South Africa V. India Second Test: Ngidi Blows India Apart To Give Hosts 2-0 Series Lead

South Africa V India Second Test Ngidi Blows India Apart To Give Hosts 2-0 Series Lead

 

Highlights:

  • SA won by 135 runs
  • India were dismissed for 151
  • Ngidi took 6-39
  • SA lead the series 2-0

 

India’s batting line-up faltered once again this series as the No.1 test team in the world fell at the hands of the South African quicks to lose the second match of the series embarrassingly. Already 1-0 down in the three match series, the Indian batsmen failed to correct their mistakes and ended up handing the Proteas a series win on Day 5 of the second test. What was more surprising was the way the Indian batsmen lost their wickets, amateurish batting saw them losing six wickets for just 39 runs to debutant Lungi Ngidi who had replaced the injured Steyn in this match.

 

Chasing 287, India started Day 5 with their backs against the wall having already lost three wickets the previous day in their quest for victory. And this did not get any rosier for them as they lost Pujara early on after he was run out for the second time in the test match, making him the only Indian batsmen to be run out in both innings of a test match. Despite Rohit Sharma holding one end he failed to find support from anyone else who crumbled like a house of cards. A mini partnership between Sharma and Shami saw India cross 150 before they were dismissed just a run after to lose by 135 runs. Ngidi was awarded the man of the match award for his brilliant bowling performance.

 

Virat Kohli lost his cool at some of the journalists questions who blasted the Indian team for their performance and questioned his constant changing of the team. He was quick to remind them that he as captain has won 20 tests out of the 30 he has lead as captain with 2 draws. “We failed to get a good partnership and take lead. We have let ourselves down. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down. I want to leave everything on the field. That’s the way I play,” Kohli also added at the conference.

 

The focus now shifts to the third and final test of the series which will commence from 24th January.  The Indian team are under pressure they have not faced since a year which critics out in full flow ready to bash the team for any mistake they make from here on. Expect the Kohli lead outfit to bounce back strongly and win a consolation match for themselves.

 

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