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India complete record-breaking Test series win at home

A ruthless Indian unit bowled South Africa out twice in less than two days as the hosts completed a record-breaking win in the three-match Test series in Pune taking an unassailable 2-0 lead after they won the second match by an innings and 137 runs.

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Ravindra Jadeja bags 3 wickets. Photo: BCCI

The home team piled a massive six hundred plus runs in their first innings and therefore enforce the follow-on in day four. Visiting South Africa began the day trailing by 326 runs from India’s first innings after being bowled out for 275 run on day three.

The second innings was far more poor for the Proteas, they were bundled out for 189 midway through the final session on day four.

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Faf du Plessis pushed himself up at number four following the catastrophe of losing Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn early. It was a toiling hard task for the captain – 53 deliveries he spent in the crease managing to add only 5 runs in the process before Saha pulled off a brilliant, sharp edge off the bowling of Ashwin.

Dean Elgar was there in the other side, fighting the lone battle, he was the top scorer in the side adding 48 in 72 deliveries with eight fours.

At Elgar’s departure, Quinton de Kock (5) and Temba Bavuma had had a monumental task in hand which they were unable to face in the pressure situation.

de Kock soon departed off Jadeja, the first of his three wicket haul in the innings. Bavuma survived 63 balls to add 38 runs on the tally and became second to go against Jadeja. Muthusamy and Bavuma produced 46 runs in the sixth wicket partnership.

Vernon Philander initiated his innings with a couple of huge sixes thrashing Jadeja managing to stretch South Africa’s innings till the arrival of tea. Tail enders Philander and Keshav Maharaj scored 37 and 22 respectively.

For India, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja shared three wickets each.

With the win, India registered their 11th consecutive home series win.

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