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SAvIND: South Africa beat India by 135 runs to hand Kohli first series loss

South Africa defeated India by 135 runs on the final day of 2nd test match played at Super Sports Park, Centurion. India lost wickets at regular intervals and was bowled out for 151.

Starting the final day on 35 for 3, India lost an early wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara in form of run out. Parthiv Patel played some excellent shots which gave confidence to the team. Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, and Ravichandran Ashwin were dismissed in quick succession to leave India at 87 for 7. Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami played with positive intent adding 54 runs for the 8th wicket.

Rohit Sharma and Shami created pressure on the South African bowling line up. Sharma has dismissed 47 runs. India was bowled out for 151 giving South Africa 135 runs win to seal a 2-0 series win. For South Africa, young debutant Ngidi was the pick of bowlers taking 6 wickets in the second innings.

Indian bowlers have done reasonably well in this match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was dropped from the playing XI which was shocking. Apart from Virat Kohli, the Indian batsmen failed to contribute big runs.

South Africa 335 in 113. 5 overs ( Markram 92, Hashim Amla 82, Faf du Plessis 63, Ravichandran Ashwin 4/113, Ishant Sharma 3/46) and 258 in 91.3 overs ( AB de Villiers 80, Dean Elgar 61, Mohammad Shami 4/49, Jasprit Bumrah 3/70) beat

India 307 in 92.1 overs ( Virat Kohli 153, Murali Vijay 46, R Ashwin 38, Morne Morkel 4/60) and 151 in 50.2 overs ( Rohit Sharma 47, Mohammad Shami 28, Pujara 19, Murali Vijay 9, Ngidi 6/39) by 135 runs.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said: The bowlers have done a great job but the batsmen have let the team down again in this match. We should have got the lead after the way we came back after day 1. The wicket was up and down.

South African captain Faf du Plessis said: It was a very satisfying performance by the team who showed great character after losing the momentum on day 1. The fielding was brilliant. 400 was a good score on this pitch in the first innings. We knew that anything above 250 was going to be tough. Rabada and Ngidi will lead our pace bowling in future.

Man of the match Lungi Ngidi said:  I am very happy with the way result went. There has been good form for me in franchise cricket. It was not a quick pitch and bowled consistent line. We put them under pressure right from the start.