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South Africa vs India, 2nd Test in Centurion: Team India Report Card

India's captain Virat Kohli, center, reacts after being dismissed by South Africa's bowler Morne Morkel. (AP Image)

India's captain Virat Kohli, center, reacts after being dismissed by South Africa's bowler Morne Morkel. (AP Image)

Cricketnext takes a look at each and every players performance from this clash in Centurion.

New Delhi: Virat Kohli and his troops were mauled by 135 runs by South Africa in the second Test as the hosts took an unassailable lead in the three-match series on the fifth day of the Centurion Test on Wednesday. Debutant Lungi Ngidi was the star of the match for the Proteas as he picked up six wickets in the second innings to guide the hosts over the line in the second Test.

India's drought in South Africa continues as they still haven't won a series in the 'Rainbow Nation'. Cricketnext takes a look at each and every players performance from this clash -


1. KL Rahul: Rating 1: Verdict: Very Poor

Lokesh Rahul was drafted into the line-up after Shikhar Dhawan failed to perform in the first match in Cape Town. However, Rahul failed to live up to the expectations and bombed miserably in both the innings. The opener finished the match with scores of 10 & 4 respectively in the two innings. Moreover, in the second innings, Rahul played a very reckless shot to get himself out and his dismissal had nothing to do with the quality of the delivery from Ngidi. A poor outing for the Mangaluru-born star with the bat as he couldn't provide the team with the impetus that they sorely required at the top. Moreover, to add insult to injury as he dropped the catch of Faf Du Plessis as well.


2. Murali Vijay: Rating 4: Verdict: Average

After failing in the first Test, Murali Vijay showed glimpses of his excellent technique and patience in the second match. In the first innings in Centurion, Vijay build a good partnership with skipper Virat Kohli to steady the Indian ship after couple of initial blows. However, he couldn't keep his concentration for long and was eventually dismissed for 46. Then in the second innings, all eyes were on Vijay to battle through the final session of the fourth day but he was castled by Kagiso Rabada for just 9.


3. Cheteshwar Pujara: Rating 1: Verdict: Very Poor

Throughout the course of the second Test, Cheteshwar Pujara was uncharacteristically very impatient. The middle-order maestro, unnecessarily, ran himself out in the both the innings, paving way for the South African bowlers to run through the Indian batting line-up. Pujara was run-out for 0 in the first innings, which was his first golden duck of his career as well. And by getting himself run out in the second innings as well, Pujara became the 25th cricketer ever to be run-out in both the innings of a Test match (the last to do so was Stephen Fleming in 2000).


4. Virat Kohli: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good

More often than not, one fails to find the right word to describe India skipper Virat Kohli. Talisman? Leader? One Man Army? Maybe all of them. Had it not been Virat Kohli's sublime ton in the first innings, the visitors would have been dealt with an even bigger loss in the second Test. While other players fell nine pins, Kohli kept waging a lone battle en route his 153. Kohli is the only centurion of the series so far and that says it all about the grit and character of the Indian captain. Although, Kohli failed to guide India over the line in the second innings but one cannot criticise him for it as it was an unplayable delivery from Ngidi, which came back freakishly inside and crashed into his pads. Whilefielding, Kohli was as chirpy as ever and kept motivating his troops and didn't let their head fall even while India were on the back foot for majority of the match.


5. Rohit Sharma: Rating 4: Verdict: Average

Much is being said about Rohit Sharma's inclusion in the squad in place of Ajinkya Rahane but the right-hander once again didn't do much to justify his presence in the playing XI. Rohit fell for just 10 in the first innings, when Kohli needed a partner to just survive on the other end. Rohit showed glimpses of his talent in the second, with a well-made 47 - the highest-scorer for Team India in the second innings. But then, his instinct got the better of him once again as he played a reckless lofted shot to get himself out at the boundary ropes. Maybe, just maybe, the ability to make that transition from white-ball cricket to red-ball cricket still eludes the Mumbaikar.


6. Ravichandran Ashwin: Rating 6: Verdict: Good

Following the end of first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin was quoted as saying that it was because of him that India were still alive in the match. And it was true as well. Ashwin scalped 4/113 to put breaks on the South African score, which at one point was moving at the speed of knots. This prompted Kohli to hand him the new ball in the second innings but he failed to recreate the magic again as he ended with figures of 1/78 and the wicket was of tail-ender Ngidi. Ashwin showed his class with the bat as well as he made a fighting 38 in the first innings but could muster just 3 in the second. A real hot and cold game for the star India all-rounder.


7. Hardik Pandya: Rating 1: Verdict: Very Poor

There is an old adage which says 'confidence is fine but over-confidence is not' and it seems that Hardik Pandya has found that in the toughest way possible. After a scintillating all-round performance in the first Test, Pandya was brought crashing back to earth after his poor show in Centurion. Pandya failed to pick even a single wicket in the match, while he couldn't trouble the scorers much in the two innings as well. Moreover, his nonchalant-style dismissals didn't go down well with anyone either. Pandya was walking his way back into the crease when he was run-out in the first innings, while in the second innings, he was caught out after playing an outrageous upper cut, when the visitors needed someone to stay at crease.


8. Parthiv Patel: Rating 1: Verdict: Very Poor

It seemed that this Test was one of those matches for Parthiv Patel, in which, whatever he touched turned into a rock. Pathiv had a disastrous game — both with bat and glouves — after being called in as replacement for injured Wriddhiman Saha. With two scores of 19 each in both the innings of the Test and countless dropped chances behind the stumps, Parthiv would want to forget this match as soon as possible. And with Dinesh Karthik called in as cover for Saha, Parthiv's inclusion in the third Test remains under scanner — following this performance in Centurion.


9. Ishant Sharma: Rating 6: Verdict: Good

During the toss, skipper Kohli had said that Ishant Sharma has been included in the side in place of in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar because the Delhi lad can generate more bounce. And Ishant justified his inclusion in the side with great aplomb as he bowled his heart out on a wicket, which had almost nothing for pacers. Ishant scalped three wickets in the first innings while he scalped another two in the second to help the visitors bowl out South Africa twice in the match.


10. Mohammed Shami: Rating 6: Verdict: Good

Mohammed Shami had a very on and off game according to his very own high standards and for most parts of the match, his quality went missing and South African batsmen made merry. Shami picked only one wicket in the first innings and that too of tail-ender Keshav Maharaj. But in the second innings, Shami turned his game around for the good and fought back for the team with great vigour to scalp four wickets on the fourth day to bring India back into the game. A brisk 28 in the second innings with the bat and a 50-run partnership with Rohit Sharma created a glimmer of hope for the visitors as well, but it just wasn't meant to be.


11. Jasprit Bumrah: Rating 5: Verdict: Average

Like Shami, Jasprit Bumrah too had a very hot and cold match and it was a case of two different innings for the star pacer. Bumrah went wicket-less in the first innings and was very expensive with the ball as well. But the star pacer scalped two wickets early in the second innings to give India a perfect start while he later added another one to end the innings with three scalps. However, the inability to capitalise on the pressure, cost Bumrah and India dear as South African batsmen piled on the runs and eventually came out on top.