Centurion erupted in cheers on Wednesday as South African opener Dean Elgar steered his team to a narrow 11-run lead over India at the close of the second day in the first Test. Elgar, in his final Test series before retirement, delivered a masterclass with an unbeaten 140, his first at his home ground.
India, resuming overnight at 208-8, managed to reach 245 thanks to KL Rahul's fighting century. But it was Elgar's show that stole the limelight. He navigated the tricky Centurion pitch with patience and grit, forging crucial partnerships with Tony de Zorzi (28) and debutant David Bedingham (56). Bedingham, especially, impressed with his composure and effortless strokeplay.
Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, South Africa kept the scoreboard ticking, never letting India completely seize control. Marco Jansen (3*) remains unbeaten alongside Elgar, leaving the hosts well-placed to extend their lead on Day 3.
India's bowlers, led by Mohammed Siraj's two wickets, put in a spirited performance but were ultimately thwarted by Elgar's monumental knock. Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur also chipped in with wickets, but the Proteas' batting depth proved too much to handle.
With five wickets in hand and momentum on their side, South Africa are now firmly in the driver's seat. However, India cannot be counted out just yet. The visitors' bowling attack remains potent, and the Centurion pitch is known for its unpredictable nature. The next few days promise another enthralling battle as both teams fight for supremacy in this opening Test.