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398dThe Report by Sidharth Monga in Centurion

Debutant Ngidi's 6 for 39 seals series for South Africa

It was a brown banana peel for South Africa, but they adapted to a subcontinent-style track with great skill to win back the Freedom Trophy

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
153(217) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • defended
  • 29 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
13 8 10 31 37 5 21 28
AK Markram
94(150) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 22 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 11 16 7 28 8 11 13

Best performances - Bowlers

L Ngidi
Mohammed Shami

Match Details


South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

13,14,15,16,17 January 2018 (5-day match)

Test debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Varun Shetty

12:45pm A match that was attritional for the longest time has ended in a quick collapse. No doubt anymore about which session was series-defining. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of this game, it was a pleasure having you. Be sure to check out all the post-match content we have lined up, including match highlights. On behalf of Karthik, Raghav, Firdose and Monga - it's a goodbye from me.

Lungi Ngidi: At the moment it hasn't sunk in, I'm chaffed and very happy. It's been quick turnaround for me. There's been some good form in franchise cricket. When I got the call out I felt I was in good form. Luckily enough, it [the debut] was on my home ground. The support was great. [Stuck] to the basics you know. The odd one that nipped back was getting the wickets. Definitely wasn't the fastest SuperSport pitch but we had to make do with what we were given. We pretty much put them under pressure.

Lungi Ngidi is the Man of the Match

WATCH - Faf du Plessis post-match reaction (Indian subcontinent and UAE only)

Faf du Plessis: It took a lot of work. I thought we were on top most of the time. Especially in the field, we did well. Our main focus after day one was to show character. We were very disappointed after the last 45 minutes on day one. Our chat was that we needed to show more character. We were a little bit short in the first innings. We needed to get 400 after the position we were in. But for me the vital part was in the second innings when we kept pushing what they needed to get. We knew anything above 250 would be tough and that's why our batsmen grinded. We're looking forward to Ngidi and KG leading this attack in a few years. [Better catch] Morne definitely! He's going to tell us about that catch over the next few days.

WATCH - Virat Kohli post-match reaction (Indian subcontinent and UAE only)

Virat Kohli: We thought the wicket was really flat. It was surprising. We though we have our best chance to put runs on the board. Especially after the way SA ended the first innings, we had the momentum. We should have got the lead. It's the batsmen who have let the team down again. The thinking it very simple, I wanna leave everything on the field. The 150 means nothing now that we've lost the series. Having not won the game, personal milestones do not matter at all. You go out there and you give your best shot. We tried our best and we just weren't good enough. They were better than us, especially with the fielding.

WATCH - Ngidi gets Bumrah's wicket and hands South Africa the series (Indian subcontinent and UAE only)

12:30pm Bringing you the presentation shortly...

Avneet: "AB! My Man of the Match. Was robbed of one in the first test on a bowlers paradise. This time, he should be getting it for game changing 80 and amazing runout of pujara, alongwith the catching brilliance. "

Siraj Shaikh: "Splendid performance by Ngidi.. india undone with his fast bowling. He's single-handedly responsible for India's collapse. Hence my MAN OF THE MATCH!"

Sagar: "First, SAf deserves to be the winner, no denying that. The loss wouldn't have been as heartbreaking if India did not self-destruct as much as they did (thinking about all the dropped catches and the three run-outs)"

Ravish Chandel: "On tough wickets, if lower order can add runs, why can't the top order??? Is it like that after penetrating through top order, fielding side turns casual OR the lower order plays with less fear OR top order - in order to show more intent - tend to forget the very basic rules of batting? OR whatt??? I can't understand "

Farhan Khan: "what a win by South Africa!!! So many great moment. Century of Kholi & 6 wickets of Nigidi. Without Styen, South Africa done a Brilliant Job. Well Done... #SAvsIND "

Satyam: "Gutted as an Indian fan. This team had everything to win in South Africa. To add to that, they had a pitch they could take advantage off. But some selection blunders and fielding mishaps have caused a crushing defeat.

Thys: "Ngidi joins a impressive list of South African bowlers that have taken 5 wicket hauls on debut. List includes Philander, Langeveldt, Abbott, De Lange and Klusener" --- Correct. And he's the 25th South African to do it.

12:18pm, Day 5 A crushing defeat for India, by 135 runs. Undone completely by South Africa's bowlers in the second innings. They gifted a few wickets over the course of this matcha s well - Pujara gave them both his wickets, Pandya threw it away in the first. Hardly any resistance from India's batsmen, other than a top-class 153 from Kohli. South Africa managed to climb out of trouble with the bat. They were always going to be difficult with the ball. 2-0 is a fair reflection. Markram, Amla, Elgar, AB complemented Morkel's four in the first innings and Ngidi's six in the second, to set up the foundation for this big win.

Ngidi to Bumrah, OUT, Philander lunges forward and gets his hands under it at mid-off. South Africa have won the series. Full on off stump, Bumrah's weight going backwards as he pokes with hard hands. It's a feeble chip, dying on Philander. He takes it. Six for Ngidi

JJ Bumrah c Philander b Ngidi 2 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Ngidi to Bumrah, no run, short ball wide outside off, swings hard across the line, beaten

50 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 151/9

  • I Sharma4 (10b)
  • JJ Bumrah2 (4b)
  • K Rabada14-3-47-3
  • L Ngidi12-3-39-5

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Rabada to I Sharma, FOUR runs, full ball in at off stump, arches back a touch, no forward stride. Opens the face and slices it wide of point
Rabada to I Sharma, no run, short ball on middle stump, arches backwards and lets it go
Rabada to I Sharma, no run, yorker nicely dug out. Speared in at leg stump. He gets the front leg out of the way and jams the bat into it

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Rabada to I Sharma, no run, short ball climbing in at middle stump, jumps into the leg side and squeezes this to gully

Goes over the wicket

Unwanted run


Cheteshwar Pujara is the first India player to be run out twice in a Test. He's the 23rd overall and first since Stephen Fleming v Zimbabwe in December 2000.

Record chase needed


The highest run-chase at SuperSport Park in Centurion, which was by England in 2000. India are set a record target of 287 to chase. There have been only six successful chases at the venue and five of those have been by the home team.

Faf's feat


Runs for Faf du Plessis in Tests. Since his debut, only Amla has scored more runs for SA than du Plessis.

Going on and on


No. of century partnerships in this series. The one between De Villiers and Elgar is the biggest of the two, going past 114 added by De Villiers and Du Plessis in the last Test.

Captain steps up


No. of centuries by India captains in South Africa - Tendulkar (169) in Cape Town 1996-97 and Kohli in this Test.

Opening with spin


Last time a spinner opened the bowling for South Africa in the first innings - Aubrey Faulkner v Australia. SA opened with Keshav Maharaj in this Test.

Shami's century


Wickets for Mohammad Shami in Tests, becoming only the 7th India fast bowler to the milestone.

Spin in Centurion


Wickets for Ashwin so far, which is already 2nd-best for a spinner in the first innings of a Centurion Test; Swann's 5 for 110 in 2009 is the best. Ashwin's 31 overs is 3rd-highest by a spinner in the 1st inngs in Centurion

A first for de Kock


Number of ducks at home for de Kock in all international matches. He has 7 in away games - 3 in NZ, 2 in Ban, 1 each in Aus and SL - but this one in Centurion was his first in South Africa

A long time coming


Innings between two run-outs for Amla in Tests. The last time he was run out in this format was way back in November 2012, in Perth

Centurion's king


Previous most runs by a batsman at SuperSport Park in Centurion, by Jacques Kallis. Hashim Amla has gone past that mark.

Markram's home


Aiden Markram's average in last 6 innings in Centurion (his home ground) across all formats in last six innings, before this match. His scores have been: 161, 119, 87, 51*, 56*, 18*. He has got to another fifty in this innings.

Solid pair


No. of 50+ partnerships between Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar in 7 Test innings, including this innings. They average over 100 as a pair.

South Africa's den


Win-loss record for South Africa in Centurion, in 22 previous Tests. Their win-loss ratio of 8.50 at the venue is the second-best for any team playing 10+ Tests at a ground.