India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Day 1, Ranchi: Rampant IND Eye Series Sweep vs Struggling SA
Having picked up their 11th successive home series win - a new world record - Virat Kohli’s India (IND) will settle for nothing less than a 3-0 series whitewash against South Africa (SA) in the final Test of the series in Ranchi starting today. Dominating the Proteas in all departments, India won the first Test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs before inflicting an innings and 137-run defeat on the hapless visitors in Pune to regain the Freedom Trophy. India, who have 200 World Test Championship points from four games, have a massive 140-point lead over nearest rivals New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the standings. Follow live updates and live cricket score of IND vs SA here (LIVE SCORECARD | CRICKET NEWS)
Going into the game, India have very few holes to plug, be it their batting or bowling.
The home team couldn’t have asked for more from their top-order with Rohit Sharma showing why he’s such an impact player as he feasted on the South African bowlers with twin centuries in Visakhapatnam while opening for the first time.
Rohit’s opening partner Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, went on to convert his maiden century into a double in Visakhapatnam and followed it up with another century in Pune.
Then it was the turn of Kohli who came to the party in the Pune with a career-best double century -- a majestic 254 not out.
Umesh Yadav made a fine comeback in the Pune Test to return with fine six wickets. Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha took some breathtaking catches to aid to the pacer's tally.
South Africa batsmen showed some fight in Visakhapatnam but they let themselves down in Pune.
It was only the tailenders who showed character and frustrated the Indian bowling.
Their batting woes are further compounded by the absence of opener Aiden Markram who has been ruled out of the third Test with an injury.
The pace attack comprising Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Anrich Nortje has also not been as effective as expected, while the Indian pacers have managed to provide the breakthroughs.
With their senior-most spinner Keshav Maharaj also ruled out, South Africa will find it hard to stop the Indian juggernaut.Related Articles:-
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