India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, Jan 24 – 27 2018, South Africa v India 2018
Match Result: India won by 63 runs
Player of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Match Report: This was a historic match in many sense. India don’t have many wins in South Africa, especially in the longest format. But this match was different. This fixture saw contributions from all the eleven players, helping India to secure a win. It ended up being a consolation win since South Africa were already 2-0 up going in this match.
Pujara played a gritty knock. His knock, as always, was slow but it helped India to have a stable innings since they had lost some early wickets. Now, as the 2021 tour begins tomorrow, we look at one of the best innings of Pujara. Let’s hope he replicates this or does even better tomorrow at Centurion.
Virat Kohli: “Lovely. We required some character playing on a pitch that was very difficult. I think our guys showed great guts throug hthe four days. We took the challenge. Batting first wasn’t a call that went down well with some people, but we knew it was the right call. We knew we were close in the first two games. This was perfect. Elgar and Amla played really well, although it was not easy. You expect that from South Africa. But one thing I know is that when wickets go down, in pressure situations, its very difficult to come back.
And the other good thing was we didn’t leak runs. The bowlers are a big positive. Sixty wickets in a series is rare, and if the batsmen step up, they understand they need to and they did in this game and the win feels really great. Need bowlers confident to win Tests and as batsmen, we need to think about our game, prepare better and I’m sure we can win more often away from home.”
Faf du Plessis comes up, to collect the awards for winning the series. “I think India outplayed us in this Test. We didn’t take our chances. We were just sloppy. From a bowling point of view, we weren’t consistent. Our fielding was pretty average. And with the bat, it was tough conditions. We were surprised how well the pitch played this morning, Hashim and Dean great partnership.
But the history of this wicket tells you the ball does a bit more late in the day. We can only blame ourselves. Extremely happy to win the series. But if you told me 2-1 before this series, I would’ve bitten the hand off. India have played great wicket, but we were deserved winnings. Lot of one-day cricket against a very strong Indian team, and then Australia, and we will take confidence into there.”
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Video of Cheteshwar Pujara 50 Runs vs South Africa at Johannesburghttps://t.co/HBzLMlOOcj— avishkar govardhane (@avishkargovardh) December 25, 2021