SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 135 RUNS!!! They win the series by going 2-0 up in the three-matches. The final wicket goes to the man of the moment @NgidiLungi, Bumrah (2) caught low by Philander. A six-for for Ngidi #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/SvkHnsJjiQ— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 17, 2018
Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: That is the end of India's dismal show on the fifth morning. 2 hrs and 16 minutes is all the South Africans needed to seal the deal on the fifth morning. Dismal is the lightest word to describe this approach from the Indians on the final morning where none of the batsmen seemed keen to apply themselves.
All-out: Lungi Ngidi picks the last wicket of the day as he gets rid of Jasprit Bumrah for 2. With that Ngidi picks his sixth wicket of the innings and India have been all-out for 151. South Africa win the match by 135 runs and also taken an unassailable lead in the three-match series 2-0.
Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: There you go..another brilliant catch at fine leg and this time it is AB de Villiers who catches Rohit to send him back for 47 off Rabada. What a catch there diving forward. That was a sensational catch, the ones that he is known to take even in his sleep. The South Africans are now 2 wickets away from winning this one as the clock reads 12:02.
OUT: South African players persisted with their plan and it finally resulted into a wicket. For the last 4-5 overs, the bowlers were bowling bouncers to Rohit and had a good fielder at long leg. Finally, Rohit fell for it and hit a Rabada delivery straight into the hands of De Villiers who took a great diving catch. India lose their eighth wicket now.
Shami is providing able support to Rohit as the duo are putting on a strong stand to frustrate the hosts. While Rohit is content with defending the ball and braving it out, Shami is hitting the ball for boundaries whenever he can. Faf Du Plessis is not looking like a happy man despite picking up seven India wickets.
Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Shami surely showing some spirit here as he now has 24 runs on his name. That is the second highest score in the innings behind Rohit. The two looking to enjoy themselves in the middle and give the sparse crowd some entertainment. Sad that the top order could not show some more fight.
Cricketnext Editor Arnab Sen: Team India coach Ravi Shastri had said that the coming 18 months will decide the fate of this Indian team, it seems the first fortnight itself has given that answer. India's batting is perhaps the weakest since the 1997 tour of South Africa. Virat Kohli is to this team what Sachin Tendulkar was to India before the introduction of the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to international cricket. This team is blessed with a great bunch of bowlers but the batting is the weakest. This is also the worst Indian team ever in terms of catching standards. Beyond all the hyperbole, this is another team that depends on flat wickets and spinners to win Test matches.
Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: What was Pandya thinking there? Like seriously? Is this how you try and bat on the fifth morning with 5 batsmen back in the hut? Pokes at one way outside the off stump and Quinton picks up a smart catch as Lungi gets another one. The score reads 83/6 as the umpires call for a drinks break. Pandya is out for 6.
OUT: Indian have now lost their third wicket in the day as Ngidi gets rid of Pandya. India have lost the sixth wicket now. Another stupid shot from an Indian batsman and he pays for it with his wicket. Pandyatried to hit the upper cut but ended up hitting the ball straight into the glouves of De Kock.
Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Pandya and Rohit looking to play out the session and be cautious in their approach. Waiting for the bad balls here and finding the gaps in the field to get the scoreboard moving. The Proteas need a wicket here to get into the lower order and tail. This is the last recognised pair in the middle although Ashwin can bat.
Four: Short and wide from Rabada and Rohit got the chance to flick the ball on the off side for his third boundary off the innings. The ball raced away in between the slip fielder and gully for a four down third man. Five runs came from the Rabada over as Keshav Maharaj comes onto bowl for the hosts.