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Shami's five-fer lead India to a consolatory win in Johannesburg

Mohammad Shami (centre) was India's hero in the final innings
Mohammad Shami (centre) was India's hero in the final innings

India 187 & 247 (Rahane 48) beat
South Africa 194 & 177 (Elgar 86no) by 63 runs
Third Test, Johannesburg, day four

Mohammad Shami picked a five-wicket haul as India managed to overcome an unbeaten 86 from Dean Elgar to register a 63-run victory in the final Test in Johannesburg.

Despite, the win, it is the Proteas, who claimed the series 2-1 following their wins in Cape Town and Centurion.

Amla-Elgar made pitch looked ordinary

The officials gave the game go ahead despite there were concerns about a call-off due to uneven bounce in the pitch, though there was a one hour delay to the start of the game due to overnight rain.They resumed the day with a score of 17 for one, needing another 224 to win. In the first delivery, Jasprit Bumrah (2-57) bowled five wides to Elgar (86 not out) and in the next over Hashim Amla (52) hit a couple of boundaries as the runs were coming thick and fast. Even though India did tighten things in the second hour, South Africa went into lunch with a score of 69 for one without losing a wicket.

The runs did not come at a brisk rate for the Proteas in the second session but there was nothing alarming happening off the wicket either as the 100-run mark came in the 41st over and soon the 100-run partnership also came. Elgar reached his fifty with a boundary in the 46th over and Amla reached his 38th half-century six overs later as South Africa looked comfortable at 124 for one.

The Collapse

As India had no clue whatsoever, it was Ishant Sharma (2-31), who got the visitors back into the game when he had Amla caught at short mid-wicket, ending a 119-run stand for the second wicket. This was the opening India wanted as Bumrah had AB de Villiers (6) caught in the gully as South Africa went into tea with a score of 136 for three.

Dinesh Karthik took over the wicket-keeping gloves after Parthiv Patel injured his right index finger. The final session started well for India with Ishant castling Faf du Plessis (2) with a delivery that kept low and soon Bumrah trapped Quinton de Kock (0) LBW. South Africa were reduced to 145 for five.

Shami leaves lone warrior Elgar stranded

It was a matter of time before Shami (5-28) got into the act as he had Vernon Philander (10) and Andile Phehlukwayo (0) castled in the 68th over and in his next repeated the same against Morne Morkel (0) as well. South Africa looked down and out at 161 for nine following which Elgar decided to counterattack with a couple of boundaries and a six. Nevertheless, Shami completed his five-wicket haul when he had Lungi Ngidi (4) caught behind, though India had to use a review to overturn the decision. South Africa were bowled out for 177 runs but they would be relieved to win the series 2-1.

Bhuvneshwar was declared the man of the match while Philander bagged the player of the series award.

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