The Johannesburg Test being played between Team India and South Africa has now reached an exciting turn. Today is the fourth day’s play in the match. The Indian team has already set a target of 240 runs in front of South Africa. This goal is huge on this ground. In such a situation, the winning percentage of the Indian team is believed to be high.
South Africa need only 122 runs in 2 days to win the match
However, by the end of the third day of the match, South Africa scored 118 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Captain Dean Elgar 46 and Russi van der Dussen remained unbeaten on 11. Now South Africa needs only 122 runs in 2 days to win the match. He still has 8 wickets left.
The match will end on the fourth day itself.
The turning point of the match is that this test has every chance of ending in 4 days. After the start of the fourth day’s play, the Indian bowlers will try to dominate South Africa completely. Pacers in this bowling lineup are Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur. Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari are there in the spin department.
Trying to cover South Africa as soon as possible on the fourth day
Shardul took 7 wickets in the first innings. In the second innings too, he took a wicket on the third day. The Indian team lost only two wickets on the second day of the Johannesburg Test. Whereas till lunch on the third day, the team had lost 4 more wickets and the score did not even reach 150. In such a situation, Indians will likewise try to cover South Africa as soon as possible on the fourth day.
South Africa’s batting lineup
At the same time, it can be a mistake to consider South Africa as weak. Their captains Dean Elgar and Russi van der Dussen are still at the crease. While ODI captain Temba Bavuma, Kyle Verreynne, and all-rounder Marco Johnson are also yet to come. If we look at the mood of the pitch and the opinion of the veterans, then these batsmen do not look very strong in front of the Indian bowlers. In such a situation, the edge of India is visible here too.
South Africa did not chase such a big target on this ground
One special thing is that so far South Africa has not chased a target as big as 240 on this ground. The South African team has never been able to chase more than 220 runs at the Wanderers ground in Johannesburg. In such a situation, the challenge before this new team will be to break this record. If South Africa has to win this match, then history will be created.