- India won by 63 runs
- SA were dismissed for 177
- Kumar won the MOM
- SA won the series 2-1
After the shenanigans of Day 3 with the South Africans at their Hollywood bet bringing out all their antics in a quest to stop play, cricket resumed on Day 4 of the final test match. The New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg witnessed a fine day of play as rain stayed away and the pitch played good for batsmen in the first half of the day. Spectators were treated to a fine cocktail of batting and bowling before the Indian bowlers eventually triumphed to win a famous test on South African soil.
Continuing from 19-1, the South African batsmen got off to a steady start with the heavy roller being used on the pitch coming to their aid. A pitch that was hell for the batters for three days saw a massive change with the ball bouncing and coming onto the bat nicely. Amla (52) and Elgar took the hosts past 100 for just the loss of one wicket. With the sun finally coming out after lunch, the pitch started to dry up and its cracks started to appear once again with the Indian bowlers pouncing on this good news. Despite going into the tea break at 136-3 and sure of winning the match with a mere 105 runs more needed for victory, the South Africans were unable to face the wrath of the Indian bowling unit and went on to lose their final 7 wickets for 31 runs to hand the Indians the match.For South Africa it was a shambolic effort at trying to chase the target after tea as they faltered badly in their efforts.
Captain Kohli credited his team for the spirit and strength they showed to bounce back after losing the series 2-0.We don’t think like people on the outside. When things don’t go well, we as a team don’t say ‘oh we should have done this’ or ‘we should have done that’. That’s the easiest thing to do. I can say or write anything about anyone,” Kohli said.
India now face South Africa in a six-match ODI series starting February 1st.