In South Africa, India has lost yet another Test series. India won the opening Test match by 113 runs at SuperSport Park in Centurion, kicking off the 2021-22 series. At the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, the Proteas fought back with a seven-wicket victory in the second match. On Friday, the hosts chased down 212 at Newlands, Cape Town, to win the series 2-1.
After commencing Day 4 on 101/2, India needed early wickets in the morning but only got one, that of Keegan Petersen (82 of 113) as South Africa reached 171/3 (55) overs at lunch. They also completed the requisite 41 runs before tea.
- A big upset for Virat Kohli & his team
Virat Kohli returned to lead the visitors in the series finale after missing the second match due to a back spasm. Rishabh Pant produced a remarkable century in the second innings after winning the toss and playing a calm knock in the first. In the meantime, Jasprit Bumrah finished a fifer. From the Indian point of view, they were the match’s highlights.
South Africa made 70 runs and lost one wicket in the opening session of the fourth day, ensuring they kept control of the match against India. After lunch, South Africa were 171/3, with Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma both unbeaten on 22 and 12 runs.
South Africa got off to a cautious start in their second innings, with Petersen and van der Dussen putting together a 54-run third-wicket stand.
In the opening session, Shardul Thakur took out Petersen, but van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma kept South Africa in the lead.
South Africa fought well, according to Kohli, but there were times when his side ‘lacked attention.’ The Proteas were the ‘deserving winners,’ according to him.
The series loss was attributed to the Indian captain’s team’s weak batting performance. He claimed that India did not take advantage of the momentum gained by Team India after winning the first Test in Centurion. He described Centurion’s first Test victory as “very special.”
Kohli stated that he will not be satisfied with his previous achievements in Australia and England.
Dean Elgar, Kohli’s South African counterpart, expressed his delight at the series victory and pride in his squad. After losing the first Test, he claimed the team needed to demonstrate “immense spirit” to rise to the obstacles. Elgar praised his bowlers for taking 60 wickets in such a difficult situation.
India, the world’s finest test squad, was anticipated to win against a youthful, rebuilding South Africa side, especially after appearing so good in Centurion.
The series was low-scoring and tight throughout, thanks in part to the South African pitches’ fast bowler-friendly nature and the strength of both sides’ bowling attacks.
In the end, South Africa’s projected weakness – it’s batting — triumphed over India’s formidable bowling attack, which was led by Jasprit Bumrah.
In the first innings, India’s top bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, was outstanding. In 23.3 overs, he grabbed five wickets for 42 runs (8 maidens). In Test cricket, it was Bumrah’s seventh five-wicket haul.
Since his Test debut in Cape Town in 2018, Bumrah has shared the lead with West Indies’ Jason Holder and New Zealand’s Tim Southee for the most five-fors.