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Day 4: Proteas seal series win

Keegan Petersen played another excellent knock in this match while Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma finished the job for their side by scoring the winning runs.

South Africa win the series by 2-1 and the dream of the Indian team to beat South Africa on their home soil is vanished once again.

 India     1st innings    223 all-out 

Kohli 79               Rabada 4-73                                                                                                                                       Pujara 43             Jensen 3-55                                                                                                                                              

South Africa   1st innings  210 all-out 

Petersen 72            Bumrah 5-42                                                                                                                                     Bavuma  28             Shami 2-39 

India    2nd innings      198 all-out 

Pant 100*           Jensen 4-36                                                                                                                                                  Kohli 29               Ngidi 3-21

South Africa    2nd innings    212-3

Petersen 82                         Thakur 1-22                                                                                                                                    van der Dussen 41*            Shami 1-41   

South Africa lost only a single wicket in the whole day and chased down the target of 212 quite comprehensively.

Petersen missed his hundred by only 18 runs while Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten on the scores of 41 and 32 respectively.

Shardul Thakur dismissed Petersen to pick up the only wicket that fell today.

After winning the first Test match, India had a great chance to win their first-ever series in South Africa but the Proteas shattered their dream by making a strong comeback in the next two matches. 

Jasprit Bumrah went for his famous yorkers early on today.

Mohammed Shami also tried his best as he got the ball to seam away at will.

This is a world-class bowling attack and South Africa knew it.

They respected the fact that the 111 runs they still required for a win would need them to put their body, mind, and spirit on the line.

And that’s exactly what South Africa did.

Petersen’s back-to-back half-centuries

Keegan Petersen has proved himself as a Test batter in this match and he will now be the regular part of the playing 11.

Petersen scored two big back-to-back half-centuries in this match.

He scored a brilliant knock of 72 runs in the first innings and now he smashed another superb inning of 82 runs in the second innings to set up the chase for his side.

He was the top scorer for South Africa in both innings and that’s why he was awarded the Player of the Match award for his excellent performance.

He smashed 10 brilliant fours in his knock of 82 runs.

Finally, he was bowled out by Shardul Thakur when the score reached 155-3. 

After the dismissal of Petersen, Temba Bavuma joined Rassie van der Dussen to score another excellent partnership that eventually got them over the line.

They played some beautiful shots against the Indian bowling lineup.

Bavuma scored 5 excellent boundaries in his knock of 32 runs.

Rassie van der Dussen didn’t score big runs in this series but he played some crucial knocks in the 4th innings of the last two matches that South Africa won.

South Africa comfortably chased down the target with still 7 wickets in hand.

South Africa also became only the 5th team to chase down a target of 200 plus runs twice in a series. 

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