India Vs South Africa, 2nd Test: INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 137 RUNS AND GO 2-0 UP IN THE THREE TEST MATCH SERIES.
13Oct

India Vs South Africa, 2nd Test: INDIA WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 137 RUNS AND GO 2-0 UP IN THE THREE TEST MATCH SERIES.

2-0 it is which means India have taken an unassailable lead in the three-match series. With another 40 points in the World Test Championship, India not just increase their lead at the top they also become the first team to reach 200 points and maintain their unbeaten run in WTC.

After keeping the suspense on Day 3, India decided to enforce the follow-on. They got off to a brilliant start, getting rid of Aiden Markram on the very second ball of the day. The Indian bowlers were well on top in the first session and picked 4 wickets. They had a similar start to the second session as well. They got 3 wickets post Lunch but Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander once again troubled the hosts. But the Tea break brought a lapse in concentration between the duo as it took only around 7 overs for India to wrap up the innings.

It was a lackluster show once again from the South African batters, especially the top order. When there is a follow-on, the top order, especially the openers need to put up a fight but it was a no show from the top-order. Only 4 players went past the double-digit score. With two of them, Maharaj and Philander being tail-enders. This in itself shows the sorry state of the South African batting. Elgar and Temba Bavuma were the only two 'recognized' batters who showed some fight. Faf du Plessis showed resilience but that was not good enough.

We were treated by another brilliant display of bowling by the Indian bowlers. All the recognized bowlers got into the wickets column. Jadeja and Umesh shared 6 wickets equally amongst themselves whereas Ashwin got two. While Shami and Ishant Sharma had one wicket each. The duo of Ashwin and Umesh had a very good game with the ball finishing the match with 6-wickets each.

SOUTH AFRICA PLAYING XI - Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje (DEBUT, IN FOR DANE PIEDT).

INDIA PLAYING XI - Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav (IN FOR HANUMA VIHARI) and Mohammed Shami.

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