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Stats - South Africa end losing streak in Tests against India with record chase

All the statistical highlights from South Africa's successful 240 chase in Johannesburg

1 South Africa defeated India for the first time in a Test match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. India won two of their previous five Tests at this ground while the other three ended in draws. Before this defeat, Wanderers was one of the three venues where India played five or more Tests without losing one - Bourda in Georgetown (6) and Uppal in Hyderabad (5).
5 Consecutive Test defeats for South Africa against India before the seven-wicket win at Wanderers. India's streak of five successive wins started in Johannesburg in 2018 and ended at the very ground four years later. South Africa had not lost more than two Tests in succession to India before this streak.
240 Target chased down by South Africa in Johannesburg, the third-highest successful fourth-innings chase against India. Australia chased a 339-run target in Perth in 1977, while West Indies were successful in their pursuit of 276 in Delhi in 1987.
2007 Last instance of India failing to defend a 150-plus target in the fourth innings: 211 against South Africa in Cape Town in 2007. India set a 150-plus target on 46 instances in these 15 years and successfully defended it 33 times.
2 Fourth-innings targets successfully chased down by South Africa at home, higher than their 240-run chase against India. They successfully chased down 335 against Australia in Durban in 2002 and won by overhauling a 284-run target against England way back in 1906 at the Old Wanderers in Johannesburg.
2011 Last instance of South Africa successfully chasing down a 200-plus target in Test cricket: 236 against Australia in Cape Town in 2011. South Africa lost 19 of their previous 22 fourth-innings chases of 200 or more.
96* Dean Elgar's score in the Johannesburg chase. Only one South Africa captain had higher scores in successful Test chases - Graeme Smith - with four hundreds. The unbeaten 96 by Elgar was also the highest Test score by a South Africa captain since Faf du Plessis' 103 against Pakistan in 2019.
3 Fifties for Elgar in the fourth-innings in Test cricket against India. These are the joint-most fifty-plus scores for any batter in the fourth-innings against India. Elgar carried his bat with 86* in an unsuccessful chase in 2018 and scored 77 in the previous Test in Centurion.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo