IND vs SA 3rd test: A below-the-par bowling performance by the Indian team on the fourth day of the third test helped South Africa to beat India by huge seven wickets to clinch the three-match test series with a 2-1 score.
Petersen scored boosting 72 runs
This extraordinary win marks a great comeback by the Proteas squad who bounced on the Indian team after suffering a defeat in the first test of the series in Centurion. Proteas batter Keegan Petersen starred with the bat by adding crucial 82 runs in the second innings while chasing a target of 212 runs. Petersen also finished as South Africa’s highest run-scorer in the third test as he high scored for the hosts even in the first innings. Petersen scored boosting 72 runs in the first innings to ensure that India takes a meager 13 runs lead.
Among bowlers, Marco Jansen stood out for the hosts by fetching seven wickets in the third test while Kagiso Rabada was the second-highest wicket-taker for South Africa who scalped six wickets to restrict Indian batsmen from scoring big in both innings. However, India’s Test Captain Virat Kohli’s gutsy 79 runs knock helped the visitors to post 223 runs in the first innings. South Africa was heading strong in the first innings & could have registered a big first-innings lead but thanks to Jasprit Bumrah who scalped five wickets to bring the visitors back in the game & made sure that they take a slender lead as Proteas were bowled out for 210.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were the stand-out bowlers for India in the series
However Indian batters again failed to score big on a pitch that produced bounce & pace. It was Virat Kohli who joined hands to stitch 94 runs stand to pull India out of trouble but soon he got dismissed for 29 runs. After Virat’s dismissal, Rishabh pant batted with grit & registered a defiant 100 to help India take its lead beyond 200 runs. However, Pant didn’t get support from the other end as India’s lower order failed to contribute much with the bat & thus they were bowled out for an average of 198 runs setting a target of 212 runs for South Africa to chase & win the series. India’s veteran batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara & Ajinkya Rahane again failed to perform & contribute when their team needed their service the most. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were the stand-out bowlers for India in the series.
IND vs SA 3rd test, Brief scores
India 223 (Virat Kohli 79; Kagiso Rabada 4-73) & 198 (Rishabh Pant 100; Marco Jansen 4-36) lost to South Africa 210 (Keegan Petersen 72; Jasprit Bumrah 5-42) & 212/3 (Keegan Petersen 82; Shardul Thakur 1-22) by 7 wickets