South Africa registered a relieving win over the dominant Indian side in the second test match of the series in Johannesburg. South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets on rain affected Day 4.
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On the 4th day, South Africa required 122 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand. With two sessions being washed out due to rain, they chased the target comfortably in the final session. Captain Dean Elgar lead from the front with 96 unbeaten in the run chase. The Indian bowlers failed to deliver and performed under expectations.
In the first innings, India were bowled out for 202 while South Africa took the lead by 27 runs. In the second innings, Indian batters tried to gain momentum but failed to deliver. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scored fifties while Hanuma Vihari played a gritty knock to take India to a respectable total. But South Africa responded well in the final innings. Dean Elgar was adjusted the man of the match for his brillance in both the innings.
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Brief scores: India 202 (K.L. Rahul 50; Marco Jansen 4-31) and 266 (Ajinkya Rahane 58; Lungi Ngidi 3-43) lost to South Africa 229 (Keegan Petersen 62; Shardul Thakur 7-61) and 243/3 (Dean Elgar 96*; R. Ashwin 1-26) by 7 wickets. Player of the Match: Dean Elgar.