India have won the Test series against South Africa 2-0 and they would be looking for a 3-0 whitewash to bag maximum points in World Test Championship table. Although it has been a one-sided Test series, India vs South Africa presents a lot of memorable matches in the longer version of the game. Cricwizz takes a look at five memorable Test matches involving India and South Africa.
Drawn Johannesburg Test in 1997
India were completely outplayed in the first two Tests and had lost the series 2-0 heading into the third Test at Johannesburg. Indian batsmen, led by Rahul Dravid (148, 81), posted their best performance of the series. They had set up a target of 356 runs and had South Africa staring at defeat at 222/8 but for one man in Daryll Cullinan who held fort with a ton.
India had four overs to take two wickets and win a memorable Test but bad light halted play and the match ended in a painful draw for India. Cullinan made 122 not out to stave off the defeat.
SA beat India by 4 wickets at Mumbai in 2000
India were then led by Sachin Tendulkar at his home ground in Mumbai against South Africa in 2000. India were favourites to win. Sachin struck a fighting 97 to post 225. India then bowled out SA for 176 to take a vital lead of 49 runs.
But India embarrassed themselves in the second innings as they were bowled out for just 113 as Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock and Hansie Cronje ran through the batting line-up.
But a chase of 163 was still tricky and India had their moments. India had reduced South Africa to 128/6 but could not polish off the tail as Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis saw their team home. India lost the match by 4 wickets.
India beat South Africa at Johannesburg in 2006
This Test is famous for many reasons. It was the comeback Test for Sourav Ganguly after he was dropped following his bitter feud with then coach Greg Chappell. Ganguly posted a fighting 51 not out in 1st innings to bail India out.
In South Africa first innings, S Sreesanth produced a magical spell of 5/40 to bowl out the opponent for just 84. Sreesanth then had a sweet revenge against Andre Nel after slamming the latter’s bowling for a six.
And in the end, India won the maiden Test on South Africa soil by 123 runs. India celebrated like there’s no tomorrow. They were brought down to earth as they ended up losing the next two Tests to lose the series 2-1.
India beat SA at Kolkata in 2010
India were trailing 1-0 going into the Kolkata Test in 2010. India needed to win this Test to level the series and retain their No 1 rank in Test cricket. India piled up a big score of 643/6 decl. And they looked in control to win the Test and draw the series but they hit a roadblock in Hashim Amla.
The South African batsman had held one end up even as wickets kept tumbling at the other end. With just handful of overs left, Amla was batting with last man Morne Morkel and looked good to steer his team to a memorable series win in India.
Morkel was looking good at the other end playing 60 balls for his 12 before Harbhajan Singh dismissed the pacer LBW in the dying stage of the match. Harbahajan ran amok after the last wicket tumbled. India drew the series and retained their top rank.
Drawn Johannesburg Test in 2013
India were looking for just the third Test win in South Africa at Johannesburg in 2013. They were in driver’s seat after setting a target of 458 runs with close to five sessions of play left. India had South Africa in trouble at 197/4.
But Faf du Plessis (134) and AB de Villiers (103) put up 202-run stand for the fifth wicket to thwart India’s bid. And the tables were turned with South Africa looking to close in on a win.
With 51 runs needed off 11.2 overs and Faf at crease, South Africa looked favourites to win. But once Faf fell with South Africa 16 runs off target with 3 overs remaining, the Proteas shut shop and played for a draw.
The match ended in a draw with South Africa 8 runs short of target and India 3 wickets short of a win.