After a terrific performance by the South African team to seal the three-match Test Series, Mark Boucher was out of words. It was the second time South Africa chased a score of 236 at this ground which remains the highest successful run chase at Capetown. Previously it was accomplished a decade ago by the side of which Boucher was a part. Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, and Mark Boucher were the heroes of that match.
Boucher was most impressed with the players’ mindset and commitment; despite being an inexperienced side, the players faced the best Indian bowling attack on an uneven surface with full responsibility and made sure to get the team through the line.
Keegan Peterson scored a half-century in both innings to lead from the front, getting complete support from Dean Elgar, Rassie Van Der Russen, and Temba Bavuma. “I liked the intensity the guys batted with. We went out saying we’ve got to look to score,” Boucher said.
South Africa looked to make small partnerships throughout the match and keep the scoreboard ticking. They successfully did so with Dean Elgar, Keegan Peterson producing a 78 runs partnership, Van Der Dussen and Peterson setting up 54 runs together, and Dussen and Temba Bavuma carrying the team to victory with a 57* run partnership.
Mark Boucher was massively engraved with Keegan Peterson’s remarkable performance in the second innings, which earned him the Player of the Match and Player of the series awards. Mark Boucher stated that the team has played brilliant cricket for the last six months and will keep up the same in forthcoming matches.