Keegan Petersen scored a stunning 82 as South Africa cruised to a seven-wicket win in the Third Test and a 2-1 series victory over India at a nasty Newlands ground chasing their tough 212 target .
It is only the fourth time in 133 years that a side have scored over 200 runs in Cape Town to win, and follows Dean Elgar’s side’s epic seven-wicket win in Johannesburg in the second Test as she needed 240 in the fourth inning.
Petersen, who was the series top scorer with 276 points and won Player of the Match and Player of the Series awards, was the anchor for the home side during a tough wicket for the stick friday.
Yet there were also important unbeaten contributions from Rassie van der Dussen (41) and Temba Bavuma (32) who put up an unbroken 57 for the fourth wicket.
The result means India, ranked No 1 in the world, are still in search of a first Test series victory in South Africa, having had high hopes when they won the opening match.
The teams will now play three One Day Opens from Paarl on Wednesday.
Captain Elgar hailed the victory as an important step forward for his side, which have lost a host of experienced players to retirement in recent years.
“I’m quite delighted. I couldn’t be more proud of the group of players,” he said. “We’ve been thrown to the sword a few times in this series and the guys have responded brilliantly.”
South Africa had started the day on 2-101 and had a lot of scares against the high quality Indian tailors, who could have had more rewards with better luck.
The visitors had only themselves to blame when Cheteshwar Pujara dropped Petersen on 59 on the first slip, a routine chance against bowling Jasprit Bumrah.
South Africa capitalized on the chance and Petersen looked in control before cutting a Shardul Thakur delivery to his stumps 40 minutes before lunch. His innings on just 113 balls followed a nice 72 in the opening innings.
“He’s been dominating domestic cricket, it’s great to see him having a great run,” Elgar said, praising Petersen.
“May he grow long, there are many improvements to come. The world is his oyster.”
India, however, were extremely frustrated with the technology used for the dismissal references and could have gotten themselves into trouble with their deliberate on-field comments into stump microphones.
Their frustration threatened to boil over when they believed they had caught van der Dussen behind Mohammed Shami’s bowling, although the bowler himself showed no interest and returned to his mark.
But captain Virat Kohli sent the decision not out for review, and although there was a spike on the ultra-high tech, it was ruled the batsman had hit the ground running.
This followed India’s fury on Thursday when they thought they had home captain Dean Elgar off the leg before the wicket, but after being passed the ball tracking technology suggested the delivery was bouncing off the stumps.
Still, Kohli was graceful in defeat. “It was a tightly contested series, but South Africa did surprisingly well to defend themselves in the second test and then capitalize on the same momentum in the third.
“I think in the two Tests they won they were a lot more clinical with the ball in critical moments, and to be honest we also had a bit of a lack of focus, which cost us dearly. .
“They were deserving winners in the end.”