Bavuma walking in to join Rassie van der Dussen.
Bavuma and van der Dussen dug in, absorbing the pressure well and masterfully putting away the bad deliveries too. The duo put on 16 runs together after the fall of Petersen's wicket with Bavuma playing a couple of exquisite drives.
SA's batters weathered the storm in the morning, and need 41 more to win with 7 wickets in hand in the afternoon.
After Lunch, Bavuma and van der Dussen kept doing their thing as India's shoulders dropped and the Proteas knocked off the runs quickly. Bavuma smashed Ashwin to the fence in the 64th over to get over the line. The duo put on a 57-run stand to clinch the win.
South Africa won by 7 wickets and took the series 2-1.
Batting first, India put up a total of 223 in the first innings, riding Virat Kohli’s defensive 79. However, in response South Africa batted well too with Keegan Petersen starring with a 72 of his own as Jasprit Bumrah picked five wickets and the hosts were rolled over for 210. In the second Indian innings, it was all Rishabh Pant, who scored an unbeaten 100 as the visitors huffed and puffed their way to 198, asking the hosts to chase 212 to win the Test and series.
The series is delicately poised at 1-1 with India looking to win their first series ever in South Africa. India have never lost a Test under Kohli's captaincy while defending a target in excess of 139
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