Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and bowlers star in India's biggest win over South Africa

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India Today

Author 2019-10-13 17:47:00


India romped to a 11th consecutive series win on Sunday(AP)

India made history on Sunday as they crushed South Africa by a record margin in the second Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match in Pune after asking the hosts to follow-on before play began on Day 4.

India won by an innings and 137 runs as they bundled the South Africans out for 189 on the penultimate day to set the new record for most series wins (11) at home in Test cricket.

The Proteas were earlier bowled out for 275 just before stumps on Day 3 in their first innings in reply to India's 601 for 5 declared, and were asked to bat again by Virat Kohli after the hosts took a 326-run first-innings lead.

In the process, India became the first team to enforce the follow-on against South Africa in 11 years while Kohli became the first Indian skipper to ask the Proteas to follow-on.
The bowlers backed up the captain's decision and showed no signs of fatigue or tiredness after their hard work on the third day as Ishant Sharma struck in the very first over on Day 4 with the wicket of Aiden Markram (0), who registered a pair, to start the damage.
Umesh Yadav then joined the party as he removed Theunis de Bruyn (8) thanks to a brilliant catch by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha down the leg side.

With two quick wickets inside the first six overs in the first session, the off-spinners were brought into the attack as India kept the pressure on the visitors after the pacers ended their first spells.

Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Faf du Plessis (5) for the second time in this match and then sent back Dean Elgar (48) to bag two wickets in successive overs and reduced the Proteas to 74 for 4 at lunch.

With his 2 wickets, Ashwin moved to number 23 on the list of all-time highest wicket-takers in Tests with 356 scalps to his name. He crossed Australian legend Dennis Lillee and Sri Lanka veteran Chaminda Vaas, who had 355 wickets each.

After the break, Quinton de Kock couldn't hang around for long just like the top-four and got out to Ravindra Jadeja in the second over of the second session for 5.

Temba Bavuma then showed some resistance and scored 38 off 63 balls before Jadeja sent him packing to bag his second wicket.

The tail though, wagged once again for South Africa and refused to go down without a fight as Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj frustrated the Indians with their 56-run partnership for the 8th wicket. They took the team to tea at 172 for 7 with India conceding 98 runs in the second session.

Umesh then came back for his final spell and got rid of Philander (37) to break the Proteas' resistance. He then sent back Kagiso Rabada in the same over to take India within touching distance.

In the very next over, Jadeja trapped Keshav Maharaj (22) plumb in front and was given out by the umpire. Maharaj reviewed immediately but saw three reds on the replay.

Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja both finished with 3 wickets each in the final innings while R Ashwin bagged two. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma got one wicket apiece. Umesh and Ashwin both ended with 6 wickets in the match.

This win was India's biggest innings win over South Africa in Test cricket, beating their previous best of an innings and 57-run victory at the Eden Gardens in 2010. Overall, this was India's 10th biggest innings win in Test cricket.

South Africa will now look to play for pride and close the series on a high when they take on the in-form Indians in the third Test in Ranchi from October 19.


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