India break blockathon to win series 3-0
India broke past stubborn stonewalling from an AB de Villiers-led South African line-up to wrap up a 337-run win in the Delhi Test and take the series 3-0
3.25 pm And with that Virat Kohli goes up to receive the Freedom Trophy. India win 3-0, and are now ranked the no. 2 Test side in the world. His team-mates join him and it's party time.
I don't have very much more to add. Well played India, thoroughly the better team in this Test series. Well played South Africa, they've faced some tough conditions and been gracious about it.
Thank you for all your emails, today, over the course of this Test and over the course of this series. On behalf of the scorers and all the other commentators who have brought you the T20s, the ODIs and the Tests, thank you for reading. Have a good evening.
3.15 Here's the post-match and series presentation ...
Hashim Amla: "We knew we had to bat long and hard, we tried our exceptional best, AB had a fantastic effort ... You got to do what is best for the team, it is easy to go out there and get some runs, but we tried to take it as deep as possible, get something from this game , unfortunately we were outplayed by India throughout the whole series, they batted and bowled better than us. Winning the T20s and the ODIs was brilliant ... It was a tough series for our batters, we didn't manage to get enough runs ... credit to our seamers on these pitches, just unfortunate we couldnt get the runs to back them up."
Man of the match is the twin centurion Ajinkya Rahane: "Really enjoyed that, I would like to dedicate this to the people in Chennai who are suffering from the floods and the Indian army who is helping out, this one is for them ... Really happy for myself and my team. I always like to improve my game, my cricketing skills, believe in my process because the results will follow."
The man of the series is R Ashwin, for taking 31 wickets and scoring some runs too. Ashwin: "I think it is a great feeling, a fitting finale to a wonderful series, we were going for it, we fought really hard, they dug in really deep ... generally all these black soil wickets .. there's not much bounce .., massive support from Jadeja, he hits the stumps so often, amazing support from me, and let's not forget Umesh ..."
Here's Virat Kohli: All the wins were special, but this one because we had to work harder, the South African batsmen put their head down and played for the draw, always hard work. I just asked the bowlers to put their hands up and that's what happened after tea ... That really depends on how much energy the team is showing, standing on my own I can't do anything, all 11 guys deserve the credit ... we were surprised with how they were defending, their approach ... the bowlers did not lose patience .. they can be really proud of their effort today. We have bowlers who have the pace it is important to back them on any surface ... it is important to give them confidence at the right times and they have to respond as well. I just want to thank the crowd, it has been tremendous playing in front of a packed stadium. Thank you for your support."
3.10 pm I'll have the presentation for you as soon as it takes place.
Vignesh: "This has been one amazing test match right from the start. South Africa bowled well on Day 1, we saw tremendous batsmanship from Rahane and Ashwin, and some great bowling performance from Indians on Day 2, again momentum going back a little to SA credit to Morne who bowled tremendously well, it was back to Virat and Rahane who held Fort again and then came the Blockathon from the South Africans. But what was really good to see was how the Indian Bowlers never let up at any point in time and finally game finishing on Day 5 on final session. Brilliant Ad to test cricket. #WellDoneEveryBody "
Vignesh: "What a game!!!!!. Test cricket at its best. Take a bow ABD, Amla and indian bowlers who kept plugging in despite tough situations. Biggest gain of this match is Umesh Yadav. Awesome experience to see an indian bowler at its reverse swinging best after zak. Congrats. Ultimate winner is Test Cricket"
2.57 pm India have wrapped up the series 3-0. They had to work incredibly hard for this 337-victory, in the face of some stupendous resistance from South Africa. Ashwin, Jadeja, Umesh and Ishan have toiled manfully, never letting the intensity drop. South Africa lost five wickets in 31 balls after tea, after their first five wickets lasted 138.4 overs.
Kuldeep: "And what a score in the end - 143/10 in 143.1 (143.10) overs!!!!!"
Sooryanarayanan: "In India's last six test series wins, Ashwin has been India's leading wicket-taker in all of them. What a match-winner he has proved to be."
PitchPerfect: "Superb Test Cricket! Runs, wickets, spin, reverse swing, defense and above all final-session Result! "
Shikhar Dhawan (the real one) to Star Sports: "We had to work really hard and our bowlers did a great job. they batted very well but we kept our discipline, tremendous and amazing. When they were playing well it felt like maybe a draw but we knew that one or two wickets would create a low of pressure ... amazing reverse swing from Umesh. Lovely to see ... Ashwin and Jadeja have been tremendous whole series, I would like to congratulate them."
jacq: "What inspirational captaincy from Kohli....right from selecting Umesh instead of Mishra, with inspirational bowling changes, batted well himself and declared at the right time...did not let intensity to drop when the going was tough....He takes India to 2nd rank in ICC test ranking...well done"
Navin: "First time in my life feeling a bit low for india winning a match.. AB & co deserved a draw atleast if not a win. Hats off to those 3 musketeers. Also bowing to our bowling unit, they are proving to be world class atleast in subcontinent pitches.. Cocktail of emotions."
Murali: "Now this is is a proper test wicket and proper test match! It was "bloody hard" for both bowlers and batsmen, with the main difference being a guy scoring 2 centuries where noone else came close."
GirishKumar: "What an asset Umesh has proved to be! His raw pace and swing, combined with Ashwin's brilliance, has cleanup the Proteas!!"
Umesh steaming in, watch out stumps.
Pranay: "Two thumbs up to Indian bowlers for not losing intensity after 140 overs!"
Rudra Varma: "I am feeling the same pain that I felt when Sehwag got out for 293 :( "
A matter of time now. India have surged through the breach after tea.
Andy Zaltzman @ZaltzCricket de Villiers out after not so much shutting up shop as liquidating an entire shopping mall. 43 off 297. #TakeThatTavare
Sooryanarayanan: "Amidst all the drama, let's take our hat off to Ashwin, who now has 30 wickets in the series, more than the 29 he took against Australia in 2013."
As AB walked off the field, Abbott came up to him to offer words of appreciation.