2nd Test, Pune, October 10 - 13, 2019, ICC World Test Championship
(f/o) 275 & 189

India won by an innings and 137 runs

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Scorecard summary
India 601/5(156.3 overs)
Virat Kohli *254 (336)
Kagiso Rabada3/93 (30)
Mayank Agarwal 108 (195)
Keshav Maharaj1/196 (50)
South Africa 275/10(105.4 overs)
Umesh Yadav3/37 (13)
South Africa 189/10(67.2 overs)
Dean Elgar 48 (72)
Ravindra Jadeja3/52 (21.2)
Umesh Yadav3/22 (8)

3.32 pm: Well that's that for this Test. It was great fun bringing it to you. Make sure you join us for the third and final Test too, in Ranchi. And come back later today to check on all the great pieces that Karthik Krishnaswamy and Firdose Moonda will be filing. For now, this is Saurabh bidding adieu on behalf of Deiva and Thilak.

As expected, Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match for his monumental 254*: "As I said a couple of days back, it's getting the responsibility of being captain. If you go out planning a double hundred you won't get it, but if you go out planning to bat for five sessions, the double hundred will come. Earlier, I would think more from a personal point of view, but thinking of the team, all that pressure doesn't come. (on early career) sometimes you play to prove people wrong but I'm at the stage of my career where I'm just happy to be where I am. Putting the team in a commanding position is the only thing I strive for. Of course I enjoy scoring runs, but if they come in a winning cause, nothing like it. You have to look forward to facing the new ball in the morning. I really enjoy batting with Jinx (Rahane). When we have a partnership we invariably take the game forward. We take a lot of pride in contributing when the situation is tough. He keeps giving me regular feedback when things are going wrong, and vice versa as well.

When we started off as a group we were at No.7 (in the Test rankings). The only way was up. We laid down a few things, told everyone to work hard at practice. We are lucky to have the group of players we have in the last three-four years. It's amazing to see that hunger and passion for all the guys to keep improving. Mentioning Saha specially, he was a bit nervous coming into Vizag, but this game he kept beautifully. Ashwin as well stepped up beautifully coming back. Looking at the larger picture of the Test championship, every game has value so we're not going to take our foot off the gas in the third Test. No one's going to relax at any stage, that's a guarantee.

Faf du Plessis: "We know in the subcontinent your first innings is really important. The runs you put on the board gives you a chance. But the way India batted, especially Virat with 250, it takes a lot of mental toughness. Two days in the field can wear you down. Especially that second evening, the batsmen were a bit weak in the mindset. From then it's playing catch-up. We were found wanting in this Test match. As a captain you try and think of ways how you can change fields and bowlers, but all the questions we threw at him, he had answers for. He (Kohli) was too good. The hunger stood out, it was great value for us as batters. He wasn't satisfied with 100, 150. (Seamer instead of spinner) I think it was the right decision for this pitch. Vernon and KG created some pressure first up but we need another bowler who can add the pressure. Unfair to expect a young fast bowler making his debut to come in and do everything. That's what India do very well, they bowl well in pairs. Lungi Ngidi is fine, he's working on his fitness. As a big fast bowler, it's not always easy to come and bowl second and third spells. If he's fine, we might throw him in the mix for the next Test. All in all, India are deserving series winners. They are very tough to beat at home, their record speaks for itself."

3.20 pm: Presentation time.

Shankar: "Any brownie points for an innings win?" - Brownie points are all you get Shankar. No extra WTC points!

Azweer: "Is it Superman...!! Spiderman!!! Or Shakthiman..!!! No.. it's Wriddhiman..!!"

Prasad Kaitkay: "India's pace attack has been the difference of late. Consistently taking 8-10 wickets out of 20 on these surfaces is brilliant specially when the opposition team managed to take just 5 "

Brij : "Which was the last home series that India lost? Was it against England?" - it was indeed England, in 2012-13. Alastair Cook scored a mountain of runs, Kevin Pietersen hit one of the greatest Test innings in Mumbai, and the Monty Panesar-Graeme Swann duo outspun India.

Umesh Yadav: I need to give him (Wriddhiman Saha) a treat because I think those two wickets are Wriddhi bhai's only. When you put the ball outside leg stump you think it'll be a boundary, but if there is a little bit chance to convert a catch, we know he will take it. I know that there is a lot of competition in the team so whoever comes in has to do well. I knew that it was important I do well if I get a chance. The way we are winning matches, you have to have the mindset to grab your chances. I was confident coming into the match because the last time I played in India I got ten wickets in the match. If there is doubt in the mind, it's not possible to perform well. It all went well for me.

Wriddhiman Saha: The ball wobbles for all three - Umesh, Ishant, Shami. We practice for that. But ultimately you have to come into the match and do it. Fitness wise, everyone in the team follows the schedule given by the trainers. Whoever can do extra we do too.

3.01 pm: A dominating win by India. They've cleaned up South Africa in just 67.2 overs in the second innings. Virat Kohli opted to enforce the follow-on this morning, and though the pitch didn't have any great demons in it, the South Africans' minds were full of gremlins - those are harder to get rid of. A truly combined bowling performance, with every regular bowler among the wickets. It's also a world record 11th consecutive home series win for India.

Jadeja to Maharaj, OUT

given lbw but Maharaj has reviewed. Pitched it slightly shorter of a length and went with the arm but was it going down leg? No edge. And it's three reds on DRS so India have won by an innings and 137 runs and sealed the series. Struck in front of middle and leg, and going on to hit the stumps.

Keshav Maharaj lbw b Jadeja 22 (65b 3x4 0x6) SR: 33.84
Jadeja to Maharaj, no run

fuller on the stumps, driven back firmly to Jadeja

India one wicket away from sealing the series now.

end of over 674 runs • 2 wickets
SA: 189/9CRR: 2.82 
Keshav Maharaj22 (63b 3x4)
Umesh Yadav 8-3-22-3
Ravindra Jadeja 21-4-52-2
Umesh Yadav to Rabada, OUT

smart take by Rohit at second slip In the corridor from wide of the crease and perhaps straightens a touch. Rabada was caught in two minds, went to poke at it, wanted to then pull his bat away but was far too late to do that and it ended up just hanging there as the ball kissed the edge and travelled to Rohit, who took it low in front of him

Kagiso Rabada c RG Sharma b Yadav 4 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80

Round the wicket

Umesh Yadav to Rabada, FOUR runs

full outside off, swinging away from him but Rabada gets the timing perfect on this. Well balanced, even though hands are going away from body to play this short arm jab of a cover drive that screams through extra cover

Umesh Yadav to Rabada, no run

bouncer, doesn't rise up very high but Rabada spotted it early and ducked

Umesh Yadav to Rabada, no run

going across him, ends up on off stump, jabbed to cover

Umesh Yadav to Rabada, no run

good length going across him, in the channel and left alone. The exact same ball he bowled to the right-hander, was a bad one (never mind the wicket). It's a good one to the left-hander

Going round the wicket to Rabada now. No, he's changed his mind. Still over.

Umesh is having some comeback. Wickets immediately when he bowled. Now two of the wickets in an innings with balls going well down leg.

Umesh Yadav to Philander, OUT

incredibly that line down legside works for Umesh. Second time in this innings. He was not getting his lines right in the past over, and he continues this over by starting with one down leg. Philander wants to tickle it fine but gets a faint edge. Saha is moving across to his left well and pouches it easily.

Vernon Philander c †Saha b Yadav 37 (72b 2x4 2x6) SR: 51.38

Ramesh: "I am pretty sure India will bat again. This partnership will go on for 100 more run then Nortje and rabada will also provide some resistance and SA will lead by 100. India will bat again and chase down the total around this time tommorrow"

end of over 661 run
SA: 185/7CRR: 2.80 
Keshav Maharaj22 (63b 3x4)
Vernon Philander37 (71b 2x4 2x6)
Ravindra Jadeja 21-4-52-2
Umesh Yadav 7-3-18-1
Jadeja to Maharaj, no run

jaffa. one of the rare balls he's given good air to, pitches on the perfect in-between spot where the batsman's front-foot stride won't get him to the pitch and then grips and breaks sharply past the outside edge

Jadeja to Philander, 1 run

fuller on the stumps, bunted back to the bowler. Goes through Jadeja's fingers so they steal a single

Jadeja to Philander, no run

length on middle stump, turning away but he gets beside it and uses an angled bat to keep it down

Jadeja to Philander, no run

length on off, spinning away, glided towards backward point

Jadeja to Philander, no run

fuller, stays in his crease, weight on front foot to defend towards silly point

Jadeja to Philander, no run

length on middle stump, gets his front foot out beside the ball and defends

Simha Y.N: "Maharaj and Philander remind me of the famous Aussie late order pair - Richie Benaud and Alan Davidson. Very, very annoying underrated batsmen. They hung on like limpets, much like the two here are showing us. The most famous instance of this for me was the tied test of 1960-61, where it seemed the Windies had won when the Aussies were seven down, only for those two to come together and produce that unforgettable climax. "

end of over 65Maiden
SA: 184/7CRR: 2.83 
Keshav Maharaj22 (62b 3x4)
Vernon Philander36 (66b 2x4 2x6)
Umesh Yadav 7-3-18-1
Ravindra Jadeja 20-4-51-2
Umesh Yadav to Maharaj, no run

and another one far down leg. Umesh hasn't sorted his lines in this new spell

Umesh Yadav to Maharaj, no run

length on off, stays in his crease and punches off the back foot towards extra cover

Umesh Yadav to Maharaj, no run

getting good movement but wrong lines - down leg again

Umesh Yadav to Maharaj, no run

trying to bring it into him but gets it to tail in too much and he's bowled this on a middle stump line so it goes down leg

Umesh Yadav to Maharaj, no run

length on off, stays back and punches to mid-off

Umesh Yadav to Maharaj, no run

tailing in late at good pace and strikes him on the toes. Goes up in appeal but that would have comfortably gone down leg. In fact he got an inside edge onto pad too

Srinath: "Hello from Vienna!! Maharaj and Philander should bat higher up the order in the next match! They are showing more grit and determination than most of the top order batsmen!"

Best performances - batters
V Kohli
254 runs (336)
33 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
43 runs
4 fours0 six
MA Agarwal
108 runs (195)
16 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot
23 runs
3 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
R Ashwin
RA Jadeja
Match details
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Virat Kohli
Series resultIndia led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 2364
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days10,11,12,13 October 2019 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje
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Match Referee
PointsIndia 40, South Africa 0
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