South Africa ace formidable chase to secure 2-1 Test series win

Brief scorecard: India 223/10 (Virat Kohli 79, Cheteshwar Pujara 43; Kagiso Rabada 4/73, Marco Jansen 3/55) and 198/10 (Rishabh Pant 100*, Kohli 29; Jansen 4/36, Lungi Ngidi 3/21) lost to South Africa 210/10 (Keegan Petersen 72, Temba Bavuma 28; Jasprit Bumrah 5/42, Mohammed Shami 2/39) and 212/3 (Petersen 82, Rassie van der Dussen 41*, Temba Bavuma 32*; Shardul Thakur 1/22) by 7 wickets

Statistical highlights of South Africa vs India 3rd Test 2022

  • Keegan Petersen’s stock as South Africa’s next reliable Test number three grew leaps and bounds as his 113-ball 82 led the Proteas to a series-clinching seven-wicket win against India in the third Test at Newlands, Cape Town.
  • The result means South Africa have regained the Freedom Trophy after losing to India in 2019.
  • South Africa followed the blueprint of their successful run-chase in Johannesburg to chase down the formidable target of 212 and win by a big margin.
  • It was Petersen’s third Test half-century and the highest score so far, as he also finished the series as the highest run-getter.
  • It was South Africa’s 17th Test win against India and their 12th on home soil against the same opposition.
  • It was a significant blow to India’s quest for a maiden Test series win in South Africa. Having won at SuperSport Park to lead the three-match rubber 1-0, it will be a bitter pill to swallow for Virat Kohli’s men.
  • This is the first instance since March 2020 that India have lost back-to-back Tests. Like in New Zealand a couple of years ago, it has cost them the series.
  • An unbeaten century from Rishabh Pant in India’s second innings was crucial in the visitors gaining a 211-run lead. Captain Virat Kohli (29) and KL Rahul (10) were the only other batsmen in the Indian side to get to a two-figure score as India crumbled from 130 for four to 198 all-out on the third afternoon.
  • It was Pant’s fourth Test hundred as he became only the third wicketkeeper, after Adam Gilchrist and Jonny Bairstow, to have scored Test centuries in Australia, England and South Africa. He remains the only Indian batsman too, to have centuries in each of these countries. Previously, MS Dhoni was the only Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a century outside India.
  • Kohli spearheaded India’s first-innings batting effort with a patient 79, his 28th Test half-century. It was his second-slowest Test fifty in terms of balls faced (158). His slowest Test fifty came off 171 balls against England in 2012.
  • The Indian Test captain also notched up 100 Test catches with an acrobatic grab in South Africa’s first innings to dismiss Temba Bavuma off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.
  • India became the first Test team to lose all 20 wickets via the ‘caught’ mode of dismissal in the Cape Town Test.
  • Left-arm pacer Marco Jansen was the wrecker-in-chief for South Africa in the second innings with a four-wicket haul (4/36) as he finished the series with 19 wickets, the fifth-highest tally by a player in his debut series comprising three Tests or fewer.
  • The defeat was India’s 17th under Kohli’s captaincy.