Sunday 22 October 2017

Record bid falls short

South Africa gave up on the chance to set a new world record in chasing down 458 for victory against India on day five of the first Test at the Wanderers yesterday, falling eight runs short as they settled for a draw in the closing overs.

The Proteas ended the match on 450-7, the third highest fourth- innings score in Test history, but played out successive maidens in the second and third last overs to ensure they would not lose the match rather than go for the historic win.

It was a massive anti-climax on one of the great days of Test cricket as South Africa went into the final day needing 320 runs to win with eight wickets remaining.

"We showed a lot of mental strength not to fade away," said South Africa captain Graeme Smith. "Chasing it down would have been incredible. It went down to the last hour which was great for Test cricket."

Irish Independent

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