Ngidi six-for seals series for South Africa

Faf du Plessis-led South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the second Test to seal the three-match Test series 2-0 at Centurion on Wednesday. South African bowlers yet again ran through the Indian batting order as debutant Lungi Ngidi finished with the figures of six for 39.

Earlier, India resumed their innings on 35 for three with Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel on strike. But, the Indian batsmen couldn’t face the heat of African bowlers as the visitors fell like nine pins.

South African bowlers were right on the mark and kept testing the Indian batters. Rohit (47) and Shami (28) stitched together a 53-run partnership before Rohit was dismissed by Rabada.

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To add to India’s misery, South Africa fielded brilliantly with Morkel and AB de Villiers taking sublime catches.

In the end, India were bowled out for 151 with Ngidi pickig six wickets and deservedly earning a loud applause from the home crowd. The win gives South Africa a 2-0 series lead with the third Test to be played in Johannesburg.

Kohli captain of India : “Yeah (the wicket gave us our best chance). We thought the wicket was really flat. Quite surprising. I told the guys the wicket looks different to what it looked before toss. I thought it was our chance to put some runs on the board. Especially after SA lost wickets in the first innings, we should have capitalized. We failed to get a good partnership and take the lead. We have let ourselves down from the first game into the second..”

du Plessis, captain of South Africa : “We needed to get 400, especially from the position we were in, but for me the vital time was the second innings. We kept pushing the scoring and we knew that anything over 250 would be challenging. So the guys were grinding hard to get over 250. Special performance by Ngidi. He’s a great guy and we welcome him into the team.”

Brief score:

SA 335 (113.5) | Markram 94, Amla 82 | Ashwin 4/113
IND 307 (92.1) | Kohli 153 | Morkel 4/60, Ngidi 1/51
SA 258 (91.3) de Villiers 80 | Bumrah 3/70, Shami 4/49
IND 151 (50.2) | Rohit 47 | Rabada 3/47, Ngidi 6/39

Result: South Africa won by 135 runs

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