Johannesburg: The first Test of a three-match series between India and South Africa is being played at Centurion’s Supersport Park. South Africa are chasing 305 for victory. They need another 211 runs. India, on the other hand, need six more wickets to win the match. A 305-run target at Centurion’s ground is not easy. So far no team has scored more than 250 runs in the fourth innings. By the end of the fourth day’s play, Africa were playing at 94 for four. South Africa captain Dean Elgar has scored 52 runs and is playing unbeaten. Jaspreet Bumrah took 2 wickets for India. In addition, Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami took 1 wicket each.
India were bowled out for 174 on the fourth day. With the first innings lead, India have set a target of 305 for victory over South Africa. South Africa are still trailing by 211 runs. Captain Dean Elgar is still on the field and that is the main problem for India. He hit a brilliant half-century in the final session of the day. South Africa have lost Markram, Keegan Peterson and Sari Van Der. On the last ball of the day, Bumrah dismissed Keshav Maharaj, much to India’s relief.
So far in the second innings, Jaspreet Bumrah has taken two wickets while Shami and Siraj have taken one wicket each. If India wrap up the South African innings tomorrow, it will be India’s first victory over Centurion. Earlier, India lost both the matches. Centurion’s wicket is in a position to intimidate the bowlers. Because the ball bounces in the middle, sometimes the ball stays down.
Disappointment from Indian batsmen
Like the first innings, the Indian batsmen were disappointed in the second innings. Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Nigidi and Marco Janssen put on 174 runs for the loss of three wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, the middle order batsmen disappointed. No one from India has scored a half century. Rishabh Pant top scored with 34 runs. Back innings centurion KL Rahul (23) was dismissed for runs. Virat Kohli (18), Cheteshwar Pujara (16) and Ajinkya Rahane (20) were all dismissed. Rabada, Jansen took four wickets each while Nigidi took two wickets.
It is noteworthy that only once in over a century has the field successfully chased a score of over 300 in the fourth innings. It is said that this will be difficult for Africa too. That is why it is being said that India’s chances of victory are high. However, the final outcome will depend on the performance of the players on both the teams. The only time in the history of this stadium was when the target of over 300 runs was successfully achieved in a domestic match of South Africa in 2001-02.