After Petersen fell, Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma mixed for an unbeaten partnership of 57 off 105 balls to chase down 212, scripting a outstanding series victory from being 0-1 down, shedding tosses to acing 200-plus chases twice to win by 2-1
The play on Day 4 started with Petersen reaching his second half-century of the match with a brace on thick edge going by third man. It additionally meant that Petersen has crossed fifty thrice within the series, together with twice within the ongoing match. India pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah requested many questions whereas beating the outer edges however co’ldn’t get a wicket early on.
Van der Dussen pounced on all the things with width and likewise survived a caught behind attraction off Shami as the bat touched the bottom whereas trying to drive. Petersen continued to impress together with his off-aspect play and had a reprieve at 59 when Bumrah discovered his periphery with a peach of a supply however Cheteshwar Pujara could not maintain onto the catch on the first slip.
Van der Dussen clipped Umesh Yadav by mid-wicket whereas Petersen took two extra boundaries by the off-aspect off Shami and Bumrah. The 54-run partnership was damaged by Shardul Thakur, who acquired Petersen to chop onto his stumps and fell 18 runs in need of his maiden Test hundred.
Petersen’s knock of 82 off 113 balls, his profession-greatest effort, comes after he made a glowing 72 within the first innings. The 28-12 months-outdated signed off from the three-match series as the best run-scorer with 276 runs in six innings, which ought to be adequate for him to seal the quantity three spot for himself in So’th Africa’s Test eleven.
Petersen’s departure acquired India to maintain issues tight until Temba Bavuma punched off backfoot after which creamed a drive-by further cowl off Bumrah to restart the run-movement for South Africa. Thakur virtually had van der Dussen’s wicket however the suitable-hander survived through umpire’s name on an lbw attraction as South Africa went into lunch on the verge of a win.
Post lunch, Bavuma and van der Dussen continued their clean run-making spree. Ravichandran Ashwin was swept over backward sq. leg by van der Dussen whereas Bavuma punched sweetly by cowl off Yadav. Bavuma latched onto flight supplied by Ashwin to nail the sweep by sq. leg.
Van der Dussen’s dab to level off Ashwin for a single resulted in 4 overthrows earlier than Bavuma completed off in fashion with a slog-sweep over deep mid-wicket.
The roar and punch within the air from Bavuma after hitting the profitable runs confirmed the feelings of a workforce who weren’t the favourites to win the series however did it.
India, who have been the overwhelming favourites to clinch a maiden series win within the Rainbow Nation, shall be left questioning the place they faltered after profitable in Centurion.
Brief scores: India 223 and 198 misplaced to South Africa 210 and 212/3 in 63.3 overs (Keegan Petersen 82, Rassie van der Dussen 41 not out; Shardul Thakur 1/22, Mohammed Shami 1/41) by seven wickets