South Africa vs India: Dean Elgar Skippers Proteas to Historic Victory at the Wanderers

South Africa vs India: Dean Elgar Skippers Proteas to Historic Victory at the Wanderers

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • Dean Elgar led South Africa to victory at the Wanderers on day 4 on the 2nd test match against India
  • The win gave South Africa a historic victory as they had never beaten India at the Wanderers before in a test
  • India and South Africa will now play at Newlands in Cape Town with the series level after South Africa's historic win

Dean Elgar picked up where he left off from as he led South Africa to victory on day four of the second test against India.

Chasing 240 for victory, South Africa chased down the total with seven wickets in hand despite rain affecting play during most of the day.

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South Africa claimed victory in the second test thanks to a captain's knock by Dean Elgar. Image: Sydney Seshibedi/ Phill Magakoe
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Elgar was resolute at the crease and finished on 96 not out, a true captain's knock, Sport24 reported. South Africa went into the day on 118/2 needing 122 runs more to win on day four.

Despite a lengthy rain delay which lasted river five hours, the Proteas chased down the total when play resumed and only lost the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen in the process.

While India were chasing history with a series-clinching win, it was South Africa who made history as they beat India for the first time in a test match at the Wanderers, The Quint confirmed. South Africa and India will contest the third match at Newlands from 11 January with the series level at one win each.

Proteas fans also took to social media to praise the team for the historic victory as South Africa produced a much better batting display.


"Thank you, Dean Elgar. Brilliant performance. On to the next one. Bavuma's had a great series so far but we want a century (or 2) in Cape Town."


"I'll admit. They proved me wrong. Brilliant batting this innings. So much grit shown. I wish we could see this from top order more often. Our captain Elgar and vice captain Bavuma,best batsmen this match. Also, sense a few fines for some indians coming. Poor sportsmanship"


"Very good performance from our top order. Patience was the key going to the second innings and they did that perfectly. Good knock by captain Elgar. Newlands here we come."

Dean Elgar remains resolute, South Africa inches ever closer to victory over India

In cricket news from day three of the test, 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, Sports Brief earlier 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.

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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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