Dean Elgar Remains Resolute, South Africa Inches Ever Closer to Victory Over India

Dean Elgar Remains Resolute, South Africa Inches Ever Closer to Victory Over India

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • Dean Elgar stood firm as he led South Africa one step closer to victory on day 3 of the 2nd test against India
  • India were bowled out with a lead of 240 runs but Dean Elgar remained resolute in the middle as the Proteas looked to chase down the total
  • South Africa will look to level the series with a victory against India in 2nd test and stand a good chance with Elgar in the middle

Dean Elgar played another captain's knock on day three of the second test between India and South Africa at the Wanderers, as the Proteas look to level the series.

India started the day on 85/2 with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane both at the crease. The duo then continued their great partnership, scoring 111 runs between the two of them.

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Dean Elgar stood firm at the end of day three, leading South Africa one step closer to victory. Image: Lee Warren
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KG Rabada was instrumental for South Africa as he dismissed Pujara and Rahane and got rid of the dangerous Rishabh Pant as well Sport24 reported.

The Indian lower order put on a fight as they got crucial runs to increase their lead to 240 once they were bowled out. Hanuma Vihari who replaced Virat Kohli for the second test finished on 40 not out for the visitors.

In reply, South Africa got off to a great start as captain Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram put on an opening partnership of 47 before Markram was dismissed.

Keegan Petersen and Elgar then put on a 46-run partnership for the second wicket, giving South Africa more of a foothold in the game.

Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Petersen later but Elgar remained resilient, despite taking a few body blows during his time at the crease.

South Africa finished day three on 118/2 with Elgar unbeaten on 46, CricInfo confirmed.

The Proteas head into day four needing just another 122 runs to win the game and level the three-match series with one to play.

Keegan Petersen and Temba Bavuma Give Proteas a Big Chance of a Win, Shardul Thakur Provides Hope for India

Earlier Sports Brief reported that stunning knocks from Keegan Petersen and Temba Bavuma gave South Africa a sniff of victory as they headed into the third day looking to bowl India out cheaply.

At the end of the first day, South Africa were 35/1 chasing India's 202. Petersen and Bavuma then both produced great batting displays as they scored 62 and 51 respectively. South Africa were eventually bowled out for 229, building a lead of 27 runs.

India then ended the day on 85/2 having lost danger batsmen KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, Sports24 reported. Cheteshwar Pujara was on 35 not out and Ajinkya Rahane was 11 not out as India held a slight 58-run lead going into day three.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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