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The final day the first test between South Africa and India at the Wanderers in Johannesburg ended in one of the greatest draws ever in test cricket. South Africa got close to what many thought would be an impossible chase, only to decide to close up shop towards the end when wicket started to fall.
South Africa resumed the day on 138/2, after losing Smith and Amla late on day four. Petersen was the first wicket of the morning when he was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 76, failing to go on and score a much needed century. Kallis and du Plessis consolidated well, with Kallis looking full of shots. They took the score to 236/4 when lunch was taken.
Du Plessis continue his momentus effort after lunch, reaching his fifty off 142 balls. Kallis was given out lbw to the bowling of Zaheer Khan with his score on 34 off just 37 balls. Replayed clearly showed evidence of a huge inside edge, but with no review system available, he has to accept the decision. De Villiers came out playing very fluently, reaching his fifty off 84 balls, to take South Africa into tea with the score on 331/4.
Many speculated what South Africa’s approach would be after tea, and it was clear that they were going to play for the win. De Villiers opened his shoulders reaching his century off 162 balls, while du Plessis did so off 252 balls. The rate required at one stage was under 4 runs per over, which would’ve made South Africa clear favorites. A flurry of important wicket towards the end of play, saw de Villiers and du Plessis both dismissed, leaving the South Africa to score16 runs off the last 3 overs with Philander and Steyn at the crease. South Africa opted to close shop and rather force the draw, with India setting hugely defensive field, run scoring was not very easy.