India beat South Africa by seven wickets despite a stunning century by Aiden Markram on the second day of the second Test at Newlands on Thursday. The win helped the side level the two-match series 1-1. This was only the second time that India managed to draw a Test series in the Rainbow Nation. They have played a total of nine Test series in South Africa and lost seven of them. The comeback victory on Thursday, however, did give a big boost to the Indian players’ confidence.
Returning from South Africa, India skipper Rohit Sharma looked uber cool as he was posing with the fans for pictures.
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Set to make 79 to win in the second Test, India needed just 12 overs to secure the victory.
South Africa won the first Test in Centurion by an innings and 32 runs.
Chasing a small target on a difficult pitch, Indian opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal went on the attack from the first ball, making 28 off 23 deliveries before being caught on the boundary off Nandre Burger.
Captain Rohit was unbeaten on 16.
Markram hit 106 off 103 balls before South Africa were bowled out for 176 shortly before Lunch.
Markram defied a pitch with pace, extravagant seam movement and uneven bounce, on which the highest score of any of his teammates in either innings was 15.
He hit 17 fours and two sixes, one of which, off Prasidh Krishna, sailed out of the ground and onto a railway line beyond square leg.
The 29-year-old opening batsman was eventually out caught at mid-off by Sharma off Mohammed Siraj attempting another big shot.
Siraj set up India’s win when he took six for 15 as South Africa were bowled out for 55 before lunch on Wednesday.
Twenty-three wickets fell on the first day.
(With AFP Inputs)
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