India Complete 3-0 Test Series against South Africa, winning the 3rd and final Test in Ranchi on Tuesday (Oct 22) by an innings and 202 runs.
Debutant spinner Shahbaz Nadeem took the last 2-wickets in consecutive balls in just the 2nd over of the 4th day to remove the Proteas for 133 while watching on. The Proteas began the day on 132-8.
Lungi Ngidi was the last man dropped after he hit a ball straight towards the non-striker Anrich Nortje,
with the ball deflecting off-shoulder and sobbing into the air to give Nadeem an easy caught and bowled.
India Complete 3-0 Test Series, India coach Ravi Shastri was happy among the team’s all-round performance, stating that everyone chipped in during the series.
“Normally, in India, you have two players hogging the limelight. But here you have 6 or 7 chippings in,” he said after the match.
“You have a captain who leads with example and gets a double hundred. You have Pujara chipping in; you have Rahane scoring the runs in the middle order.
“You have Jadeja scoring runs at six and picking up wickets. That is what you want. Till it is going well, enjoy it!”
Theunis de Bruyn was out on his overnight score of 30 after coming into the XI for concussed Dean Elgar, who got a nasty hit on the helmet off paceman Umesh Yadav on Monday.
On Day 3, South Africa’s first innings ended on 162 earlier as they chased India’s 497-9 declared.
The hosts made them bat again, and Yadav drew first blood, getting left-hander Quinton de Kock — who was promoted to open the innings — for five.
Shami took over to get first innings hero Hamza for nought with a delivery that rattled his off stump.
The pace spearhead then took du Plessis’ prized scalp, and Temba Bavuma caught behind for a duck.
Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin also got a wicket each to require an extension of the final session, but de Bruyn and Nortje survived the last few overs.
It was a series to forget for South Africa, who ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 series whitewash for the first time in over a decade.
The innings loss in this match is also their joint-third highest margin of defeat in this manner. This series was also the first time since the 1935-36 season that South Africa lost two Tests in a round by an innings.