South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 4 Stats Review: Dean Elgar's stellar show ends visitors' unbeaten streak in Johannesburg

South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Day 4 Stats Review: Dean Elgar’s stellar show ends visitors’ unbeaten streak in Johannesburg

Can India make a comeback at Cape Town and script their maiden series victory in South Africa?

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Dean Elgar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Captain Dean Elgar stood tall for South Africa as he remained unbeaten on 96 to guide his team to a famous victory over the Asian giants on the fourth day of the second Test, which started late due to rain in Johannesburg. The hosts tasted success for the first time in six matches against India at the Wanderers stadium.

Resuming at his overnight score of 46, skipper Elgar brought up his half-century and was equally supported by Rassie van der Dussen who had suffered three low scores in the previous three innings. Mohammed Shami finally provided the breakthrough for India when he got van der dussen out for 40 with South Africa’s score reaching 175. In-form batter Temba Bavuma then joined hands with the skipper to seal the deal for the hosts.

For India, Shardul Thakur’s seven-wicket haul in the first innings and the under-performing duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane scoring fifties in the second innings were the positives from the match.

For the Proteas, runs from Temba Bavuma, Keegan Petersen, and from the captain himself along with the performances of the pacers were the highlights. For his brilliant captain’s knock of 96*, Dean Elgar was adjudged the Player of the Match as the series is now all square at 1-1. The third and decisive match takes place at Newlands, Cape Town starting January 11, 2022.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Day 4:

3 – Dean Elgar scored his third 50-plus score against India in the fourth innings of a Test. He is now joint-top with Mathew Hayden, Javed Miandad, Mahela Jayawardene, and Tom Latham to record as many scores.

8 – Dean Elgar is now eighth in the list of South African batters with most fiifty-plus scores in Tests. He surpassed Faf du Plessis numbers of 31 50-plus scores.

1 – South Africa win their first Test match against India in six attempts at Johannesburg.

4549 – Dean Elgar completed 4500 runs in Test matches.

6 – With six 50-plus scores in the fourth innings of a Test, Dean Elgar is now joint-fifth with Gary Kirsten to as many scores. Graeme Smith (13), Jacques Kallis (11), Hashim Amla (10), and AB de Villiers (8) are ahead of them.

3 – Third highest successful fourth-innings chase (240) by South Africa at home. Their previous two successful chases came against Australia (335) in 2002 and England (284) in 1906.

1 – First loss for India against South Africa in six matches at Johannesburg.

16 – 16th win for South Africa over India in Test matches. Before this Test, both teams had 15 wins each against each other with the Proteas now leading ahead by one victory.

96* – Dean Elgar recorded the second-highest score by a South African skipper against India in Tests. Kepler Wessels tops the list for his score of 118 which he notched up in the year 1992.

2 – Skipper Dean Elgar is now second on the list for a batter with the highest score in the fourth innings against India since 2018. Jos Buttler is on top for his knock of 106 in 2018.

3 – Shardul Thakur is now the Indian pacer with third-best bowling figures in an innings in a Test defeat. Kapil Dev (9/83) vs West Indies in 1983 and Javagal Srinath (8/86) vs Pakistan in 1999 are in the top two.