After all the controversy surrounding the pitch at the Wanderers that prompted play to be called off prematurely on the third day of the test match, there was finally cricket to be played at Johannesburg. Chasing a stiff target of 241 in the fourth innings, the South African batsmen Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla had a task at hand as they walked out to bat after a delayed start. India needed 9 wickets to complete a memorable win at their favourite venue in South Africa.
South Africa had a mountain to climb with the pitch expected to behave even more unnaturally on the fourth day and the overcast conditions were always going to make it much more difficult for their batsmen to survive. Judging from the way the match had shaped out so far, the pitch was really difficult one as it had both movement off the seam as well as uneven bounce to make it even more difficult for batting. Elgar and Amla, however had other ideas and displayed great technique and composure at the crease, were solid in defence and kept the scoreboard ticking along on a track that was spitting venom for the last 3 days. The demons in the pitch seemed to have gone to rest in the morning session with the ball refusing to do much in the middle.
The opening for India was produced when Amla perished trying to play an uppish on drive helped by an outstanding catch from Hardik Pandya. Ab De Villiers, who arrived at the crease after Amla’s dismissal showed good intent and tried to take the attack back to the opposition but was taken by surprise by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery which jumped off the good length, struck him on the glove, and popped up in the air straight into the hands of Rahane, who was standing at gully.
AB De Viliiers was the highest run getter for South Africa in the series and the Indians were filled with joy on taking his wicket, knowing how quickly he could have taken the game away from the opposition. Skipper Virat Kohli was ecstatic, and leapt high, punching the air in delight and showing how much the wicket meant to him and to the Indian side.
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