South Africa tour of India, 3rd Test: India v South Africa at Nagpur, Nov 25-27, 2015
Freedom Trophy - 3rd Test
India won by 124 runs
25,26,27 November 2015 (5-day match)
  India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal M Vijay lbw b Morkel 40 97 84 3 1 47.61
21.2 86.6 mph, unplayable delivery. 142 kph. Morkel does it with a terrific delivery. Pitches on a fullish length and swing away just a little, Vijay looks to play through the leg side but misses and is struck right in front of middle. Absolutely plumb. Just reward for an excellent spell from Morkel, albeit just 8 balls. 69/2
View dismissal S Dhawan c & b Elgar 12 68 23 2 0 52.17
13.6 and again, there is that wicket. Dhawan comes down and looks to drive but the ball pitches, spins and takes the inside half of the bat and Dhawan can only skew a lob straight back at Elgar who takes a good diving catch in front of the stumps. Only a matter of time before that came, there is just too much turn in this wicket. A puff of dust exploded too as that pitched. 50/1
View dismissal CA Pujara lbw b Harmer 21 64 43 2 0 48.83
30.1 51.1 mph, absolutely plumb if he did not get bat on that. And the umpire raises the finger. Dead in front. Short on off and the ball spins towards middle and leg. Pujara plays back and is struck in front of middle. But did he get an inside edge? replays are inconclusive. He has to walk off though. Tried to play that late but the ball spun well past his inside egde 94/3
View dismissal V Kohli* c †Vilas b Morkel 22 73 55 2 0 40.00
39.2 Morkel has done it finally to Kohli. Gets the ball to pitch and move away from Kohli who can't do anything but get a thin feather to Vilas. That plan has worked yet again. All credit to the SA think tank. Stuck to their guns despite the amount of turn. And Morkel has more reward, a discernible effort to bowl fuller too. Just a hint of away movement claims that wicket 116/5
View dismissal AM Rahane b Morkel 13 28 25 0 1 52.00
37.2 89.6 mph, what a delivery! What a comeback. What variation. Set him up with that previous delivery, gets this one to jag back in and cuts Rahane in half who plays a very loose drive. Takes a bit of pad on the way to removing off stump from the ground. Kept pushing deliveries away from the batsmen and now gets some prodigious inswing to rattle the stumps. 115/4
View dismissal RG Sharma c de Villiers b Harmer 2 41 28 0 0 7.14
46.2 massive edge and Rohit has to go. There is that bat-pad dismissal. Loopy delivery on leg, Rohit plays outside the line and the ball has been spinning all day, and continues to do so. Takes the inside edge and then on to pad and then lobs up, AB comes in from leg slip and takes it. Classical offspinners dismissal on a turning pitch. He did not look happy but there was a massive edge 125/6
View dismissal WP Saha c Duminy b Harmer 32 145 106 4 0 30.18
72.6 what a catch from JP Duminy. Just when it was looking like SA were down, Duminy does that. Tossed up again on middle, after 105 balls of concentration, Saha runs down and plays a loose flick to midwicket. Duminy runs to his left and takes a wonderful catch, even as the ball looked like it had passed him. 201/8
View dismissal RA Jadeja b Rabada 34 73 54 6 0 62.96
63.6 89.0 mph, huge wicket this. Rabada is pumped and why not? Fullish length and wide, Jadeja clears one foot and looks to cream a drive through the cover but hasn't learnt from the previous deliveries where the ball has seamed back in regularly. This one is no different and takes that inside edge and then onto the stumps. 173/7
View dismissal R Ashwin b Imran Tahir 15 57 44 1 0 34.09
77.6 this time he gets through. The googly this time does the trick. Ashwin wants to play against the turn again but the ball goes through that gap between bat and pad and takes out off stump. Important wicket for SA but they may have to play out an awkward session now. 215/9
View dismissal A Mishra lbw b Harmer 3 22 9 0 0 33.33
78.2 and he is given! Flatter on middle and Mishra hangs back and is struck right in front, but where did that pitch? Doesn't matter because Umpire Gould is quick to signal the end of the innings. Not a bad wicket for India, they will have nine overs to bowl at a tentative SA top order 215/10
I Sharma not out 0 3 0 0 0 -
Extras (b 15, lb 3, w 2, nb 1) 21
  Total (all out; 78.2 overs; 340 mins) 215 (2.74 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets M Morkel 16.1 7 35 3 2.16 85 7 0 (1nb)
21.2 to Vijay, 86.6 mph, unplayable delivery. 142 kph. Morkel does it with a terrific delivery. Pitches on a fullish length and swing away just a little, Vijay looks to play through the leg side but misses and is struck right in front of middle. Absolutely plumb. Just reward for an excellent spell from Morkel, albeit just 8 balls. 69/2
37.2 to Rahane, 89.6 mph, what a delivery! What a comeback. What variation. Set him up with that previous delivery, gets this one to jag back in and cuts Rahane in half who plays a very loose drive. Takes a bit of pad on the way to removing off stump from the ground. Kept pushing deliveries away from the batsmen and now gets some prodigious inswing to rattle the stumps. 115/4
39.2 to Kohli, Morkel has done it finally to Kohli. Gets the ball to pitch and move away from Kohli who can't do anything but get a thin feather to Vilas. That plan has worked yet again. All credit to the SA think tank. Stuck to their guns despite the amount of turn. And Morkel has more reward, a discernible effort to bowl fuller too. Just a hint of away movement claims that wicket 116/5
View wicket K Rabada 17 8 30 1 1.76 90 3 0 (2w)
63.6 to Jadeja, 89.0 mph, huge wicket this. Rabada is pumped and why not? Fullish length and wide, Jadeja clears one foot and looks to cream a drive through the cover but hasn't learnt from the previous deliveries where the ball has seamed back in regularly. This one is no different and takes that inside edge and then onto the stumps. 173/7
View wickets SR Harmer 27.2 2 78 4 2.85 119 5 2
30.1 to Pujara, 51.1 mph, absolutely plumb if he did not get bat on that. And the umpire raises the finger. Dead in front. Short on off and the ball spins towards middle and leg. Pujara plays back and is struck in front of middle. But did he get an inside edge? replays are inconclusive. He has to walk off though. Tried to play that late but the ball spun well past his inside egde 94/3
46.2 to RG Sharma, massive edge and Rohit has to go. There is that bat-pad dismissal. Loopy delivery on leg, Rohit plays outside the line and the ball has been spinning all day, and continues to do so. Takes the inside edge and then on to pad and then lobs up, AB comes in from leg slip and takes it. Classical offspinners dismissal on a turning pitch. He did not look happy but there was a massive edge 125/6
72.6 to Saha, what a catch from JP Duminy. Just when it was looking like SA were down, Duminy does that. Tossed up again on middle, after 105 balls of concentration, Saha runs down and plays a loose flick to midwicket. Duminy runs to his left and takes a wonderful catch, even as the ball looked like it had passed him. 201/8
78.2 to Mishra, and he is given! Flatter on middle and Mishra hangs back and is struck right in front, but where did that pitch? Doesn't matter because Umpire Gould is quick to signal the end of the innings. Not a bad wicket for India, they will have nine overs to bowl at a tentative SA top order 215/10
View wicket D Elgar 4 0 7 1 1.75 17 0 0
13.6 to Dhawan, and again, there is that wicket. Dhawan comes down and looks to drive but the ball pitches, spins and takes the inside half of the bat and Dhawan can only skew a lob straight back at Elgar who takes a good diving catch in front of the stumps. Only a matter of time before that came, there is just too much turn in this wicket. A puff of dust exploded too as that pitched. 50/1
View wicket Imran Tahir 12.5 1 41 1 3.19 51 4 0
77.6 to Ashwin, this time he gets through. The googly this time does the trick. Ashwin wants to play against the turn again but the ball goes through that gap between bat and pad and takes out off stump. Important wicket for SA but they may have to play out an awkward session now. 215/9
  JP Duminy 1 0 6 0 6.00 3 1 0
  South Africa 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal D Elgar b Ashwin 7 36 35 1 0 20.00
9.5 58.2 mph, the worst ball gets the wicket! India have started excellently well. An inducker wide outside off, Elgar's eye light up seeing the width on offer and he goes for an expansive cut but the ball cuts back in and takes the inside edge. Not the way I saw the first wicket falling but Elgar has chopped on 11/3
View dismissal S van Zyl c Rahane b Ashwin 0 14 7 0 0 0.00
3.1 54.8 mph, and there is the first! Ashwin strikes. And he has struck relatively early in this session. Fullish length on off, van Zyl looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge which easily carries to Rahane at first slip. Nicely bowled, pitched and that one spun 4/1
View dismissal Imran Tahir b Jadeja 4 11 12 1 0 33.33
6.5 56.4 mph, all at sea and Tahir is cleaned up. Pitches on middle and spins a touch with the angle, takes out off stump. Not much turn but he is a tailender for a reason. Misses completely. And the off stump is taken out. 9/2
View dismissal HM Amla* c Rahane b Ashwin 1 15 10 0 0 10.00
11.1 56.5 mph, Amla has to go now. Wickets are falling faster than runs are coming at the moment. Good length delivery outside off, Amla goes down early for the sweep but is through the shot too early. The ball hits his arm and then as the bat finishes its swing, the ball hits the back of the bat near the toe end, and lobs up. It bounces off the keeper's shoulder and pops up tamely for Rahane at first slip. Amla tucks his bat under his armpit and walks off, doesn't wait for the umpire to raise the finger. Surprising to see Amla not adjusting to the pace of the pitch, the ball just has not come on to the bat as the batsmen have expected 12/4
View dismissal AB de Villiers c & b Jadeja 0 11 6 0 0 0.00
12.3 48.0 mph, it's all falling apart, shorter length delivery outside off, AB goes back and tries to work this into the leg side, but the ball stops in the pitch and turns a mile, AB in the form that he is in, gets close enough to the ball to get a leading edge, the ball spoons up in the air towards short mid-on. Jadeja runs around and takes it and India are ecstatic. The big fish has to go. 12/5
View dismissal F du Plessis b Jadeja 10 21 20 1 0 50.00
16.6 55.5 mph, played for turn but none was there. I'd say that was a decent shot, but this one saw no turn and the ball sneaks through and removes off stump. Went for a huge shot down the ground after it was pitched on a good length, Faf saw the opportunity to score some runs and went for it, backed himself but this one hit the pitch and hardly turned. SA in disarray 35/6
View dismissal JP Duminy lbw b Mishra 35 72 65 1 2 53.84
32.1 51.3 mph, given this time. Tossed up outside off, JP misjudges the length and goes back to play but the ball spins and he eventually comes forward from deep inside the crease. But did that hit him outside the line? No, says the umpire and SA are now nine down. JP's enterprising stay ends, but SA in serious trouble 76/9
View dismissal DJ Vilas b Jadeja 1 18 15 0 0 6.66
22.2 51.5 mph, unplayable delivery! Just nothing can be done about that. Flat on leg, but just a fraction short, allowing the ball more time to spin. And it does just that. Rips past to off stump. Vilas correctly played the line of middle stump but was beaten on the outside edge and the ball clatters into the stumps. Impossible to play these. 47/7
View dismissal SR Harmer b Ashwin 13 19 10 2 0 130.00
27.2 52.6 mph, carrom ball down leg, what is happening here? Flat down leg but Harmer looks to play this towards the leg side but the ball spins in to him and hits his leg and then onto the stumps. Came on very slowly there. Not a great delivery but with the pitch doing everything, reward is there to be reaped 66/8
K Rabada not out 6 23 17 1 0 35.29
View dismissal M Morkel c & b Ashwin 1 5 2 0 0 50.00
33.1 53.0 mph, leading edge and taken by Ashwin! Another five-for for Ashwin. Tossed up on off, a bit of spin and Morkel looks to play against the spin, off the outside half and Ashwin does not have much to do to take the catch. He does so quite well and this is the lowest total India have bowled a side out for. 79/10
Extras (lb 1) 1
  Total (all out; 33.1 overs; 127 mins) 79 (2.38 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
  I Sharma 2 1 4 0 2.00 11 1 0
View wickets R Ashwin 16.1 6 32 5 1.97 79 3 0
3.1 to van Zyl, 54.8 mph, and there is the first! Ashwin strikes. And he has struck relatively early in this session. Fullish length on off, van Zyl looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge which easily carries to Rahane at first slip. Nicely bowled, pitched and that one spun 4/1
9.5 to Elgar, 58.2 mph, the worst ball gets the wicket! India have started excellently well. An inducker wide outside off, Elgar's eye light up seeing the width on offer and he goes for an expansive cut but the ball cuts back in and takes the inside edge. Not the way I saw the first wicket falling but Elgar has chopped on 11/3
11.1 to Amla, 56.5 mph, Amla has to go now. Wickets are falling faster than runs are coming at the moment. Good length delivery outside off, Amla goes down early for the sweep but is through the shot too early. The ball hits his arm and then as the bat finishes its swing, the ball hits the back of the bat near the toe end, and lobs up. It bounces off the keeper's shoulder and pops up tamely for Rahane at first slip. Amla tucks his bat under his armpit and walks off, doesn't wait for the umpire to raise the finger. Surprising to see Amla not adjusting to the pace of the pitch, the ball just has not come on to the bat as the batsmen have expected 12/4
27.2 to Harmer, 52.6 mph, carrom ball down leg, what is happening here? Flat down leg but Harmer looks to play this towards the leg side but the ball spins in to him and hits his leg and then onto the stumps. Came on very slowly there. Not a great delivery but with the pitch doing everything, reward is there to be reaped 66/8
33.1 to Morkel, 53.0 mph, leading edge and taken by Ashwin! Another five-for for Ashwin. Tossed up on off, a bit of spin and Morkel looks to play against the spin, off the outside half and Ashwin does not have much to do to take the catch. He does so quite well and this is the lowest total India have bowled a side out for. 79/10
View wickets RA Jadeja 12 3 33 4 2.75 57 2 2
6.5 to Imran Tahir, 56.4 mph, all at sea and Tahir is cleaned up. Pitches on middle and spins a touch with the angle, takes out off stump. Not much turn but he is a tailender for a reason. Misses completely. And the off stump is taken out. 9/2
12.3 to de Villiers, 48.0 mph, it's all falling apart, shorter length delivery outside off, AB goes back and tries to work this into the leg side, but the ball stops in the pitch and turns a mile, AB in the form that he is in, gets close enough to the ball to get a leading edge, the ball spoons up in the air towards short mid-on. Jadeja runs around and takes it and India are ecstatic. The big fish has to go. 12/5
16.6 to du Plessis, 55.5 mph, played for turn but none was there. I'd say that was a decent shot, but this one saw no turn and the ball sneaks through and removes off stump. Went for a huge shot down the ground after it was pitched on a good length, Faf saw the opportunity to score some runs and went for it, backed himself but this one hit the pitch and hardly turned. SA in disarray 35/6
22.2 to Vilas, 51.5 mph, unplayable delivery! Just nothing can be done about that. Flat on leg, but just a fraction short, allowing the ball more time to spin. And it does just that. Rips past to off stump. Vilas correctly played the line of middle stump but was beaten on the outside edge and the ball clatters into the stumps. Impossible to play these. 47/7
View wicket A Mishra 3 0 9 1 3.00 13 1 0
32.1 to Duminy, 51.3 mph, given this time. Tossed up outside off, JP misjudges the length and goes back to play but the ball spins and he eventually comes forward from deep inside the crease. But did that hit him outside the line? No, says the umpire and SA are now nine down. JP's enterprising stay ends, but SA in serious trouble 76/9
  India 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal M Vijay c Amla b Morkel 5 19 15 1 0 33.33
4.2 gone, Vijay has to go. SA have struck immediately after lunch. Big wicket too. What a way to go this. Slower offcutter again outside off, ends up as a half-volley. Vijay tries to guide this to third man but the ball bounces a touch and he edges low to Amla at slip who takes a good catch to low to his left. Almost steered that to slip. 8/1
View dismissal S Dhawan c †Vilas b Imran Tahir 39 120 78 6 0 50.00
26.5 51.8 mph, Dhawan goes. Tahir strikes. He sticks to his cross-batted strokes, but this time he has to pay for it. Tossed up from over the wicket outside off, Dhawan goes to reverse sweep and gets a feather to Vilas who takes it cleanly. Good catch. After all the hardwork, Dhawan throws it away. Amla calls for a huddle 97/3
View dismissal CA Pujara b Duminy 31 57 45 5 0 68.88
17.3 57.6 mph, oh, he is gone! JP bounces back with a ripper. Nothing can be done from a batsman's point of view. Absolutely no turn. Tossed up on leg, the ball drifts on and on and clips the off stump after beating the outside edge. JP does not have much of a reaction, but SA are happy. 52/2
View dismissal V Kohli* c du Plessis b Imran Tahir 16 49 30 2 0 53.33
28.1 50.6 mph, what a shot from Kohli. Looking to be positive against Tahir but Kohli perishes. The bat turned in his hands and he has lofted a drive straight to long-off. Not a great shot, simply because he was in total control during that innings. Tossed up outside off, the ball pitches and takes the customary part of the pitch with it, and it skews off the outside half of the bat, high in the air. Faf settles under it and takes it 102/4
View dismissal AM Rahane c Duminy b Imran Tahir 9 14 13 1 0 69.23
30.3 Tahir gets another! Loose shot but the shot was probably there to play, the pitch's bounce may have accounted for him. Googly outside off, Rahane goes for the exuberant drive but the ball lobs up off the outside half of the bat towards short third man. Duminy dives in front and claims a fine catch 108/5
View dismissal RG Sharma c Elgar b Morkel 23 77 39 1 1 58.97
45.4 85.2 mph, gone, soft dismissal. Rohit plays at that too early, again a batsman plays at a ball way too early. very slow wicket and the ball stops on Rohit but he looks to flick and the ball spoons up in the air off the outer half of the bat, towards Elgar at mid-on 171/9
View dismissal WP Saha c Amla b Imran Tahir 7 16 13 1 0 53.84
34.1 52.6 mph, what happened there? Did that go off the boot? Did that hit the bat? It lobbed off something to Amla at slip. The umpires get together and for to the third umpire. No soft signal. Check for a bump ball. Off the glove and then onto Vilas' boot and straight up. Saha looks to play a fine paddle sweep but it takes the glove and then an unassuming Vilas lobs it up off his right boot. Amla completes the catch. What a way to go. Saha has to go. tahir has four now. Saha tries to paddle that with a closed bat face, like he did many times in the first innings but the ball spun and gripped and took that glove inside the bat. Poor shot. Wasn't even a hard sweep and on a slow wicket, to get pace on such a fine paddle is arduous. 122/6
View dismissal RA Jadeja b Harmer 5 4 6 1 0 83.33
35.3 59.9 mph, chopped on to the stumps. Shortish delivery outside off, Jadeja goes back and looks to cut but the ball doesn't spin as much and carries on with the arm, Jadeja is cramped for room and his insdie edge clatters into the stumps 128/7
View dismissal R Ashwin lbw b Morkel 7 22 22 1 0 31.81
41.4 84.8 mph, given! Looked plumb as soon as it hit him. A bit of banter with the SA team as he walks off, swings back in late and strikes Ashwin right in front of off stump. Another easy decision. Wonderful bowling, took the previous delivery away slightly and now brings this back in sharply. Full and fast, reverse swing 150/8
View dismissal A Mishra b Imran Tahir 14 29 18 2 0 77.77
46.3 56.3 mph, tahir gets a five-for. He is ecstatic. Flat, quick delivery on middle stump, skids on to Mishra who is very late on the shot, the ball sneaks through and clatters into middle and leg stump. Tahir's second five-for 173/10
I Sharma not out 1 4 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (b 8, lb 5, nb 3) 16
  Total (all out; 46.3 overs; 210 mins) 173 (3.72 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets M Morkel 10 5 19 3 1.90 49 2 0
4.2 to Vijay, gone, Vijay has to go. SA have struck immediately after lunch. Big wicket too. What a way to go this. Slower offcutter again outside off, ends up as a half-volley. Vijay tries to guide this to third man but the ball bounces a touch and he edges low to Amla at slip who takes a good catch to low to his left. Almost steered that to slip. 8/1
41.4 to Ashwin, 84.8 mph, given! Looked plumb as soon as it hit him. A bit of banter with the SA team as he walks off, swings back in late and strikes Ashwin right in front of off stump. Another easy decision. Wonderful bowling, took the previous delivery away slightly and now brings this back in sharply. Full and fast, reverse swing 150/8
45.4 to RG Sharma, 85.2 mph, gone, soft dismissal. Rohit plays at that too early, again a batsman plays at a ball way too early. very slow wicket and the ball stops on Rohit but he looks to flick and the ball spoons up in the air off the outer half of the bat, towards Elgar at mid-on 171/9
View wicket SR Harmer 18 3 64 1 3.55 75 6 1
35.3 to Jadeja, 59.9 mph, chopped on to the stumps. Shortish delivery outside off, Jadeja goes back and looks to cut but the ball doesn't spin as much and carries on with the arm, Jadeja is cramped for room and his insdie edge clatters into the stumps 128/7
  K Rabada 5 1 15 0 3.00 25 3 0 (1nb)
View wicket JP Duminy 2 0 24 1 12.00 5 5 0 (1nb)
17.3 to Pujara, 57.6 mph, oh, he is gone! JP bounces back with a ripper. Nothing can be done from a batsman's point of view. Absolutely no turn. Tossed up on leg, the ball drifts on and on and clips the off stump after beating the outside edge. JP does not have much of a reaction, but SA are happy. 52/2
View wickets Imran Tahir 11.3 2 38 5 3.30 50 5 0 (1nb)
26.5 to Dhawan, 51.8 mph, Dhawan goes. Tahir strikes. He sticks to his cross-batted strokes, but this time he has to pay for it. Tossed up from over the wicket outside off, Dhawan goes to reverse sweep and gets a feather to Vilas who takes it cleanly. Good catch. After all the hardwork, Dhawan throws it away. Amla calls for a huddle 97/3
28.1 to Kohli, 50.6 mph, what a shot from Kohli. Looking to be positive against Tahir but Kohli perishes. The bat turned in his hands and he has lofted a drive straight to long-off. Not a great shot, simply because he was in total control during that innings. Tossed up outside off, the ball pitches and takes the customary part of the pitch with it, and it skews off the outside half of the bat, high in the air. Faf settles under it and takes it 102/4
30.3 to Rahane, Tahir gets another! Loose shot but the shot was probably there to play, the pitch's bounce may have accounted for him. Googly outside off, Rahane goes for the exuberant drive but the ball lobs up off the outside half of the bat towards short third man. Duminy dives in front and claims a fine catch 108/5
34.1 to Saha, 52.6 mph, what happened there? Did that go off the boot? Did that hit the bat? It lobbed off something to Amla at slip. The umpires get together and for to the third umpire. No soft signal. Check for a bump ball. Off the glove and then onto Vilas' boot and straight up. Saha looks to play a fine paddle sweep but it takes the glove and then an unassuming Vilas lobs it up off his right boot. Amla completes the catch. What a way to go. Saha has to go. tahir has four now. Saha tries to paddle that with a closed bat face, like he did many times in the first innings but the ball spun and gripped and took that glove inside the bat. Poor shot. Wasn't even a hard sweep and on a slow wicket, to get pace on such a fine paddle is arduous. 122/6
46.3 to Mishra, 56.3 mph, tahir gets a five-for. He is ecstatic. Flat, quick delivery on middle stump, skids on to Mishra who is very late on the shot, the ball sneaks through and clatters into middle and leg stump. Tahir's second five-for 173/10
  South Africa 2nd innings (target: 310 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal D Elgar lbw b Ashwin 18 68 58 1 1 31.03
17.5 how is he out? Slider on middle, Elgar comes forward and prods yet again but he gets a thick inside edge on to his pad and then just lobs up for silly point to take. Struck him in front of middle so no edge and that could have been lbw as well. The umpire gives him and India have their first of the day, Elgar does not want to go but that was a huge inside edge. Has to make his way off 40/3
View dismissal S van Zyl c RG Sharma b Ashwin 5 30 29 0 0 17.24
7.4 oh no, loose shot. He will not be happy at all. Nicely tossed up from Ashwin, enticing a drive and van Zyl obliges, goes for it but hits it in the air and straight to short cover. After playing out several good balls, he loosely wafts at a playable delivery 17/1
View dismissal Imran Tahir lbw b Mishra 8 12 7 2 0 114.28
11.1 he has been given. Interesting call, looked close but was there enough doubt on that? No says the umpire, he raises the finger. Slider on leg, Tahir is beaten and is struck on the pad. massive appeal is upheld by the umpire 29/2
View dismissal HM Amla* c Kohli b Mishra 39 219 167 2 0 23.35
69.6 47.0 mph, big, big wicket. Amla walks off, doesn't wait for the decision. The crowd goes wild. Mad cheers. Lovely ball from Mishy. Tossed up on off, gets the drift required and takes the ball away from the edge, Amla being the quality player that he is, gets close enough to the ball but can only edge it off the upper half of the bat. Carries high to Kohli at gully, and India are ecstatic 130/5
View dismissal AB de Villiers lbw b Ashwin 9 18 21 1 0 42.85
23.4 absolutely plumb. No doubt about the decision, was that the carrom ball? very well done from Ashwin, he has deceived a terrific batsman at the peak of his abilities. pitches on off, moves a hint away from AB who does not pick it and is struck right in front of middle and off. Easy decision for the umpire 58/4
View dismissal F du Plessis b Mishra 39 185 152 3 1 25.65
71.5 49.0 mph, ooh, unlucky. That one kept very very low. The shot was there to be played with that delivery but the ball pitches and scoots along the ground and Faf is beaten on the pull. Slightly shortish and unfortunately for him, it is straight and another massive wicket for India. They certainly have an end opened up now. Faf's diligent resistance ends 135/6
View dismissal JP Duminy lbw b Ashwin 19 50 44 2 0 43.18
81.1 51.6 mph, and Duminy has to go. Slid straight on and Duminy did not offer a shot, the ball goes on with the arm and strikes Duminy in front of off and middle. The umpire is quick to raise his finger and with that, any hopes of a SA comeback. Regulation offbreak which did not turn. But with a new ball, that happens, did Duminy misjudge that completely? Doesn't matter, he is gone 164/7
View dismissal DJ Vilas c †Saha b Ashwin 12 45 16 1 0 75.00
81.6 53.3 mph, given! Another five-for for ashwin, Ashwin has 10 in the game, was there some glove on it? There may have been just a tiny deflection. The umpire thinks and thinks and then raises the finger. Shortish on middle, Vilas plays outside the line but the ball spins down leg and takes a bit of glove, great take by Saha and SA are now 8 down 167/8
SR Harmer not out 8 29 24 0 0 33.33
View dismissal K Rabada c Kohli b Ashwin 6 17 17 1 0 35.29
87.4 54.5 mph, edged and gone this time. Kohli is happy, he has taken one. Full delivery on off, a hint of turn which is enough to take the outside edge of Rabada's bat. Kohli at gully takes it in front of his stomach. 177/9
View dismissal M Morkel b Ashwin 4 6 8 1 0 50.00
89.5 53.9 mph, bowled im. Ashwin gets seven. And India take the series. SA's nine-year record ends. May have been the carrom ball or the slider but the ball drifts on and snakes through the gap between bat and pad to clatter into leg stump. Morkel did not pick that. India complete a 124-run victory and an unassailable 2-0 series lead going to Delhi 185/10
Extras (b 9, lb 5, nb 4) 18
  Total (all out; 89.5 overs; 344 mins) 185 (2.05 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  I Sharma 15 6 20 0 1.33 79 1 0 (4nb)
View wickets R Ashwin 29.5 7 66 7 2.21 145 6 1
7.4 to van Zyl, oh no, loose shot. He will not be happy at all. Nicely tossed up from Ashwin, enticing a drive and van Zyl obliges, goes for it but hits it in the air and straight to short cover. After playing out several good balls, he loosely wafts at a playable delivery 17/1
17.5 to Elgar, how is he out? Slider on middle, Elgar comes forward and prods yet again but he gets a thick inside edge on to his pad and then just lobs up for silly point to take. Struck him in front of middle so no edge and that could have been lbw as well. The umpire gives him and India have their first of the day, Elgar does not want to go but that was a huge inside edge. Has to make his way off 40/3
23.4 to de Villiers, absolutely plumb. No doubt about the decision, was that the carrom ball? very well done from Ashwin, he has deceived a terrific batsman at the peak of his abilities. pitches on off, moves a hint away from AB who does not pick it and is struck right in front of middle and off. Easy decision for the umpire 58/4
81.1 to Duminy, 51.6 mph, and Duminy has to go. Slid straight on and Duminy did not offer a shot, the ball goes on with the arm and strikes Duminy in front of off and middle. The umpire is quick to raise his finger and with that, any hopes of a SA comeback. Regulation offbreak which did not turn. But with a new ball, that happens, did Duminy misjudge that completely? Doesn't matter, he is gone 164/7
81.6 to Vilas, 53.3 mph, given! Another five-for for ashwin, Ashwin has 10 in the game, was there some glove on it? There may have been just a tiny deflection. The umpire thinks and thinks and then raises the finger. Shortish on middle, Vilas plays outside the line but the ball spins down leg and takes a bit of glove, great take by Saha and SA are now 8 down 167/8
87.4 to Rabada, 54.5 mph, edged and gone this time. Kohli is happy, he has taken one. Full delivery on off, a hint of turn which is enough to take the outside edge of Rabada's bat. Kohli at gully takes it in front of his stomach. 177/9
89.5 to Morkel, 53.9 mph, bowled im. Ashwin gets seven. And India take the series. SA's nine-year record ends. May have been the carrom ball or the slider but the ball drifts on and snakes through the gap between bat and pad to clatter into leg stump. Morkel did not pick that. India complete a 124-run victory and an unassailable 2-0 series lead going to Delhi 185/10
  RA Jadeja 25 12 34 0 1.36 130 2 1
View wickets A Mishra 20 2 51 3 2.55 90 5 0
11.1 to Imran Tahir, he has been given. Interesting call, looked close but was there enough doubt on that? No says the umpire, he raises the finger. Slider on leg, Tahir is beaten and is struck on the pad. massive appeal is upheld by the umpire 29/2
69.6 to Amla, 47.0 mph, big, big wicket. Amla walks off, doesn't wait for the decision. The crowd goes wild. Mad cheers. Lovely ball from Mishy. Tossed up on off, gets the drift required and takes the ball away from the edge, Amla being the quality player that he is, gets close enough to the ball but can only edge it off the upper half of the bat. Carries high to Kohli at gully, and India are ecstatic 130/5
71.5 to du Plessis, 49.0 mph, ooh, unlucky. That one kept very very low. The shot was there to be played with that delivery but the ball pitches and scoots along the ground and Faf is beaten on the pull. Slightly shortish and unfortunately for him, it is straight and another massive wicket for India. They certainly have an end opened up now. Faf's diligent resistance ends 135/6

Match details


Toss - India
Series - India led the 4-match series 2-0
Player of the match - R Ashwin (India)
Umpires - IJ Gould (England) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia)
TV umpire - AK Chaudhary
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - C Shamshuddin
Close of play
  • Wed, 25 Nov - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 11/2 (D Elgar 7*, HM Amla 0*, 9 ov)
  • Thu, 26 Nov - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 32/2 (D Elgar 10*, HM Amla 3*, 14 ov)
  • Fri, 27 Nov - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 185 (89.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • India 1st innings
    • Drinks: India - 48/0 in 13.0 overs (M Vijay 34, S Dhawan 11)
    • India: 50 runs in 13.4 overs (82 balls), Extras 3
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 82 balls (M Vijay 35, S Dhawan 12, Ex 3)
    • Lunch: India - 85/2 in 27.0 overs (CA Pujara 18, V Kohli 11)
    • India: 100 runs in 32.2 overs (195 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: India - 121/5 in 41.0 overs (RG Sharma 1, WP Saha 4)
    • Tea: India - 149/6 in 55.0 overs (WP Saha 9, RA Jadeja 21)
    • India: 150 runs in 56.1 overs (338 balls), Extras 9
    • India: 200 runs in 72.2 overs (435 balls), Extras 18
    • Drinks: India - 201/8 in 73.0 overs (R Ashwin 7)
    • Innings Break: India - 215/10 in 78.2 overs (I Sharma 0)
    • South Africa 1st innings
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 11/2 in 9.0 overs (D Elgar 7, HM Amla 0)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 22.3 overs (135 balls), Extras 0
    • Drinks: South Africa - 65/7 in 26.0 overs (JP Duminy 29, SR Harmer 12)
    • India 2nd innings
    • Lunch: India - 7/0 in 4.0 overs (M Vijay 5, S Dhawan 2)
    • India: 50 runs in 17.2 overs (105 balls), Extras 4
    • Drinks: India - 52/2 in 17.3 overs (S Dhawan 12)
    • India: 100 runs in 27.4 overs (168 balls), Extras 8
    • Tea: India - 108/5 in 31.0 overs (RG Sharma 0, WP Saha 0)
    • India: 150 runs in 41.1 overs (250 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: India - 167/8 in 45.0 overs (RG Sharma 22, A Mishra 10)
    • Innings Break: India - 173/10 in 46.3 overs (I Sharma 1)
    • South Africa 2nd innings
    • End Of Day: South Africa - 32/2 in 14.0 overs (D Elgar 10, HM Amla 3)
    • South Africa: 50 runs in 20.6 overs (127 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: South Africa - 71/4 in 31.0 overs (HM Amla 15, F du Plessis 5)
    • South Africa: 100 runs in 40.2 overs (246 balls), Extras 14
    • Lunch: South Africa - 105/4 in 45.0 overs (HM Amla 28, F du Plessis 23)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 138 balls (HM Amla 25, F du Plessis 23, Ex 3)
    • Drinks: South Africa - 126/4 in 64.0 overs (HM Amla 38, F du Plessis 32)
    • South Africa: 150 runs in 75.5 overs (459 balls), Extras 16
    • Tea: South Africa - 151/6 in 76.0 overs (JP Duminy 15, DJ Vilas 2)
    • New ball taken at 80.1 over
 
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