Match Over - India won by 63 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: India, who chose to bat
  • Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Referee: AJ Pycroft
  • When: 24 Jan 2018, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: B Kumar


  • Umpire1: IJ Gould
  • Umpire2: Aleem Dar
  • Third Umpire: MA Gough



Overs: 65.5 / 0.0

South Africa



Overs: 76.4 / 0.0


That's all we have for you. Here's Sid Monga's report for those who want to bask in a great day of Indian cricket. Ranking up there with Leeds 2002 or Perth 2008 or Lords 2014 (those are the ones I can remember) Equally, if not more important to note is the fact that South Africa have won the series, looking a class apart in Cape Town, and adapting to a weird wicket well in Centurion. The 13 723 people who came to the Wanderers today will certainly be happy about that. Thanks for you lot here, making ball-by-ball ever so much fun. But now we have to part ways. Remember me though. This is Al Muthu craving attention.

Faf du Plessis comes up, to collect the awards for winning the series. "I thikn India outplayed us in this Test. We didn't take our chances. We were just sloppy. From a bowling poiint 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

Vernon Philander is Man of the Series, playing his 50th Test. "Sorry we couldn't win this one, but happy with my performances. Able to stand up with the bat in crucial situations. We'd have loved to pull this one off too, was my 50th Test, but India played better. Will give the body a break for a week, and then start preparing for the Australia Tests


Bhuvneshwar Kumar is Man of the Match for his all-round performance"Very happy. Whenever I get the chance, I try to do well and it came good at the right moment. I always enjoy batting, when it comes to Tests. It wasn't an easy wicket but I wanted to stay there as long as possible and luckily runs came too. It was an amazing track to bowl on, there were a few awkward balls, but overall it was good."

5.25 pm Here's 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.

WATCH - Shami completes five-for to wrap up India's win (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

5.15 pm An angry Kohli takes a bow, a signal of pure irony. He has played two spectacular innings on a pitch that held a special grudge for the batsmen. He was unhappy in Centurion, at his team-mates, at match-officials, at basically everything because the series was gone. But India arrived in Johannesburg. They got their selections right. They made the right call at the toss, and at the time many doubted it. Why would a team stack themselves with five bowlers and bat on a green pitch? Well this is why? India knew it would become terrible for batting in the last innings. And it did. South Africa were 124 for 1 and looked favourites to win until as late as 20 minutes before tea. Then they end up 177 all out. This will go down as one of India's most famous victories. The pitch was against them. They faced down a scary bowling attack. Bested the pitch. And found a way to prevent a whitewash.

But Poor Dean Elgar. He carries his bat for his troubles, but that would be little consolation. It was a high-quality innings, full of courage and unreal application. It's a shame very few of his team-mates could support him.

Cricket's done, but there's plenty of football to come today, with Real Madrid taking on Valencia, PSG hosting Montpellier and Liverpool facing West Brom in the FA Cup. You can watch all those games here.


Rudra Varma: "That is undoubtedly India's one of the best ever test wins home or away. Absolute grit, determination and courage shown by the batsmen. Given the treacherous pitch, both India and SA batsmen showed tremendous courage. Riveting !!! With the right (and sensible) team selection, India might have even won the series. Remember, first 2 tests were competed evenly for most of the time. what a wonderful series. Test cricket at its best "

Ebin: "The best test match ive ever seen . Even the Ashes wasnt this good. Outstanding cricket .Kudos to both teams."

Suramya: "Barring Three bad periods of play and bizarre selection calls before this test.. this could have been an entirely different scoreline.. also, SA and elgar should be very proud of their display"

Rushi: "I would go with Kohli as the MoM. It was a tough pitch to bat on and that was the difference. Amla was good too, but Kohli may edge out"

73.3Mohammed Shami to L Ngidi, OUT, No run, another appeal for caught behind and the wicketkeeper is confident enough to signal the DRS himself. Back of a length delivery that Ngidi thrusts his hands at.... and there's a noise as the ball passes the bat... Ultra-Edge confirms it... Shami has five! India win!.
73.2Mohammed Shami to L Ngidi, No run, half an appeal for lbw but umpire Gould is unmoved and Kohli flashes a smirk, as if he knows they were pushing it with the shout. Right, now to the ball, back of a length, outside off, gets a little waft from the No. 11.
73.1Mohammed Shami to L Ngidi, No run, short ball, outside off, lets it go.
End of over 73. 10 runs this over. 177/9 after 438 balls.
D Elgar 86 (240b 9x4 1x6 ) B Kumar 18-4-39-1
L Ngidi 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Amit: "How ironical is it. The man who was stuck yesterday after which play was stopped, is still standing unconquered. It's like pitch saying that I am not as bad as you have made me with words. Remember the era without helmets, and WI fast bowlers. And before that, uncovered pitches. It seems, Rahane judgement of the pitch was right. "

WATCH - Pujara laps up a Rabada edge (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 72. 5 runs this over. 167/9 after 432 balls.
L Ngidi 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) Mohammed Shami 12-2-28-4
D Elgar 76 (234b 8x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Shami gets Morkel with a yorker (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 71. 1 runs this over. 162/9 after 426 balls.
L Ngidi 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 17-4-29-1
D Elgar 75 (229b 8x4 0x6 ) more

JIgnesh: "This will be a very trick MoM award - Kohli for his two great innings? Bhuvi for his good all round performance that kept the match alive for India? Bumrah for 7 wickets?" --- Amla should figure in those calculations too

Harsha: "9 duck outs of 39 wickets! "

End of over 70. 1 runs this over. 161/9 after 420 balls.
L Ngidi 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammed Shami 11-2-23-4
D Elgar 74 (224b 8x4 0x6 ) more

Morne Morkel, the new batsman, has two balls to deal with

Darshan Mandali: "@Raj: exactly. Even if India lost this series, India regained pride. I have never seen such a good performance overseas. Previously India used to struggle in batting and bowling but now India just need to worry about batting."

WATCH - Philander chops on against Shami (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

WATCH - Shami sends Phehlukwayo back for duck (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 69. 3 runs this over. 160/8 after 414 balls.
K Rabada 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 16-4-28-1
D Elgar 73 (220b 8x4 0x6 ) more

India are two wickets away

Suresh: "This is Fantastic show by the bowling unit of India..Dictating terms to the Overseas batsman on thier own turf... A NEW ERA really..."

Raj: "Three tests, 6 innings and 60 wickets!!! When was the last time that India picked up all the wickets touring SA/Aus/Eng/NZ?"

san: "SA has lost 6 wickets for 33 runs"

End of over 68. 4 runs this over. 157/7 after 408 balls.
AL Phehlukwayo 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammed Shami 10-2-22-3
D Elgar 70 (217b 8x4 0x6 ) more

India are only three wickets away from one of their best ever victories - at home or overseas, Tests or limited-overs

JIgar: "To be honest this is the first time SA lower order is under pressure. All batting before that had not match in stake but just swinging balance. Inning by Rabada here will define his character if he stays on."

ArghyaP: "Having turned on alerts for wickets.. every time my phone vibrates.. it is silent music for my ears.."

Vishnu Raj: "Respect for Elgar.With all the questions asked about his technique against the short ball,he has played more than 200 balls on this pitch and has kept SA ahead in this match.Eventhough at this stage it is 50-50, any team can win from here.But such an awesome innings from Elgar." ----- And he can't do anything stuck at the other end, having taken blows, being beaten, going through the sternest examination he has ever faced. Anyway, here's Andile Phehlukwayo

End of over 67. 2 runs this over. 153/5 after 402 balls.
D Elgar 70 (217b 8x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 15-4-25-0
VD Philander 6 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Bumrah sends de Kock back for a duck (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

Cosmo Sapien: "Spectacularly spooky pitch. "

End of over 66. 2 runs this over. 151/5 after 396 balls.
D Elgar 69 (212b 8x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 21-3-57-2
VD Philander 5 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ashok Sridharan: "The clatter of wickets just goes to show the class of Amla. The demons in the pitch are very much alive"

End of over 65. 3 runs this over. 149/5 after 390 balls.
D Elgar 68 (210b 8x4 0x6 ) I Sharma 16-3-31-2
VD Philander 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 92 runs, India five wickets

Karthik Sukumar: "Honestly speaking, this series has been much closer than the scores reveal. It's been riveting Test cricket! Kudos to both teams!"

Rohan: "Throughout the day, the pitch seemed like it had eased out seeing the way even a hard, new ball wasn't troubling the batsmen today as much as it did yesterday. But, a 60-over old ball is wreaking havoc while it yesterday seemed relatively harmless even against the lower order. Test cricket really is wonderfully unpredictable! "

End of over 64. 1 runs this over. 146/5 after 384 balls.
VD Philander 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 20-3-55-2
D Elgar 68 (209b 8x4 0x6 ) more

South Africa need 95 runs, India five wickets

WATCH - Low bounce gets the better of du Plessis (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

India are surging and in comes a man playing his 50th Test. Big Vern.

WATCH - Amla's fighting innings (Available in the Indian subcontinent).

End of over 63.  A maiden over! 145/4 after 378 balls.
D Elgar 68 (209b 8x4 0x6 ) I Sharma 15-3-28-2
Q de Kock 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Zaeb: "Will de Kock dare upset his new captain at RCB :p" ---- South Africa need 96, India six wickets. There's a little break in play as the South African batsmen are tended to, or rather Elgar in particular.

End of over 62. 1 runs this over. 145/4 after 372 balls.
D Elgar 68 (203b 8x4 0x6 ) JJ Bumrah 19-3-54-1
Q de Kock 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Mangesh Shinde: "100 more needed means a difference here is Kohli & Pujara's those 1st innings' 50s. Had South Africa not given lifelines to both of them, took those 2 chances they would've won by now. "

End of over 61. 1 runs this over. 144/4 after 366 balls.
F du Plessis 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) I Sharma 14-2-28-2
D Elgar 67 (197b 8x4 0x6 ) more

The out-of-form Quinton de Kock is in with South Africa 97 away