South Africa vs India 2018, 3rd Test: Hits and misses
The Indian Team managed to save face and the embarrassment of a whitewash by winning the final Test against South Africa at Johannesburg by 63 runs. The hosts were given a target of 241 to chase and were cruising at 124/1.
However, some sensational bowling by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah saw India through although South Africa ended up winning the series 2-1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged the Man of the Match due to his performances with both bat and ball.
The match saw a number of brilliant performances from both sides as well as some sloppy performances.
Here are five hits and misses from the final Test between India and South Africa.
Hit: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvi was undoubtedly India’s hero of the match. He wasn’t the best performer in any particular innings but was pretty consistent in both innings. The 27-year old’s 49-ball 30 in the first innings helped India reach 187 as at one point, it seemed that they wouldn’t even reach 150.
With the ball, Bhuvi took three extremely important wickets. He dismissed openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram before sending AB de Villiers back to the pavilion. He ended with figures of 3/44. In the second innings, Bhuvi played another composed innings, scoring 33 from 76 deliveries. During the target defence, the Sunrisers Hyderabad man took the wicket of Kagiso Rabada. He ended with a spell of 1/39 from 18 overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s all-around performance throughout the match was one of the key reasons behind India’s win and his Man of the Match award was richly deserved.