10 Test Matches In 21st Century That Proves That “Tests Are Still The Best”

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#3 South Africa v India, Johannesburg, 2013

When South Africa started batting on the final day, no one would have expected the game to come as close as it did. Indian team set a record target of 458 for the home team and a draw seemed a more realistic goal for the Proteas. But when AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis got together, they showed that their Adelaide heroics an year ago was not a one time thing. The duo not only batted for 375 balls to make the case of a draw stronger, they also took 205 runs away from the target pushing South Africa towards an unlikely win. By the time both of them got out, Saffas were just 16 away from the target. But after the dismissal of Faf (thanks to a brilliant run out from Ajinkya Rahane), South Africa shut their shop and the lower batted out the last three overs safely as the home side ended up at 450/8. In the end, a game that India were expected to win easily was pulled back brilliantly by South Africa for a historic win but ultimately, it ended in a heart-stopping draw.

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Another splendid partnership from Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis gave a test match to remember

 

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