Spineless Indian batting, Ngidi six-for; South Africa wins series 2-0

Samarth Srivastava
Published on: 17 Jan 2018 10:27 AM GMT
Spineless Indian batting, Ngidi six-for; South Africa wins series 2-0
Spineless Indian batting, Ngidi six-for; South Africa wins series 2-0

Centurian: With other batsmen biting the dust, Rohit Sharma was the final nail in the coffin for South Africa and AB de Villiers taking a fine catch running in from fine leg did things for the hosts.

In the lines of spineless batting, India bundled out for a paltry 151. South emerged victorious by 135 runs and took the series 2-0 with a Test to spare on the final day of second Test at the SuperSport Park here on Wednesday.

India's run of nine-series win also halted with this defeat. It is also the first series loss for captain Virat Kohli.

Rohit Sharma stood unmovable and tried to defy Proteas but his counter-attacking 47-run knock ended in hunt of boundaries. Mohammed Shami also played a cameo in taking India out from danger but his high flying inning came to an end at 28.

The debutant - Lungi Ngidi made things look simple with his six-for against the top ranked Test side. He was given Man of the Match for his hugely impressive figures.

Chasing the 287-run target, India resumed the Day 5 at 35/3. The first to depart was unlucky Cheteshawar Pujara who translated his dismissal in the second innings also. He became a run-out prey of ABD's fiery throw at 19. Parthiv Patel (19) followed Pujara with the same numbers.

Cheteshwar Pujara became the first Indian batsman to be dismissed run out in each innings of a Test.

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Hardik Pandya (6) did not learn anything from his 1st inning lazy dismissal and ended up playing a needless big shot. With Ashwin's fall at 3, India had lost its seven.

Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami, however, showed a ray of hope to India but the 54-run stand ended with Sharma's departure. Rohit Sharma's 74-run inning was laced with six fours and a six. Shami played just 24 in his five fours studded 28-run knock.

The departure of Rohit meant the Proteas needed two wickets to seal the tie and series in their favour and Ngidi helped the hosts inch closer by picking his fifth victim in the form of Shami's wicket.

Ngidi was simply unstoppable in the morning, as he immediately accounted for the wicket of No.11 Jasprit Bumrah (2), to help the Proteas to a comprehensive win.

For the Proteas, Rabada complemented Ngidi well by taking three wickets.

Earlier, South Africa, in its first innings, scored 335 runs. India, in reply, posted 307 with Virat Kohli's maverick 153-run knock. In its second innings, Proteas were bundled out for 258.

Following is the final scoreboard of the second cricket Test between South Africa and India here on Wednesday.

South Africa (First Innings): 335

India (First Innings): 307

South Africa (Second Innings): 258

India (Second Innings):

Murali Vijay b Rabada 9

Lokesh Rahul c Maharaj b Lungi Ngidi 4

Cheteshwar Pujara run out (de Villiers/de Kock) 19

Virat Kohli lbw b Lungi Ngidi 5

Parthiv Patel c Morne Morkel b Rabada 19

Rohit Sharma c de Villiers b Rabada 47

Hardik Pandya c de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 6

Ravichandran Ashwin c de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 3

Mohammed Shami c Morne Morkel b Lungi Ngidi 28

Ishant Sharma not out 4

Jasprit Bumrah c Philander b Lungi Ngidi 2

Extras 5 (b 4, w 1)

Total 151 all out (in 50.2 Overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Murali Vijay, 7.5 ov), 2-16 (Lokesh Rahul, 11.1 ov), 3-26 (Virat Kohli, 15.6 ov), 4-49 (Cheteshwar Pujara, 26.1 ov), 5-65 (Parthiv Patel, 29.5 ov), 6-83 (Hardik Pandya, 35.3 ov), 7-87 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 37.1 ov), 8-141 (Rohit Sharma, 47.2 ov), 9-145 (Mohammed Shami, 48.2 ov), 10-151 (Jasprit Bumrah, 50.2 ov)


Vernon Philander 10-3-25-0

Kagiso Rabada 14-3-47-3

Lungisani Ngidi 12.2-3-39-6

Morne Morkel 8-3-10-0

Keshav Maharaj 6-1-26-0

Samarth Srivastava

Samarth Srivastava

Employed as sub-editor at newstrack.com. A learner, who loves covering sports, entertainment and defence kind of stuff.

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