South African skipper Dean Elgar believes the Proteas batters had a “window period” to pursue the target in the third Test after the explosion on the Team India pitch during the DRS call on Thursday. The Indian team was visibly irritated after a controversial decision review system appeal helped Elgar on Day 3. The controversial appeal drew different reactions from KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Elgar said he was “extremely happy” with the way things went in South Africa’s favor following the disappointment shown by Indian cricketers in the DRS appeal.
“Maybe they were a team under a bit of pressure and things weren’t going their way, which they’re quite used to lately. [getting things to go their way]“, The New Zealand Times quoted Elgar as saying.
“It was a bit of the pressure of the cricket test match which gave us a bit of a window to score more freely and reduce the target.
“It played well in our hands that for a while they forgot about the game and they channeled the emotional side of what Test cricket has to offer a bit more. I’m extremely happy it turned out that way “, he added. .
The incident happened in the 21st inning of South Africa’s second set which was played by Ashwin. The spinner threw a delivery into the air and he drifted, beating Elgar on the inside edge and the ball hit him just in front of the stumps, and the Erasmus Marsh field referee raised his finger.
However, Elgar reviewed the decision and replays showed the ball going over the stumps, and so the decision was overturned.
Team India were shocked to see the bullet go over the stumps and the stump’s mic caught Kohli, Ashwin and Rahul suggesting a tampering with the technology. Even referee Erasmus was seen shaking his head over how the ball missed the stumps.
Meanwhile, South Africa beat India on Friday in the third and final Test to win the three-legged series 2-1.
India had won the first test by 113 races, but South Africa recorded victories in the second and third tests to win the series.
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