India dismantles South Africa in Second Test

India is finally out of the 2019 World Cup semi-final defeat and is looking for a fresh and happy start in the longest format of the game after winning second test match in South Africa’s tour of India and confirming a series win of 2-0 with one test to go in the three match test series.

Unlike the first test match, this time South African batsmen failed to create a huge partnership in the middle and failed to reach any near to India’s first inning total of 601 runs but South Africa did had a good spell of batting in both innings because of their middle and lower order batsmen who were fantastic in second test match and in that group of batsmen, Captain Faf Du Plessis and two bowler’s Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj performances were amazing.

How did the South Africa miss a good opportunity of having a possible draw?

The reason behind South Africa’s poor performance was because India destroyed South Africa’s top order line-up where India got 5 wickets from first innings through fast bowlers (Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma) and in it Umesh Yadav’s speed was too much for South Africa to handle as they lost both their openers within 4 overs and in it both Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram scored 6 and a duck during South Africa’s first innings.
During South Africa’s second innings India got another wicket taker in the pace department as Ishant stepped up for the challenge, who missed out for wickets in the first innings and his first wicket of the match was of Markram and unfortunately for South Africa it was his second duck of the match and that too an LBW, both time Markram didn’t questioned the umpires for a DRS review and went straight to the pavilion in both occasions.

So, now with Ishant in for wickets it was much easier for India to get out five top order batsmen including South African Skipper Du Plessis for 5 runs and from the top only Elgar and Bavuma were a problem, for a while but thanks to both the spinners as Ravichandran Ashwin got out Elgar at 48 and Ravindra Jadeja got out Bavuma at 38 and even though all that trouble, South Africa still didn’t give up because tail ender’s Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj added 56 runs to the scoreboard and pushed South Africa’s total from 129-7 to 185-8 and India had to wait for another 132 balls until, 66th over came when Yadav’s persistence was finally paid off and in the very first ball of 66th he got out Philander at 37 runs and later, the two new batsmen Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje were not as stubborn as the pair of Maharaj and Philander due to this in the last ball of 66th over Rabada got out and in the very next over (67th over) Maharaj got out and Jadeja took the honours of taking his wicket, South Africa were all out at 189 and India scripted its 11 consecutive test series win at home from 2012/13 to present and have broken 19 year old record of Australia who had 10 successive series victories at home from 1994/95 - 2000/01.

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