Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
1 minute read
30 Dec 2021
12:14 pm

UPDATE: India on brink of first Test victory against Proteas

Ken Borland

Captain Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma fought a lone battle on the final morning of the first Test in Centurion.

India celebrate the wicket of Dean Elgar of the Proteas during day five of the first Test in Centurion on Thursday. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Despite the best efforts of Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma, India were closing in on victory in the first Test at SuperSport Park on Thursday as they reduced South Africa to 182/7 at lunch on the fifth and final day at Centurion.

South Africa, chasing a record-breaking 305 to win on a deteriorating pitch, resumed on the final morning on 94/4.

Elgar, who survived for more than three hours on the fourth afternoon, battled on for another 45 minutes on Thursday before the outstanding Jasprit Bumrah eventually got the better of the Proteas captain.

Having recently switched to around the wicket to the left-hander, Bumrah zipped a delivery back into the batsman, trapping him lbw for a tenacious 77, made in 235 minutes off 156 balls.

Bavuma and Elgar had added 36 for the fifth wicket and the vice-captain continued to show great composure through the entire morning session, going to lunch on 34 not out.

None of the other South African batsmen have put such hefty prices on their wickets, which is why the home side is once again struggling to reach 200, never mind 300.

Quinton de Kock scored a carefree 21 but was not playing the situation, which required really tight, disciplined batting, and his third loose waft outside off stump brought his downfall, edging Mohammed Siraj into his stumps.

Mohammed Shami then returned to the attack and his second delivery was bang on the money, a fraction outside off stump and straightening, with extra bounce, and Wiaan Mulder could only get a thin edge to a fine ball, being caught behind for a single.

Bavuma is now left with the fast bowlers for company and Marco Jansen survived through to lunch on 5 not out.

Bumrah has been the best of the bowlers with 3/50 in 19 overs, while Siraj has taken 2/47 in 18 overs and Shami 2/55 in 16.