Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    29.3 and he hangs on to a deflection off his stomach! A bizzare shot, but it was coming from Elgar. Ashwin was making him dance, really. He steps out, premeditatedly. It's back of a length from Ashwin so he's never going to reach the pitch of it. Forced to drive on the up. Hits it aerially into a jumping Vijay's mid-riff. It gets jammed there fractionally, between body and right elbow. He reacts quickly to juggle and hold on. That might have even carried to short extra if silly point wasn't there 85/1
    47.3 gets him straight away! Has he? Markram reviews. It's a late cut, that looks very much like an edge. Everyone behind the bat is excited, as is Ashwin. Oh he's reviewed because he's connected with the back pad as he plays the shot. But he has connected with the ball at the same time. This will remain out. His affair with the 90s must be a painful one. Top class innings ends tamely. It was a back of a length ball in the corridor and he was looking to play the late cut 148/2
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    80.5 direct hit at the non-striker's end as Pandya swivels and pulls off a sensational throw. It's been sent upstairs and it looks out. Stunning, stunning work from Pandya. Short ball at middle stump. Gets on top of the bounce and drops it into the short leg region. Pandya sprints along with Faf, but he knows which way he wants to go. Swivels on his toes as he picks up, and it's a rocket throw, crashing into the middle of the stumps at the other end. Amla does some course correction as he sprints. He's at least a yard out. Pandya picks up and takes two steps and is aerial as he unleashes the throw. Whew 246/4
    62.4 chops it on! Short and wide outside off, slashes with a a horizontal bat. Reaching out too much and the ball sits in the pitch just enough to induce the inside edge. India finally see one edge hit the stumps. There have been a few today 199/3
    112.4 clean bowled. Inswinger speared in on middle stump. He wants to whip this wide of mid-on with power, but there's a big gap between bat and pad. Misses by a long way in the end 333/9
    81.1 gets him first ball! India are back in this! Length ball, dipping outside off. QDK wafts at it with no feet, following the ball only with his hands. It's lazy. And quite unlike Kohli at slip, who reacts quickly to grab to his left. That flew quickly to him 250/5
    82.6 Philander has had a brain fade. This is poor from South Africa. A back of a length ball swinging down leg side. He looks to flick and gets a leading edge that lands between keeper and the incoming midwicket fielder. As that lobbing ball is in the air, Philander is wandering down the pitch, whilst looking at it. On first appearance, so is Faf. But he is lifting his hand up and screaming no. Philander doesn't look at him, he can't hear him either. Throw comes to Pandya and flicks the bails off 251/6
    98.5 gets the edge! Shami gets a wicket in his best over of the match. Plugs away in the corridor, climbing in the corridor. Straigthens marginally and kisses the outside edge. Maharaj failed to get behind the line. Nicely done from the bowler 282/7
    110.3 Pandya takes a sharp one at deep square after running in. He is furious too as he chucks the ball away. Bouncer on middle stump, Rabada takes it on with a hook. It dips on the fielder but he is so well balanced as he runs in, loose as he leaps forward and lands on his elbows 324/8
    113.5 thick outside edge as Morne looks to drill this full ball over cover. Vijay gets under it at sweeper cover and takes it. Ashwin tossed this up wide outside off and drew him in 335/10
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    9 (lb 8, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    335 all out (113.5 Overs, RR: 2.94, 488 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-85 (D Elgar, 29.3 ov), 2-148 (AK Markram, 47.3 ov), 3-199 (AB de Villiers, 62.4 ov), 4-246 (HM Amla, 80.5 ov), 5-250 (Q de Kock, 81.1 ov), 6-251 (VD Philander, 82.6 ov), 7-282 (KA Maharaj, 98.5 ov), 8-324 (K Rabada, 110.3 ov), 9-333 (F du Plessis, 112.4 ov), 10-335 (M Morkel, 113.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JJ Bumrah2266002.7201
    Mohammed Shami1525813.8600
    I Sharma2244632.0900
    HH Pandya1645003.1200
    R Ashwin38.51011342.9000
  • BATSMEN
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    36.5 gone! This was coming - he's been trying to cut him repeatedly for the last three-four overs, even when the ball wasn't short enough. Tries it again - this one's got some width on it but it isn't a short ball - and it hurries through and gets a top edge through to de Kock 107/3
    9.3 takes it in his follow through! KL Rahul rooted in the crease. Poor shot. No feet as this length ball comes in, drives with hard hands as it rises. Chips it back to Morkel's left and he hangs on despite losing his balance and grabbing at it 28/1
    9.4 he's run out first ball! That's what third umpire will confirm anyway. Pujara dabs the full ball to mid-on, looks to steal the single and Ngidi's throw hits the non-strikers stumps on the bounce. He's miles out, even with a dive. 28/2
    92.1 chips to long-on. Full ball on middle stump, steps out and wants to chip it straight. But he cramps himself and it comes off the inside half of the bat. Long-on gets a simple one to his right 307/10
    45.5 struck on the back leg right in front of off stump. This nipped back in and beat the inside edge. They've reviewed after the umpire gives this...it's hit him on the back thigh. Feet are quite deep in the crease. There's no bat on it...tracker shows it's umpire's call as it clips the top of middle. He's gone. Slanted in at a length by Rabada, Rohit looking to drive on the up and is caught playing the wrong line. 7th lbw dismissal in his 42 Test innings, to go with nine times being bowled 132/4
    53.4 his maiden wicket is a beauty! Angles in to off stump, nips away off the surface and draws the edge as Parthiv looks to defend his stumps. Offered the full face and that's about all he could have done. Big outside edge and Ngidi is overjoyed 164/5
    67.1 good length and late swing away in the corridor. Defended to mid-on who Pandya wants to take on. Kohli says no. Pandya has to run back and looks like he's in as Philander hits direct...but his leg's in the air! Oh they're amused to have stolen a run as the ball deflects into the leg side, but he doesn't look so smart now. Terrible from Pandya. He's made his ground - well he would have, but he wasn't on the ground. The bat and foot are in the air as ball hits stumps. 209/6
    81.3 good catch Faf! Ashwin edges straight away against the new ball. Length ball, swinging away outside off. Wafts away from the body, thick edge flying at Faf's face at second slip. He grabs it and then tries to balance as he's falling backwards. Falls over anyway 280/7
    82.6 taken at first slip. Regulation Morkel wicket. Short one in the corridor, hangs his bat up to try and defend. It's a bit too quick for him. Amla with the reverse cup at throat height 281/8
    90.4 bunts it to short leg. Morkel came progressively closer to Ishant in this over. This one is at his chest, at an off stump line. Can't get outside the line like the last ball, can't get on top of it either. Gets under it and gives an easy one to short leg 306/9
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    12 (b 8, lb 1, nb 1, w 2)
    TOTAL
    307 all out (92.1 Overs, RR: 3.33, 422 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (KL Rahul, 9.3 ov), 2-28 (CA Pujara, 9.4 ov), 3-107 (M Vijay, 36.5 ov), 4-132 (RG Sharma, 45.5 ov), 5-164 (PA Patel, 53.4 ov), 6-209 (HH Pandya, 67.1 ov), 7-280 (R Ashwin, 81.3 ov), 8-281 (Mohammed Shami, 82.6 ov), 9-306 (I Sharma, 90.4 ov), 10-307 (V Kohli, 92.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    KA Maharaj2016713.3500
    M Morkel22.156042.7011
    VD Philander1634612.8700
    K Rabada2017413.7000
    L Ngidi1425113.6410
  • BATSMEN
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    1.2 plumb! Markram is leaping up at this short of a length ball to try and defend, but like he's done all Test long, Bumrah gets this one to skid on at knee height. He's trapped on the back leg and there's little doubt in that 1/1
    45.5 he's hit a long hop straight to deep square. A short ball, down leg side and he nails this pull shot. For connection, anyway. He's placed it straight to KL Rahul there, who misses it on the first attempt and fishes with hards hands to try and grab this as close to his body as possible. Ends up jamming it into his ribs and holds on to his right 151/4
    5.3 gone! Another one keeps low! Oh no one's going on the back foot from now on. Bumrah has destroyed that tenet of Test batting for now. Back of a length ball coming in at middle stump. He's looking to flick on the up, but the bat is about 3 inches above the ball, which has hit him on the knee roll 3/2
    41.1 got him! Shami gets it to climb up at AB and induces a stab. It's a length ball shooting up at AB who is looking to chop another one square. Gets it off the glove and it's a simple take. That swung in through the air and climbed off the pitch 144/3
    88.4 sticks out the right hand takes this in his follow through! Deceives him with the slower ball. An offcutter. Full and in at off stump. Faf shapes to drive inside out through extra cover. It pings off the inside half and hangs up for Bumrah who is fully in control this time. 245/9
    47.4 won't survive this time. Another aimless waft. Length ball climbing up in the corridor. No attempt to move the feet, no attempt to cover the line. Edge carries to Parthiv's left and he takes an easy one 163/5
    73.4 pulls to square leg. The perils of being a bowling allrounder in a blockathon. You will lose your concentration at some point. Short ball in the corridor. Sits in the surface and he's early on the pull. Standing on one leg and losing balance as he looks to pull. It's a feeble chip to the fielder 209/6
    75.6 lifts up in the corridor and takes the outside edge. Back of a length and climbing steeply at Maharaj who can't get on top of the bounce as he looks to defend. Edge off the high part of the bat 215/7
    87.2 edged to second slip and it's an easy take. Length ball coming in at off stump, drives on the up with no feet and ends up playing inside the line. Ball dips on Kohli but it's at a comfortable catching height 245/8
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    91.3 gets great connection on the slog but he's found long-on. Tossed up at middle stump, he ends the solid batsman charade and swings with his front foot out of the way. Long-on was a few yards in and had to leap to take this with a reverse cup. Well connected, but flat enough to keep that fielder in the game 258/10
    Extras
    8 (b 2, lb 5, w 1)
    TOTAL
    258 all out (91.3 Overs, RR: 2.81, 413 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (AK Markram, 1.2 ov), 2-3 (HM Amla, 5.3 ov), 3-144 (AB de Villiers, 41.1 ov), 4-151 (D Elgar, 45.5 ov), 5-163 (Q de Kock, 47.4 ov), 6-209 (VD Philander, 73.4 ov), 7-215 (KA Maharaj, 75.6 ov), 8-245 (K Rabada, 87.2 ov), 9-245 (F du Plessis, 88.4 ov), 10-258 (L Ngidi, 91.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    R Ashwin29.367812.6400
    JJ Bumrah2037033.5010
    I Sharma1734022.3500
    Mohammed Shami1634943.0600
    HH Pandya911401.5500
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    7.5 chops it on! It's that low bounce again. So similar to what Bumrah did. It's sufficiently short of a length for a batsman not to be forward, but it doesn't take off at all. Vijay looks to punch from the crease, gets it off the inside edge of the toe and the ball tonks leg stump 11/1
    11.1 oh dear that is a terrible shot. Short of a length outside off. Half punch, half cut. A nothing jab in the end - ends up like a slice. It's a hard one to describe. The only thing that's clear is that he was very, very nervous playing that shot. Backward point didn't have to move 16/2
    26.1 Pujara is diving for his life at the striker's end as AB's throw comes in. He's risked a third. He looks to be out...yes, replays confirm it. Pujara is out run out for the second time in the Test. Well it certainly looks that way. The umpire is confirming with multiple angles...he's taking some time with it too...His bat is on the line as the bail comes off. It's not behind it...there it is. Don't know why it took so long. Parthiv had nudged this ball through gully, they'd picked up two and AB was chasing it from third slip. Picked up, swiveled, threw it on the bounce. QDK was quick with his hands as he broke the stumps. It was Ngidi who put in a slide at the boundary and parried the ball back to AB, chasing it from backward point. 49/4
    15.6 gone, lbw, that was unplayable. Went wide of the crease, hit that Bumrah spot, got that Bumrah angle into the stumps, and that Bumrah low bounce too. Was jumping across, playing for the bounce all the muscle memory built up over all these years must have made him expect, and the ball hits him low, just around the knee-roll. The umpire's finger goes up immediately, and he reviews - hoping against hope. It's crashing into middle stump, however, and Kohli must walk back. South Africa have the big wicket, and 287 is a long, long way away 26/3
    29.5 oh Morne you beauty! He has pulled off a screamer at fine leg! Wow. Sprints to his right, lunges out with his big levers and manages to keep his elbow from slamming into the ground. That's all about balance from Morne - holds his hands up in the air as he slides on his hips. Short ball outside off, Parthiv gets behind the line and launches the hook shot. No chance of keeping that down because he's not on top of it, so he looks to go big. He hasn't connected well enough. Morkel's team mates are static when it's in the air...they're olympic sprinters when he's held on 65/5
    47.2 looks like AB has taken it! Yes, it's clean! Superb. Loses control of a hook - it's a difficult pitch to get that shot right every time. Backing into the off side, manages to get under it and there's no room. Top edge hangs some 20 yards in front of AB at fine leg. He sprints quickly, goes low with a slide to pouch this and then gets up gracefully to toss the ball up and volley it in celebration 141/8
    35.3 QDK leaps to his right and takes it one-handed. Ngidi wins the Pandya battle. They'd taken fly slip out. He bowled it short and very wide. Pandya has to reach out a long way to try and get it over the cordon with a ramp. Can't manage it. It's a thick outside edge 83/6
    37.1 outside edge through to the keeper. Well, that's how you get Ashwin most times. Length ball, slight shape away outside off. He looks to drive through the line on the up, hardly a front foot stride in. It's elementary. Ngidi sprints away in delight, he's one away from a five-for on debut 87/7
    48.2 five wickets for Ngidi. What a show on debut fo this guy. He's hit India hard. Back of a length ball fired in at a middle stump line. Shami backing away again to try and make room for a slog. Ends up slicing it straight to Morkel who takes it with a reverse cup at mid-on. Standing ovation from the dressing room for Ngidi 145/9
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    50.2 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 151/10
    Extras
    5 (b 4, w 1)
    TOTAL
    151 all out (50.2 Overs, RR: 3.0, 245 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (M Vijay, 7.5 ov), 2-16 (KL Rahul, 11.1 ov), 3-26 (V Kohli, 15.6 ov), 4-49 (CA Pujara, 26.1 ov), 5-65 (PA Patel, 29.5 ov), 6-83 (HH Pandya, 35.3 ov), 7-87 (R Ashwin, 37.1 ov), 8-141 (RG Sharma, 47.2 ov), 9-145 (Mohammed Shami, 48.2 ov), 10-151 (JJ Bumrah, 50.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander1032502.5000
    K Rabada1434733.3500
    L Ngidi12.233963.1600
    M Morkel831001.2510
    KA Maharaj612604.3300

Match Details

Toss

South Africa , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

South Africa led the 3-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

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

Close of Play

  • Sat, 13 Jan - day 1 - South Africa 1st innings 269/6 (F du Plessis 24*, KA Maharaj 10*, 90 ov)
  • Sun, 14 Jan - day 2 - India 1st innings 183/5 (V Kohli 85*, HH Pandya 11*, 61 ov)
  • Mon, 15 Jan - day 3 - South Africa 2nd innings 90/2 (D Elgar 36*, AB de Villiers 50*, 29 ov)
  • Tue, 16 Jan - day 4 - India 2nd innings 35/3 (CA Pujara 11*, PA Patel 5*, 23 ov)
  • Wed, 17 Jan - day 5 - India 2nd innings 151 (50.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Unwanted run

1

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

249

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

3000+

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

2

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

2

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

Opening with spin

1912

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

100

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

Spin in Centurion

3

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

1

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

76

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

1267

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

Markram's home

164

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

5

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

17-2

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.