One moment of brilliance can swing an innings, a match and a test series

Lucky Sithole

One of the many reasons why the five-day test matches are so fascinating is that often, over a period of five days, one instant stands out as a moment that a match and even a test series can hinge on. 

Such a moment happened in Cape Town during India’s second innings in the third test between South Africa and India. The game was delicately poised and the series was in the balance, both teams having won one match each. 

Marco Jansen was bowling, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting. Pujara edged a ball – and then there was a moment of magic. Keegan Petersen dived to his right, his body and his arm totally extended, taking a one-handed catch. 

That great moment in sport could go down as the instant when the advantage for the innings, the match and the series swung in South Africa’s favour.

With two days to go, South Africa needs to score just over 200 runs and the match is certainly not over. Whether South Africa wins or not, it could be the greatest moment of Petersen’s career.