IND vs SA 2021-22: Dean Elgar meets with match officials to discuss controversial dismissal of Rassie van der Dussen on day two of Johannesburg test


South African captain Dean Elgar and team manager Khomotso Masubelele reportedly met with match officials during the lunch break on Day 2 of the Johannesburg test to discuss the controversial dismissal of Rassie van der Dussen.

Van der Dussen (1) had been caught late off Shardul Thakur with what turned out to be the last delivery before lunch in the Johannesburg test. The Indian playmaker got one to back sharply and Van der Dussen placed the ball on the pad before being caught by the keeper.

The batter was called out as Rishabh Pant appeared to have completed a tumbling catch. However, reruns raised doubts as to whether the ball was properly carried in Pant’s gloves. Van der Dussen, however, did not ask for a review and walked away as he had not turned to check if the ball had carried.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Elgar and Masubelele were keen to discuss Van der Dussen’s sacking with Marais Erasmus (who made the decision), Allahudien Palekar, who was the other referee on the pitch, third referee Adrian Holdstock and match referee Andy Pycroft. The report added that there was no clarity on what South Africans wanted to discuss, other than perhaps a clarification on the layoff.

Even if Van der Dussen had taken the exam, the decision on the pitch might not have been overturned. Multiple reruns provided inconclusive evidence as to whether the capture was taken properly.

Shardul Thakur claims seven as India hits back at Johannesburg

Meanwhile, Thakur notched his career-best 7 for 61 numbers as India beat South Africa for 229 on day two of the Johannesburg test. The hosts started the day on a strong note as Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen took the team’s score overnight from 35 to 1 to 88 before the skipper of Proteas fell. Elgar was caught for 28 off Thakur.

The playmaker also finished Petersen’s innings on 62 as the set hitter edged out a practice attempt on the second slip. Van der Dussen’s referral confirmed that the session belonged to India.

Thakur continued to cut corners as South Africa failed to capitalize on a strong start in Johannesburg. They only managed a lead of 27 as India struggled in the contest.

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