Debutant Ngidi runs through India in 135-run victory

South Africa claim series after winning second Test and taking unassailable 2-0 lead


Afp January 17, 2018
Ngidi impressed throughout the Test and finished with figures of 6-39 in the second innings. PHOTO: AFP

CENTURION: New fast-bowling discovery Lungi Ngidi was the man of the moment as his six-for in the second innings guided South Africa to a comprehensive 135-run win over India on the final day of the second Test at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

The win gives hosts South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series after they had produced a similarly dominant performance in the first game.

Ngidi had accounted for Indian skipper Virat Kohli before stumps on day four, leaving India reeling at 35-3. Kohli, who had scored a superb 153 in the first innings, was trapped lbw by a ball that stayed low and his wicket meant South Africa went into day five almost certain of victory on a tricky pitch.

"It was massive for us and I think it was massive for India, knowing Kohli’s not batting," South Africa opener Dean Elgar had said.

The win helped banish memories of the 3-0 loss in India in 2015-16 on spin-friendly pitches.

"We left India with a lot of scars," said Elgar. "Beating them in South Africa is quite satisfying for us. The wicket played into our hands. Our fast-bowlers thrive on bowling on wickets like this."

COMMENTS (1)

Rafique Khan | 3 years ago | Reply It is a proud moment for S.A. but team India always down Indians in overseas conditions. Where is top batsmen in India. Virat Kohli's contribution in first inning is sufficient for Indian team Why other top class batsmen of India flopped in overseas conditions. Where is top scorer in ODI Ro--hit Sharma. All credit goes to S.A. bowlers who did their home work to topple the Indian batsmen very badly by their outclass bowling performance. Keep it up S.A. good work done we hope the same performance in remaining matches
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