SA vs IND: Wanderers Test win would have given South Africa massive boost on all fronts- Vernon Philander

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SA vs IND: Wanderers Test win would have given South Africa massive boost on all fronts- Vernon PhilanderVernon Philander impressed with South Africa's performance in Johannesburg win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSA will feel they now have momentum and can win the series: Vernon Philander2nd Test saw the best batting performance from the Proteas in a while: PhilanderThe 3-match series is now all square ahead of next week's Test in Cape Town

Former South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander lauded the Dean Elgar-led side for showing character in the Wanderers win over India. Vernon said that he was impressed with the way the South African team went about their business and registered a historic victory.

Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96 runs, weathering a storm of hostile Indian bowling, to guide his side to a seven-wicket win at the Wanderers and square the series. The hosts had lost the opening Test by 113 runs at SuperSport Park in Centurion but leveled the series with a historic win over the KL Rahul-led side in Johannesburg.

"We’ve always been known to be slow starters, but the way the boys bounced back after losing the toss as well was excellent,” Philander told Cricket South Africa.

"There was a lot of expectations on the bowlers to bowl India out and they did that. I thought they bowled phenomenally well in partnerships.

“They probably started a little bit slow in the second innings and may have been disappointed with the areas they hit. They could have been trying too hard and in the process afforded India more opportunities than they would have expected.

“There was something in the wicket as we saw and had they been more patient, they could have probably bowled India out even cheaper, but over giving yourself something around the 200 mark, we would have always taken that in the last innings.”

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