The series between India and South Africa promises to be an exciting contest. The fact that India will play against South Africa in South Africa even makes it more interesting.
Although the Indian team has not performed very well in South Africa, the Virat Kohli led team has been in a terrific touch in the past couple of years and is expected to give a good fight to the hosts.
As a cricket enthusiast, the time is perfect to relive some of the nail-biting encounters between the two teams.
Hashim Amla was standup performer in the series
The Series was nicely set up after South Africa went 1-0 up in the first game, As expected India bounced back strongly in the second game and came up with a comprehensive performance to outdone South Africa in all the aspects of the game.
South Africa who was batting in the first innings collapsed from 218-1 to 296 all out. Debutant Peterson and Hashim Amla both got centuries. India in the reply posted a mammoth score of 643/6 riding on centuries from Sehwag, Tendulkar, Laxman and MS Dhoni.
After conceding a mammoth lead to India, South African Batsmen tried to give a tough fight to Hashim Amla who remained unbeaten at the crease and fought for 394 deliveries before he came short of partners in the end. Harbhajan Singh was the star performer among the Indian bowlers claiming figures of 59-5.
Ajinkya Rahane was the star performer in the game.
India had already won the series against South Africa and was having an unbeatable lead of 2-0. South Africa never looked like winning the game, after they conceded a lead of 213 runs to the host in the first innings. Ajinkya Rahane was the star performer for the Indian team in both the innings as he compiled up scores of 127 and 100 in the first and second innings respectively.
South Africa in reply of 480 were playing for the draw and the South African batsmen fought and stretched the game to the last session as they dragged the game for about 143 overs, They had to surrender in the end as the Indian bowlers bowled with a lot of discipline and India won the match in the end.
Virat Kohli was the man of the match
India got a slender lead of 36 in the first innings riding on the century from Virat Kohli and 4- wicket hauls from Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli stitched a match-winning 222 runs partnership in the second innings and India posted a healthy 421 on the board.
South Africa got off to a good start in pursuit of the target of 458 runs. It never seemed that they were playing for a draw as Faf Du Plessis and AB de Villiers played some great cricket on the last day and almost completed a record chase as they stacked up a partnership of 205 runs. After the dismissal of Faf Du Plessis South Africa needed 16 off last three overs and with only three wickets in hand they decided to play for a draw and eventually managed to pull a draw off.
VVS Laxman rose to the occasion in the series
The Very Very Special Laxman delivered magical performances in both the innings which eventually helped the visitors to square the series. VVS got a gritty 38 in the first innings and followed it up with a crafty 96 in the second innings.
He was also adjudged the man of the match because he gave a good fight to opponents on a bowler-friendly pitch. He was the only batsman to offer some resistance when almost all the other batsmen seemed clueless.
India got a lead of 74 in the first innings and posted 228 in the second innings thanks to VVS’s knock of 96 setting up a daunting target of 303 for the hosts and India pulled off an easy victory in the end.