Proteas settle for draw with India

2013-12-22 18:22

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India: 280 and 421

South Africa: 244 and 450/7 (Du Plessis 134, De Villiers 103, Petersen 76, Mohammed Shami 3/107, Ishant Sharma 1/91)

Match drawn

The Proteas fell just eight runs short of beating India and achieving what would have been the highest successful run chase in test history.

The fact that the Proteas got that close to winning the first test at the Wanderers was due to a world record fourth innings partnership of 205 between AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, the two men who were central to South Africa’s amazing rearguard in Adelaide last year.

They were needed to repeat the feat again and they did not fail. However, they were not able to take the game home, leaving Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander to play out the last three overs to save the game.

The finish seemed anti-climatic considering the frenetic last session but with the series being two tests, neither side wanted to give it away.

South Africa needed 127 runs in 31 overs and India needed six wickets to record another win at the Wanderers. Neither side could complete the job but that was down to some superb cricket all around.

Both the du Plessis and de Villiers raised their centuries. Du Plessis showed his match saving credentials with a 252-ball effort. His 395-minute vigil ended when he was run out by Ajinkya Rahane with only 16 runs needed.

It knocked the stuffing from the Proteas after the losses of De Villiers and JP Duminy.

De Villiers was the ying to Du Plessis’ yang, harassing the boundary riders and punching holes in the field with ease.

It was fair for him to be in the middle as he was part of South Africa’s highest successful run chase against Australia in 2008. In that game, he was there at the end, but in chopping on an Ishant Sharma delivery, he denied himself an opportunity to take the game home today.

His 168-ball effort was as aesthetic as any De Villiers batting performance ever seen but this one will go down in yore as one of his best efforts. Duminy faltered under pressure, driving a Mohammed Shami inswinger onto his stumps.

Credit has to go to the Indian team and especially their bowlers, who did not give in at any stage. Shami, the newest in the back, steamed in without fail and impressed while his seniors backed him up relentlessly from the other end. The series is now well set up for the second and final test, which starts in Durban on Thursday.

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