Team India is just six wickets away from victory in the Centurion Test match. On the fourth day of the Test, India gave the hosts a target of 305 runs, but by the time of stumps, the Indian pace bowlers took four wickets for only 94 runs to take India to victory. Jasprit Bumrah did not allow the South African batsmen to stand easily at the crease, taking his third wicket in the innings by dismissing Keshav Maharaj on the last ball of the day. Only the host captain Dean Elgar (52* runs, 122 balls) could show the mettle of the struggle.
Team India will win in Centurion for the first time
Nine foreign teams of the world have played at least one Test match here, but only two teams have been able to win this impregnable fort. Except Australia and England, no foreign team has won here. Now Team India has a chance to do so. India can become the first Asian country to win Centurion, beating Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.
England set the biggest target in Centurion
Earlier, India scored 174 runs in their second innings and challenged South Africa to score 305 runs in more than four sessions. India had bowled out the hosts for 197 runs after scoring 327 runs in the first innings. In this way a lead of 130 runs was achieved. The record for the biggest target in Centurion is held by England, who won the game in 2000-01 by scoring 251 runs in the fourth innings. This is the fifth time that India have taken a 250-plus lead in their third innings against South Africa on their soil. India has won two test matches in the last four times. The remaining two draws are left.
Captain Kohli’s eye will be on the records
For the 49th time, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India has contained the opposition team’s innings within 200 runs in a Test match. this is the most. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith is second with 48 times. At number three is Peter May, under whose leadership England has done such a feat 40 times. Virat Kohli, who was recently removed from the captaincy of ODIs after T20, would like to forget the bitter memories of the World Test Championship final and World T20 by winning the Centurion Test.