South Africa needed just 14 overs to close out the second Test at Bangalore on Monday. Mohammed Azharuddin, making a comback at the age of 37, dazzled from the start. Taking the attack to Nicky Boje, a flurry of boundaries took Azhar to his century. But India were neck deep in trouble by that stage. There was never going to be any match saving innings. Only some consolation for what has been a comprehensive 2-0 victory for the South Africans.
Continuing in an aggressive vein, Azhar was caught pulling a Pollock delivery straight to Gary Kirsten. Azhar's 102 included 13 boundaries and two sixes, reminding everybody that there were no gremlins in this wicket.
After Azhar's dismissal, the innings folded up quickly. Kumble's resistance was ended by Boje, who was enjoying superb form with the ball. Trapping Kumble plumb in front, Boje picked up his fifth wicket of the innings. Kumble had made a valuable 28. Murali Kartik lasted just five balls before he holed out to Herschelle Gibbs, again of the bowling of Boje.
When Donald had Chopra caught behind, there was obvious joy in the South African ranks. With Nayan Mongia unable to bat due to injury, it was all over for the Indians. Defeat by an innings and 71 runs ended a series without joy for the Indians.
Boje was deserving man of the match for his 85 as nightwatchman and match figures of 7/93. Jacques Kallis was by far the most consistent player in the series and he walked away with the man of the series award.