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Dean Elgar and the curse of 199 in Test cricket

Dean Elgar of South Africa cricket team, who had gone past his previous highest Test score of 140, looked set for a double century in the first Test vs Bangladesh cricket team till an attempted pull shot against Shafiul Islam looped off a top edge to short midwicket and he got out at 199

cricket Updated: Sep 29, 2017 20:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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South Africa cricket team batsman Dean Elgar (R) reacts as Bangladesh cricket team’s bowler Mustafizur Rahman celebrates his dismissal during the second day of the first Test on Friday(AFP)

There is nothing more disappointing in cricket than to be dismissed or left stranded on the verge of a milestone -- 199 in a Test match arguably the most painful. (SA vs BAN 1st Test, Day 1 live updates and scorecard)

In the ongoing South Africa vs Bangladesh Test match at Potchefstroom, Dean Elgar came agonisingly close to his maiden double century, falling just one run short as he was dismissed for 199 on Friday.

The left-handed Elgar, who had gone past his previous highest Test score of 140, looked set for a double century till an attempted pull shot against Shafiul Islam looped off a top edge to short midwicket. Elgar, meanwhile, became the first South African batsman, and 12th overall, to be dismissed for a score of 199.

On the bright side, Elgar’s career-best 199 was the anchor for South Africa to pile on the runs after being given the opportunity by Mushfiqur Rahim to bat first on a placid pitch in Potchefstroom.

Here’s a list of players who have ended up with a score of 199 in a Test innings:

Player – Opposition – Ground – Years
  • Mudassar Nazar – India – Faisalabad – 1984
  • Mohammad Azharuddin – Sri Lanka – Kanpur – 1986
  • Matthew Elliott – England – Leeds – 1997
  • Sanath Jayasuriya – India – Colombo (SSC) – 1997
  • Steve Waugh – West Indies – Bridgetown – 1999
  • Andy Flower – South Africa – Harare – 2001
  • Younis Khan – India – Lahore – 2006
  • Ian Bell – South Africa – Lord’s – 2008
  • Kumar Sangakkara – Pakistan – Galle – 2012
  • Steve Smith – West Indies – Kingston – 2015
  • KL Rahul – England – Chennai – 2016
  • Dean Elgar – Bangladesh – Potchefstroom – 2017

*Stats Updated Till September 29, 2017*

First Published: Sep 29, 2017 20:37 IST