South Africa created history by chasing down a huge score of 240 runs with 7 wickets to spare. South African skipper, Dean Elgar played an incredible unbeaten knock of 96 runs with 10 boundaries. With ample support from Rassie Van der Dussen (28) and Temba Bavuma (23), Elgar finished the highest 4th innings chase for the Proteas.
However, there were multiple instances of a heated exchange on the field during Day 4. One such instance came into the limelight, when India’s premier pacer, Jasprit Bumrah lost his cool when Bavuma’s shot injured Hanuma Vihari on his hand. It should be noted that Vihari was fielding at forwarding short leg when Bavuma played a sweep which hit Vihari straight on his hand.
Indian physio, Nitin Patel rushed onto the ground to tend to Vihari. At that moment, a bit frustrated Jasprit Bumrah was standing near the stump mic and was heard saying – “Abhi toh bohot uchhal rahe hain, uchhalne do – ek test match baaki hai abhi – batata hun cape town mein inko. (Let them enjoy their moment for now. Another match is left at Cape Town. I will show them what we are build off.)”
Here is the video of the incident:
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However, no amount of lip service could unnerve Dean Elgar as he smirked, smiled, and went about his business leaving the visitors even more frustrated. For posterity, when this Test will be remembered in the future, it will be very difficult to remember any of his 10 boundaries but one won’t be able to forget the game either simply because of an exhibition of how to crush the pain barrier which seemed to be ingrained in Elgar’s DNA.
The presence of Virat Kohli in the series decider is a must for India as KL Rahul and his captaincy looked good, but it is still work in progress. But whether Kohli will be fully fit is a million-dollar question.