Proteas trample India at SuperSport Park

Henry

One can certainly tick off the Proteas’ critics with a feather – after all, the South Africans handed out Test cricket hits at SuperSportpark against all expectations.

The home team only needed three days to beat India by an innings and 32 runs. In this way, the visitors will have to wait a little longer to conclude a red-ball cricket series in South Africa; it is a pity that the series consists of only two games.

A photo album of Dean Elgar’s final Test in Centurion should have a place of honor on his coffee table: The 36-year-old opening batsman played an excellent innings of 185 runs, while he also very athletically ran out Jasprit Bumrah in India’s second willow-bar attempt.

Marco Jansen impressed with his unbeaten innings of 84 runs and the Proteas were able to score 408 runs in their first innings for a lead of 163 runs.

After that, the left-handed sky broom along with Nandre Burger and Kagiso Rabada romped among the Indian batsmen and the visitors were bowled out within 35 overs.

But this is undoubtedly Elgar’s Test and he was deservedly named player of the match.

“This is a special test and I just want to enjoy every precious moment. It is my goal to always contribute to the team’s success. Yes, it didn’t always work out, but luckily things have now gone according to plan,” he said when accepting his award.

The tough-bearded batsman admitted that he sometimes had to stand up in front of the wickets.

“On a hot court it is important to keep things as simple as possible. Focus on the ball, play as late as possible and with a straight bat. You can lose your wicket at any time and you have to grab every opportunity with both hands. But it was a brilliant team effort and I am happy to say goodbye to this field on a winning note.”

The second test starts on Wednesday in Cape Town.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

India 245/10 in 67.4 overs: KL Rahul 101, Kagiso Rabada 5/59 and Nandre Burger 3/50.

South Africa 408/10 in 108.4 overs: Dean Elgar 185, Marco Jansen 84* and Jasprit Bumrah 4/69.

India 131/10 in 34.1 overs: Virat Kohli 76, Nandre Burger 4/33 and Marco Jansen 3/36.