India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 5, Highlights: Lungi Ngidi’s 6/39 guides SA to series win vs IND
Debutant Lungi Ngidi’s six-wicket haul helped South Africa thrash India by 135 runs in Centurion to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Get highlights of IND vs SA hereUpdated: Jan 17, 2018 16:15 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India lost by 135 runs in the second Test against South Africa to lose the three-match series on Wednesday. Chasing 287, India were bundled out for 151. Resuming the day at 35/3, the visitors failed to recover in their second innings and surrendered to South Africa’s pace attack. Lungi Ngidi was the best bowler for the hosts, finishing with match figures of 7/90. Virat Kohli’s side had lost the first Test by 72 runs at Cape Town. Get highlights of India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 5 here (SCORECARD)
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Lungi Ngidi (Man of the Match): “At the moment it hasn’t sunk in, I’m chaffed and very happy. It’s been quick turnaround for me. There’s been some good form in franchise cricket. When I got the call out I felt I was in good form. Luckily enough, it [the debut] was on my home ground. The support was great. [Stuck] to the basics you know. The odd one that nipped back was getting the wickets. Definitely wasn’t the fastest SuperSport pitch but we had to make do with what we were given.”
Faf du Plessis (South Africa captain): “It took a lot of work. I thought we were on top most of the time. Especially in the field, we did well. Our main focus after day one was to show character. We were very disappointed after the last 45 minutes on day one. Our chat was that we needed to show more character. We were a little bit short in the first innings. We needed to get 400 after the position we were in. But for me the vital part was in the second innings when we kept pushing what they needed to get. We knew anything above 250 would be tough and that’s why our batsmen grinded.”
Virat Kohli (India captain): “We thought the wicket was really flat. It was surprising. We though we have our best chance to put runs on the board. Especially after the way SA ended the first innings, we had the momentum. We should have got the lead. It’s the batsmen who have let the team down again. The thinking it very simple, I wanna leave everything on the field. The 150 means nothing now that we’ve lost the series. Having not won the game, personal milestones do not matter at all.”
3:47 hrs IST: WICKET! And that’s it. South Africa crush India by 135 runs to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
3:42 PM IST: So India’s same old story (overseas) continues.
3:36 PM IST: OUT! And Ngidi takes his maiden five-wicket haul. What a way to start your Test career. Had Dale Steyn not got injured, he wouldn’t have played. South Africa one wicket away from clinching the series.
3:31 PM IST: WICKET! ABD - You Beauty! What a player! Takes a stupendous catch at fine leg. Rohit Sharma departs for 47. It’s all over for India now.
3:24 PM IST: Hashim Amla drops Rohit Sharma on 43. Six minutes to go for lunch. Both batsmen will look to stay unbeaten.
3:20 PM IST: Consecutive boundaries from Rohit and that brings up the 50-run partnership. Can India do the unthinkable?
3:17 PM IST: Excellent over from Morkel, only two runs off it. India are 129/7, need 158 to win.
3:12 PM IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Rabada and Shami hits it in the air over deep backward point. Moves to 24 in no time. India are 127/7, need 160 to win.
3:08 PM IST: Rohit and Shami have stitched together a 35-run stand in just six overs. But it’s too late!
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2:56 PM IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Maharaj and Shami smacks it past the fielder at long on boundary.
2:50 PM IST: Rohit Sharma sweeps Maharaj to the square boundary. He, then lifts him for a six in the third ball of the over. The Indians are looking to attack the spinner. South Africa might look at introducing pacers from both end to finish off the visitors. India 104/7.
2:45 PM IST: What a collapse -- is this the No. 1 Test side in the world? Meanwhile, Ngidi is searching for his fifth wicket and is bending his back. Shami, however, manages to glide one to the boundary. India 93/7.
2:40 PM IST: OUT! AndNgidi strikes again. This is turning out to be a horror period for the visitors. Ashwin goes for three. It’s all but over for India.
2:32 PM IST: OUT! Pandya gone. The same upper cut which earned him a lot of runs in Cape Town has got him out. Third wicket for Ngidi. R Ashwin comes to the crease.
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2:23 PM IST: Good start from Maharaj. Maiden over. The Rohit-Pandya partnership is India’s last hope. They are 75/5, need 212 to win.
2:20 PM IST: Keshav Maharaj comes into the attack. He would love bowling on this track.
2:14 PM IST: Rohit looks a bit more positive today. Seems he has come out with a clear mindset of going after Philander & co.. India are 70/5, need 217 to win.
2:10 PM IST: BOUNDARY! Full delivery from Philander, on Rohit’s pads, and the India No. 6 flicks it over mid wicket for one bounce four.
2:05 PM IST: OUT! Just the kind of start South Africa would’ve hoped for. Short delivery from Rabada, Parthiv pulls only to see Morne Morkel complete an excellent diving at fine leg. India in all sorts of trouble now. Hardik Pandya is in at No. 7.
2:03 PM IST: FOUR! Fuller length from Rabada and Parthiv hits it straight past the non striker. As good as it gets!
1:59 PM IST: Single off the last ball for Rohit. He moves to six. India are 60/4, need 227 to win. Rabada to continue.
1:55 PM IST: FOUR! Length ball from Rabada, outside off, Parthiv caresses it in the gap between mid off and cover. India are 55/4, need 232 to win.
1:50 PM IST: STAT ATTACK - Pujara is the first India batsman to be run out in both innings of a Test.
1:47 PM IST: WICKET! And Pujara has been run out for the second time in the game. An excellent throw from ABD (from third man) and QDK does the rest. Big blow for India. Rohit is the next man in.
1:43 PM IST: STAT ATTACK - Yesterday, Faf du Plessis completed 3000 runs in Tests. The South African captain took 76 innings to reach the landmark.
1:39 PM IST: Good over from Philander despite the boundary. Making the batsman play every ball is the key here for the hosts. India are 44/3
1:36 PM IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Philander, Pujara opens the bat face and helps it to third man boundary.
1:34 PM IST: Two runs off the last delivery for Parthiv. A slow yet steady progress would do it for the visitors. 97 overs still remain in the day. India are 38/3. Philander comes into the attack.
1:32 PM IST: Rabada starts with a good length ball that nips back in, only for Pujara to leave it. The India No. 3 pushes the next ball towards point for his first runs of the day.
1:31 PM IST: Time for live action. Pujara to take strike. Rabada to start the proceedings. Can India seal an unlikely win?
1:24 PM IST: If there’s someone who can win this game for India, it has to be Rohit Sharma. By the end of this match, his Test career would either be all but over or it would mark the beginning of a new innings for the Mumbai batsman in the longer format.
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1:09 PM IST: More than anything, it has been the lack of temperament that has hurt India the most. Batsmen have failed to apply themselves. Won’t go much into the detail why Ajinkya Rahane didn’t play because the current XI possesses the ability to win anywhere.
1:00 PM IST: Cheteshwar Pujara will carry the hopes of a billion Indians today. He has the temperament to play big knocks. More than the dual bounce, the pitch will be something he will have to deal with.
12:50 PM IST: Virender Sehwag says only rain can save in India at Centurion. South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has urged his side to keep their “game faces” on ahead of day five as they close in on a series victory over top-ranked India in the second Test in Pretoria. Welcome to our live score and updates here.
India have to hope for this today in Centurion ! pic.twitter.com/IBbOWnvGrp— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 17, 2018
South Africa will head into the final day confident of picking up the seven wickets they need to wrap up an impressive victory in the three-match series, after a 72-run win in the first Test at Cape Town. Completing the job on Wednesday would help banish the memories of the 3-0 loss in India in 2015-16 on spin-friendly pitches.
“We left India with a lot of scars,” said Dean Elgar. “Beating them in South Africa will be quite satisfying for us. The wicket’s going to play in our hands. Our fast bowlers thrive on bowling on wickets like this.”
New fast bowling discovery Lungi Ngidi plunged India into deep trouble as they struggled in pursuit of a victory target of 287. India were 35 for three at the close on Tuesday, having lost both openers (Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul) and the key wicket of captain Virat Kohli, trapped LBW by Ngidi, on a pitch with uneven bounce.
First Published: Jan 17, 2018 12:49 IST