A sorry capitulation on the final day has seen Virat Kohi’s India suffer a humiliating loss in the hands of a pacey Proteas side in Centurion. The loss means India have also lost the test series with a game to play.
South Africa 335 (Markram 94, Amla 82, du Plessis 63, Ashwin 4-113, Ishant 3-46) and 258 (de Villiers 80, Elgar 61, Shami 4-49, Bumrah 3-70) beat India 307 (Kohli 153, Morkel 4-60) and 151 (Rohit 47, Ngidi 6-39) by 135 runs.
Setting the Scene:
India were not in a good position at 35 for 3 as play ended yesterday, but there were still hopes of a fight by the Indian batsmen to chase down the remaining 252 runs they required on the final day. Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel were at the crease, while Rohit Sharma was yet to come, so the dream of getting something was still there in the subconscious mind of the Indian supporters.
As it Happened, Day 5:
It was not an ideal start for India when Pujara ran himself out again, only 23rd player to be dismissed run out in both innings of the same test. But after that it was all Lungi Ngidi show, as the debutant shredded Indian batting into pieces and rattled them big time. Parthiv Patel was gone thanks to an amazing diving catch by Morne Morkel, but the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Hardik Pandya couldn’t show enough of a defense against the fiery 21 year old.
Ngidi wrapped up India batting in the 2nd innings
Rohit Sharma was the only player who stood up and fought, and along with Mohammed Shami he put on 54 runs on the 8th wicket, only to deny the inevitable. At the brink of Lunch, Rohit was caught on fine leg which delayed the lunch, and Ngidi then wrapped up Shami and Bumrah to end the test with a six wicket haul as the Proteas were thoroughly triumphant in Centurion against a lackluster and timid Indian side.
It was the best pitch for India in South Africa ever, the pitch had no grass, it was brown and easy to bat on. Morne Morkel even said that it was like bowling in India, but the visitors were caught in their familiar conditions and got surmounted by a terrific South African side, who bowled and fielded exceptionally well in the alien conditions at their own home. It is to be seen how much heart they have as the show moves to Johannesburg for the final test.