Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Twitter)

India and South Africa will head to Cape Town to play the series-decider fixture of the three-match Test series in South Africa.

India breached South Africa’s fortress in Centurion as they registered a clinical victory of 113 runs. Before India’s win, the South Africans had just suffered two losses at the SuperSport Park.

In response to India’s 1-0 lead, the Dean Elgar-led Proteas halted their opponents’ unbeaten run at the Wanderers in Johannesburg with an emphatic seven-wicket win to level the series 1-1.

The conditions in Cape Town will also suit India: Harbhajan Singh

Former Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh is of the opinion that the Indian team is the favourites to win the Test series and they will take the advantage of the conditions in Cape Town. Harbhajan also backed wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant to play a big innings with his ability to exploit against the opposition.

“I don’t think this South African team has the ability to beat India 2-1 there. I feel the conditions in Cape Town will also suit India, the spinners will also come into the game. I hope Team India will rock there,” Harbhajan said on his YouTube channel.

Kagiso Rabada picked up three quick wickets, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, January 5, 2021 © AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada picked up three quick wickets, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day, January 5, 2021 © AFP/Getty Images

“I would want runs to come from Rishabh Pant’s bat. It seemed he was in a hurry while batting (in second innings in Johannesburg). I feel he can contribute more if he gives himself a little more time. We all know that he is an attacking player but you need to first tire the bowler and then attack him,” he added.

Dean Elgar played an excellent knock: Harbhajan Singh

South Africa rode on their skipper Dean Elgar’s coattails as the opener led the 240-run chase, the highest by any team at the Wanderers.

Dean Elgar raises his bat after completing his half-century, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, January 6, 2022 © AFP/Getty Images
Dean Elgar raises his bat after completing his half-century, South Africa vs India, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, January 6, 2022 © AFP/Getty Images

Elgar deployed his resolute defensive game that saw him taking too many blows on his body but yet he remained unbeaten on 96 from 188 balls. Harbhajan said that the game was in India’s control but appreciated Elgar for his determined knock.

“I was feeling the match was in India’s grasp, that they could win. But hats off to South Africa. They did not have an experienced batting lineup but the way they batted while chasing in the second innings is commendable,” Harbhajan said.

“Their opener Elgar played an excellent knock. It was necessary for him to play till the end. If he had gotten dismissed, the result would probably have gone in India’s favor,” he added.

India will play against South Africa in the third Test at the Newlands in Cape Town, the match begins on January 11.

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