DURBAN: The first test match between South Africa and India ended in a draw after a thriller as South Africa remained eight runs short of breaking the world record for a chase in Test cricket at New Wanderers Stadium, ARY News reported.
At the start of the fifth day, South Africa needed 320 with eight wickets in hand. But after losing two wickets of Alviro Petersen (76) and Jacques Kallis(34) early on, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, the protagonists of the Adelaide escape, began a partnership that swelled to 205 and turned the game.
The two batsmen took South Africa to within 56 runs of victory but AB de Villiers got bowled off Ishant Sharma after scoring 103 while Faf du Plessis(134) brought his team close to the target. By the time both were dismissed, South Africa needed 16 runs, but with only Imran Tahir and the injured Morne Morkel to come, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn batted out 19 deliveries to secure one of the game's greatest draws.
This is not the first time South Africa shocked the opponents with the wonderful run chase, earlier they pulled off 438, the highest successful chase in ODIs against Australia and today, faced with a target of 458 on a tricky Wanderers pitch, South Africa came within eight runs of breaking the world record for a chase in Test cricket.
Virat Kohli awarded the Man the of the match for his 119 and 96 runs in first and second inning respectively.
The 2-match series is level by 0-0, the second test will start from December 26 at Kingsmead, Durban.