India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, Jan 3 – 6 2022, India tour of South Africa
Match Result: South Africa won by 7 wickets
Player of the Match: Dean Elgar
Match Report: Indian fans are unhappy but cricket fans are delighted. A decider test match at Cape Town. One that will surely yield a result. This match was fantastic, a low scoring match with seamers dominating. Today’s first session was completely washed out. It seemed like we would have no play but the clouds cleared at right time. Elgar played a captain’s knock. Today, he was particularly attacking and went after loose shots. Indian fans saying that the team should had capitalized on Rahane-Pujara partnership must understand that India were left behind after the first innings total itself.
It was too much to ask for the bowlers to drag India back into the match. With Siraj out due to hamstring injury, the task got harder for Indians. Shardul failed to produce the magic he did in the second innings. India have relied on their bowlers far too many times. It was the same case today. The bowlers were in their regular wave and that itself decided the result.
Dean Elgar | Winning captain and Player of the Match – “I don’t know what’s the right or wrong way in winning a cricket match, but it’s all about doing the basics right. We ticked a lot of boxes right to make it 1-1. We now go to Cape Town with plenty of confidence – it wasn’t easy, the batters were determined. but credit to our bowlers, the effort they put in was very impressive. I am yet to see the bruises (the blows he received), but it’s a big motivation to go and play for your country.
Whatever I’m going through, it’s important to see the bigger picture and the bigger picture is to win games for your country. When you perform like this over the period of four days, it does make you forget the pain in doing so. A lot of test for our batters, we have struggled to find the right batting line-up, find the people for the right roles, entrust the people into their roles and to bat in such a way in not so easy conditions pleases you a lot. The way he batted (Rassie van der Dussen), he will go a long way in his career, the way he batted (during his knock of 40) will set him up in the future.”
KL Rahul | Losing captain– “Every Test match we play, we want to win, we go out there and compete hard, but South Africa played really well and deserved this victory. We were looking to get on the field today, try and do something special, 122 to get, the pitch was playing up and down, we had a good chance, but their batters played really well. If I want to be harsh, the first innings total of 202 was at least 50-60 runs short, we should have scored more and put them under pressure.
Shardul (Thakur) has been superb for us, has won us a lot of games, he bowled well in the first innings and gave us a chance today as well. They have been great players for us (on Pujara and Rahane), have always done the job for us over the years, have been under the pump recently, but we believe Pujara and Rahane are our best middle-order players, to go out there, bat in that mindset and play such an innings. It’ll give them confidence and make them do even better in the next Test.”
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