There were huge expectations from the Indian cricket team to comeback strongly in the second test match against South Africa after they were outclassed in the first quite easily. But things did not go India’s way in the second test match either as South Africa once again emerged as the winners after 5 days of cricketing action. South Africa won the match comfortably by 135 runs, margin which proves how dominant the hosts were in the same.
A South African side, who were deserving winners of the match hardly put a foot wrong in the whole match whereas a lot of eyebrows were raised at the Indian team selection. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who bowled brilliantly in the first test match faced the axe and Ishant Sharma was brought in much to the disappointment of the Indian fans. Also, Ajinkya Rahane who has been india’s most successful batsman overseas was overlooked once again which left the supporters fuming.
South Africa won the toss in the match and elected to bat first. they did a pretty good job batting first as they posted 335 runs on the board. In reply to that the Indian batsman looked clueless apart from the skipper Virat Kohli who struck a magnificent ton silencing his critics. Kohli’s 153 runs helped India put up a respectable score of 307 but was not enough to take a lead.
In the second innings Bumrah and Shami bowled really well to restrict South Africa to 258 which meant that India needed 287 runs to level the series 1-1. But the Indian batters had no reply to debutant Lungisani Ngidi who bowled exceptionally well to take down the visitors. Ngidi who took 6 wickets in the final innings was well supported by Kagiso Rabada who took 3.
With the series loss at the hands of South Africa, India’s woes outside the continent continues and Virat Kohli and co. has something to think about. With only one test match left the Indians would look to restore pride while South Africa would be hoping for a whitewash.
South Africa: 335, 258
India: 307, 151
South Africa won by 135 runs.
Player of the Match: Lungisani Ngidi