Dean Elgar’s 96* leads South Africa to series-leveling win

Brief scorecard: India 202/10 (KL Rahul 50, Ravichandran Ashwin 46; Marco Jansen 4/31, Duanne Olivier 3/64, Kagiso Rabada 3/64) and 266/10 (Ajinkya Rahane 58, Cheteshwar Pujara 53; Lungi Ngidi 3/43, Jansen 3/67, Rabada 3/77) lost to South Africa 229/10 (Keegan Petersen 62, Temba Bavuma 51; Shardul Thakur 7/61, Mohammed Shami 2/52) and 243/3 (Dean Elgar 96*, Rassie van der Dussen 40; Ashwin 1/26) by 7 wickets

Statistical highlights of South Africa vs India 2nd Test 2022

  • South Africa registered a seven-wicket win in the second Test to level the three-match series 1-1 as they successfully chased down 240 under overcast conditions at the Wanderers on day four.
  • It was their highest successful run-chase at the venue, helping them register a 16th Test win over India and the 11th against the same opposition on home soil.
  • Captain Dean Elgar led the way with an unbeaten 96, while contributions from Rassie van der Dussen (40), Aiden Markram (31), Keegan Petersen (28), and Temba Bavuma (23*) helped the Proteas make light work of what seemed a formidable chase when they began their pursuit of 240 midway through day three.
  • Elgar enhanced his already-impressive fourth-innings batting record with his 19th Test half-century, which underpinned his side’s successful, history-defying run-chase. It was only four years ago that South Africa, chasing 241 against India in 2018, lost by 63 runs as Elgar finished unbeaten on 86.
  • Playing their sixth Test at the Wanderers, it was India’s first defeat at the venue where two of their four wins on South African soil have come.
  • Earlier, Shardul Thakur registered the best bowling figures by an Indian against South Africa as he took 7 for 61 in the first innings to help India restrict the home team to 229, a lead of 27.
  • The Mumbai seamer bettered Ravichandran Ashwin’s 7 for 66 against the Proteas in 2015. It was also his first Test five-wicket haul, as he made a resounding start to the new year after a dream 2020.
  • KL Rahul became India’s 34th Test captain after back spasms ruled Virat Kohli out of the Johannesburg Test.