South Africa swept the game away from Virat Kohli-led Team India on Day 4 of exciting third and final test match between the two nations at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town. After concluding the play with 101/2 on the previous day, the hosts took charge of the game and eventually picked up the series-clinching win by seven wickets. India have been once again prevented from winning a series in The Rainbow Nation.
India failed to make a turnaround in the game; South Africa emerged victorious
Indian bowlers had troubled the South Africa batters on Day 3 as they scalped the opening pair of Aiden Markram and skipper Dean Elgar. The hosts lost their first wicket early in the chase of 212 runs. Pacer Mohammed Shami removed Aiden Markram on a sharp delivery. Proteas skipper Dean Elgar was removed by Jasprit Bumrah on the last ball of Day 3 after adding 78 runs with Keegan Petersen for the second wicket.
But, Keegan Petersen has been hailed as the hero for South Africa in their pursuit of 212 runs, as the No.3 batter played an impressive knock of 82 runs to put his team in a driver’s seat. South Africa vice-captain Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten along with Rassie van der Dussen.
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The Indian bowlers toiled hard to bundle out The Proteas to script history on the South African soil. But, it was only Shardul Thakur, who managed to tally a wicket on Day 4. Shardul Thakur took the only wicket in the first session as he removed Petersen.
India and South Africa are set to lock horns in the 3-match ODI series with the opening game scheduled to take place on January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl.