South Africa beats India by 135 runs, takes unassailable lead in the three match series

South Africa beats India by 135 runs, takes unassailable lead in the three match series

India unexpectedly suffered yet another series defeat in South Africa as they surrendered to a powerful bowling lineup in the second Test at SuperSports Park, Centurion to give the hosts an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three Test match series. India was scrambled out by 135 runs. Starting the day on 35 with the loss of 3 wickets including Captain Virat Kohli and still needing 252 more runs for victory, India was made to give up as the scoreboard read 151 all out in the second innings with debutant Lungi Ngidi taking 6 for 39.

A win for India was quite unlikely even before the start of play on the last day of the match but a better resistance would have entertained the crowd and frustrated the host, but the Indian team failed to even play out the first session of the day in spite of having seven wickets in hand at the start of day five.

A holding innings was expected from Cheteshwar Pujara but fell prey to a run-out which makes him the first Indian to be run-out on both the innings. With India depending on him, Pujara walked back facing 47 deliveries for his 19 runs.

Hardik Pandya, who made a game-changing innings of 93 runs in the first Test, raised high hopes for the second match as well. Being a risk-taker, he looks good when it pays off, but in case it doesn't, it can make you look uglier. With India tottering at 83 for 5 wickets, Pandya went for the fashionable ramp shot off debutant Ngidi. He chased down a wide delivery only to get an edge and Quinton de Kock did the rest. After that, it was only a matter of time before South Africa wins the series. Ngidi started his senior career in the best possible way, scalping seven important wickets in the match.