Cape Town. South Africa won 2-1 after falling behind in the Test series. The team defeated India by 7 wickets in the third Test (India vs South Africa) on Friday. This match ended in 4 days. India had given a target of 212 runs to South Africa. Keegan Petersen played an important role in winning the team by scoring 82 runs in the second innings. India scored 223 in the first innings and 198 in the second innings. South Africa had scored 210 runs in the first innings. India won the first test of the series. But the hosts captured the series by winning the last two Tests. The Indian team has never won a Test series here in 30 years. Now a three-match ODI series will be played between the two countries from January 19.
On the fourth day of the match, South Africa started playing 101 for 2 in the second innings. Keegan Pietersen was unbeaten on 48. He completed his third half-century of the series in the second over of the day. He made a brilliant 72 in the first innings as well. Pietersen for 59 runs at first slip Cheteshwar Pujara Dripped it. Had this catch been caught, the match could have been exciting, because even after this, South Africa needed 86 runs.
Fifty-century partnership for the third wicket
Keegan Peterson and Rassie van der Dussen Added 54 runs for the third wicket. Earlier, Pietersen also had a half-century partnership with Elgar for the second wicket. Pietersen scored 82 runs off 113 balls. Hit 10 fours. He was bowled by Shardul Thakur. Till lunch the score was 171 for 3 wickets. Dussan remained unbeaten on 41 and Temba Bavuma 32. Both added 57 not out. The team achieved the target in 63.3 overs. Elgar also contributed 30 runs in the second innings.
Indian bowler failed in second consecutive match
Earlier, South Africa also won the second Test by 7 wickets. Then he got a target of 240 runs. But the Indian bowlers could take only 3 wickets in the second innings. This time also the Indian bowlers could take only 3 wickets in the second innings. The team had experienced bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, but they proved to be laggy in front of the younger and less experienced batsmen of South Africa.
All failed except Pant and Kohli
Talking about this match, the captain Virat Kohli And Rishabh Pant Apart from this, all the batsmen failed. Kohli scored 79 runs in the first innings. Due to this the team could touch the 200-run mark. Cheteshwar Pujara also contributed 43 runs. Pant scored an unbeaten 100 in the second innings. No other batsman could touch the 30-run mark. Kohli scored 29 runs in the second innings. KL Rahul scored 12, 10, Mayank Agarwal scored 15, 7 and Ajinkya Rahane scored 9 and 1. Bumrah took 5 wickets in the first innings. But no one could do wonders in the second innings.
R Ashwin Couldn’t take any wicket in the third test. He could not contribute with the bat in the match. The off-spinner scored 2 runs in the first innings and 7 runs in the second innings. All-rounder Shardul Thakur also could not do wonders in the third Test. He took 7 wickets in the first innings of the second test.