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Dean Elgar’s Unbeaten Ton Takes SA To 256/5, Lead India By 11 Runs

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Centurion, Dec 27 (PTI) Dean Elgar remained unbeaten on 140 to propel South Africa to 256 for 5 in reply to India’s 245 all out in the first innings before bad light brought early stumps on second day’s proceedings in the opening Test, here on Wednesday.


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Elgar, who is to retire from international cricket after this series, made batting look easy on a spongy SuperSport Park pitch after the early dismissal of Aiden Markram (5).


Elgar shared two crucial partnerships — first a 93-run stand with Tony de Zorzi (28), for the second wicket and then 131 runs for the fourth wicket with debutant David Bedingham (56) — to hand South Africa a slight upper hand.

It was Elgar’s 14th Test century and only second against India. He has so far struck 23 fours during his unbeaten 211-ball knock as South Africa lead India by 11 runs.

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For India, Jasprit Bumrah (2/48) and Mohammed Siraj (2/63) picked up two wickets apiece.

Brief Scores: India: 245 all out in 67.4 overs (KL Rahul 101, Kagiso Rabada 5/59, Nandre Burger 3/50).

South Africa: 256 for 5 in 66 overs (Dean Elgar 140 batting; David Bedingham 56; Jasprit Bumrah 2/48, Mohammed Siraj 2/63).

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