South Africa’s Dean Elgar scores fighting fifty against India in Johannesburg Test

Dean Elgar’s unbeaten 86 went in vain as India beat South Africa by 63 runs in the third and final Test of the series at Wanderers in Johannesburg.

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2018 21:26 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times, Johannesburg
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Dean Elgar in action during the fourth day of the third Test match between South Africa and India at Johannesburg. (REUTERS)

South Africa opener Dean Elgar battled his way to a remarkable fifty but it went in vain as India won the third Test against South Africa by 63 runs after bundling out the hosts for 177 in their second innings on the fourth day. This was Elgar’s 10th Test fifty and came from 153 balls with seven boundaries. (SOUTH AFRICA vs INDIA 3rd TEST DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS)

Nobody expected Elgar to play such a combative innings after the way he copped a blow on his helmet from Jasprit Bumrah that brought an early end to the third day’s play. His position hadn’t improved on the fourth day too as India continued to probe the area outside his off-stump. (SOUTH AFRICA vs INDIA 3rd TEST DAY 4 SCORES)

A loose and full delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar however allowed Elgar to get some welcome runs when the going was getting really tough for him. His next boundary came in dubious fashion though. Trying to drive Kumar, Elgar saw his shot go past gully.

Kumar and Ishant Sharma though were keeping the pressure on him, bowling a nagging line that Elgar had to play at times. It obviously led to a lot of play and misses but Elgar did well to hang around. The first time Elgar looked like giving it back to the South Africans was when whacked Ishant through midwicket for a boundary.

But this was before Hardik Pandya got a delivery to hit him on the chest. Taking his eyes off the ball didn’t help but Elgar battled on before pulling Pandya through midwicket. In the process, Amla and Elgar also raised 100 runs for the second wicket and set up South Africa’s chase.

The shot that took Elgar past fifty too came in scratchy fashion. Trying to leave a Pandya delivery at the last second, Elgar got his glove to the ball that raced through the slip cordon to bring up his fifty.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 18:11 IST