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7th December 2015: When de Villers' Marathon Innings at Delhi Couldn't Prevent Defeat

Cricketnext | Updated: December 7, 2017, 5:46 PM IST
7th December 2015: When de Villers' Marathon Innings at Delhi Couldn't Prevent Defeat

AFP

New Delhi: In the past few years, India has been lethal at home, when it comes to Test match cricket. But that doesn't mean that the success comes without putting in the hard yards. In a match between India and South Africa, during the latter's tour in 2015-16, India showed a lot of grit and patience to get the better of resilient African team. The Indian spinners, who are usually highly effective on day 5 pitches, had to really struggle hard to get the Proteas on the floor.

After posting a decent 334, India wrapped up the South Africans for just 121 runs. Having got a substantial lead, the Indians came out with a mission in the third innings, and scored another 267 runs. Ajinkya Rahane scored second century of the match, with Kohli chipping in with a useful 88 runs.

With over a day-and-a-half left, South Africa had big task of saving the match. All their top batsmen chipped in with useful contributions and almost saved the day for their team. But right after tea on Day 5, the Proteas lost last five wickets in a jiffy.

This is the match most remembered for AB de Villers playing 297 deliveries and just scoring 43 runs. India needed 143 overs to close the match. R Ashwin was claimed five wickets in the innings.
First Published: December 7, 2017, 5:46 PM IST

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