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India vs South Africa 2018, Second Test, Day 5 Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 18, 2018, 1:48 PM IST

2nd Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion 13 - 17 January, 2018

Toss won by South Africa (decided to bat)

South Africa beat India by 135 runs

Man of the Match: Lungi Ngidi



Lungi Ngidi has been named the man of the match for his stunning performance with the ball. Let's not forget that this was his debut and he was included into the side only after Dale Steyn got injured. Ngidi scalped seven wickets in the match and six in the second innings.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: Sunil Gavaskar looks on in shock in Centurion after another Indian batting collapse.


Stat Attack: This is the first time since 1996/97 when Sachin Tendulkar was skipper that the last Test will be a dead rubber in South Africa. And Virat Kohli will be the skipper to hold this unwanted record.


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.


Stat Attack: South Africa have beaten India on 6 out of 7 occasions at home in Tests. This is Virat Kohli’s first series loss as a full time captain. India have never won a Test series in South Africa and that drought continues. 


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. 


Stat Attack: Lungi Ngidi becomes the first South African to take a 5-for on debut in Tests since Kyle Abbott did in 2013 against Pakistan at Centurion.


India have lost nine wickets now in the second innings and South Africa are now just one wicket away from winning the series. India have never won a series in South Africa and the wait will continue now till the next series. 


Out and Five-for: Lungi Ngidi picks his fifth wicket of the innings as he gets rid of Mohammed Shami for 25. Shami tried to slog the ball but was caught at mid-on by Morkel. What a performance from the debutant in just his second innings of his Test career. 


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. 


Indian batsmen should learn from Shami as to how to play on such tracks against this quality pace attack. The Indian pacer is simply playing according to the merit of the deliveries and is not panicking. 


Partnership: Rohit Sharma hits two boudnaries off the bowling of Rabada and with that the 50-run stand comes up between Rohit and Shami. Although, it was kinda lucky, on both the occasions as the ball almost got caught by the wicket-keeper. 


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.


Another excellent over from Morkel comes to an end as Shami somehow managed to survive that. The ball missed the edge of Shami's bat as many as three times in the over. One run is what the two Indian batsman could muster from that Morkel over.


The partnership between Rohit and Shami is worth 34 now and India need 166 more to win the clash. However, more than anything, they are just defying the inevitable at the moment. South Africa need just three wickets and more than two sessions are left in the day for them to clinch it.


Chance: Ngidi sticks to the line outside the off stump and he once again produces an edge of Shami's bat. However, the ball goes over the slip fielder for a boundary towards third man. Good bowling from the debutant.


Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami seem to be delaying the inevitable as they are putting on a partnership right now. India have already lost four wickets in the day (total 7). At the moment, India's score read: 115/7 and they need 172 more to win the match.


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.


100: Rohit is trying to hold the innings from one end as wickets keep falling on the other. Rohit hits a four and a six off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj to help India cross the 100-run mark in the second innings. Good positive play from Rohit.


Cricketnext’s Baidurjo Bhose from Centurion: There goes Ashwin, flaying outside the off stump just like in the first innings and Lungi has another one here as Quinton picks another catch. Ashwin goes for 3. Can India last till lunch?


OUT: Another hammering in close now for Team India in South Africa as they lose their seventh wicket. Ashwin departs for 3 as Ngidi picks his fourth wicket of the innings. Ashwin edges the ball straight into the hands of de Kock. India are crumbling like a pack of card now.


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. 


The partnership between Rohit and Pandya is worth 18 off 32 deliveries as of now. The duo are trying their best to steady the Indian ship but the South African pacers are breathing fire at the moment.


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.


Lungi Ngidi has been introduced into the attack for the first time today. The debutant has bowled wonderfully well in this match and in the first innings he scalped the wicket of Parthiv Patel, while in the second innings, so far he has gotten rid of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. 


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.


India vs South Africa 2018, Second Test, Day 5 Highlights - As It Happened

Lungi Ndidi celebrates with his teammates after picking up a wicket. (AP Photo)

Day 4 Review: The wicket prepared for the second Test between India and South Africa at the SuperSport Park is a study in contrast to the pitches dished out over the years. But the variable bounce makes this one just as difficult to bat on as the venomous ones of the past. And having already lost three wickets on the fourth evening - more importantly Virat Kohli is back in the hut - chasing 287 on this wicket will be no easy task on the fifth day as India look to win the Test and level the series.
At the end of the fourth day’s play, the score read 35/3 with Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Parthiv Patel (5) at the crease. The visitors need another 252 to win this one with seven wickets in the bag. It will be a crucial first hour for both teams on the fifth morning as they will look to grab early advantage and set the tone for the rest of the day. Pujara will have to play out of his gut to take the Indians home in this one.
After bundling out South Africa for 258 in the second essay - thanks to Mohammed Shami (4/49) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/70) – India came out to bat with three and a half sessions to get the runs. Despite starting on a cautious note, India opener Murali Vijay was the first one to become a victim of the variable bounce on the fourth evening as one from Kagiso Rabada almost skid through to take the bottom edge of Vijay’s bat and crash into the leg stump.
The score read 11/1 as the sparse crowd at the SuperSport Park went berserk. KL Rahul left soon after with the score on 16 as he almost gave catching practice to Keshav Maharaj off the bowling of Lungi Ngidi. With Rahul (4) gone, it was Virat Kohli’s turn to join Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle. But the variable bounce did Kohli (5) in as well, with Lungi picking his second one. The DRS couldn’t save Kohli as that was plumb. It couldn’t have been a better end to the day for the hosts than seeing the India skipper back in the hut. Luckily for India, Parthiv Patel took some blows and fought it out to ensure that no further damage was done.
Earlier, it was two innings of complete contrast that helped South Africa reach 258 in their second essay. While AB de Villiers hit a classy 80 off 121 balls with 10 boundaries during his 156 minute stay at the crease, skipper Faf du Plessis showed his dead bat skills as he batted for 222 minutes, played out 101 dot balls to finally score 48 off 141 balls with four hits to the boundary. Du Plessis missed out on a well-deserved fifty when a slower one from Jasprit Bumrah gripped on the wicket and took the inner edge of the bat to land straight into the hands of the bowler.
Du Plessis though had two escapes, on 6 and on 46, but then that takes nothing away from his determination to stay put in the middle even as he faced three quality spells of fast bowling. The first one came from Shami, the second one from Ishant Sharma and the third one from Bumrah. Unfortunately for Ashwin, even though he did bowl 29.3 overs, he managed to pick only one wicket and gave away 78 runs. Ishant was pretty impressive in the afternoon session as he finished with figures of 2/40 from his 17 overs.
The morning session was a perfect trailer to how the day would pan out as the first hour went to the South Africans and the second hour to India. De Villiers and Dean Elgar started confidently and looked to stay positive in the morning as they kept building on the partnership that started with the score on 3/2. While de Villiers was happy to play some attacking shots, Elgar waited for the bad balls to put away.
Having tried all his options, Kohli finally turned to Shami and the man came up with a brilliant spell to remove de Villiers off the first ball of the spell, then Elgar (61) caught by KL Rahul in the deep off a bouncer and then Quinton de Kock (12) after giving three edges in the same over. Finally, Parthiv Patel held onto one as Quinton walked back with the score on 163.
While Parthiv has been a complete disaster behind the wicket, what was surprising was Kohli’s decision to keep his best bowler on display in the first session – Shami – away from the bowling crease till the fag end of the session.

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South Africa Playing XI
: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungisani Ngidi, Morne Morkel

India Playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Parthiv Patel(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma

Team Rankings

1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
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