South Africa won the decisive third test against India by seven wickets Friday to come from behind and clinch the series 2-1.

South Africa won the decisive third test against India by seven wickets Friday to come from behind and clinch the series 2-1.

India was seeking its first-ever test series win in South Africa.

South Africa had been convincingly beaten in the first test in Centurion but leveled in Johannesburg before chasing down 212 in the final test at Newlands in Cape Town.

South Africa finished on 212-3 in its second innings soon after lunch on Day 4 as Temba Bavuma won it with a four.

But South Africa’s success in chasing down a tricky target on a wearing pitch was largely down to No. 3 Keegan Petersen, who made 82 in the second innings to anchor te series-clinching chase.

India is the top-ranked test side and was expected to win against a young, rebuilding South Africa team, especially after looking so strong in Centurion.

It was India’s eighth attempt at winning a test series in South Africa.

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