India, chasing 287 for win in the second Test, were facing a massive task of batting it out on the fifth day at SuperSport Park in Centurion with the pitch fast becoming tough to play. In the first hour, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara, Parthiv Patel and Hardik Pandya to lose the crux of their batting effort and the writing was on the wall. Debutante Lungi Ngidi played a big role in India’s fall from the overnight 35/3 as barring Rohit Sharma’s 47, none of the other batsmen could prolong their innings. To add to India’s misery, South Africa fielded brilliantly with Morkel and AB de Villiers taking sublime catches. In the end, India were bowled out for 151 with Ngidi pickig six wickets and deservedly earning a loud applause from the home crowd. The win gives South Africa a 2-0 series lead with the third Test to be played in Johannesburg.
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test Day 5, Highlights:
1546 hrs IST: ALL OUT! India have been bowled out for 151 all out and South Africa win by 135 runs. Bumrah the last wicket to fall and who else but Ngidi with the wicket. Six wickets on debut in the second innings – what a way to make your start!
1536 hrs IST: GONE! Way to make a debut. Lungi Ngidi gets his fifth as Shami falls for 28. Back of a length delivery, Shami tries to pull but doesn’t connect properly. That goes flying into Morkel’s hands at mid-on.
1530 hrs IST: WHAT. A. CATCH! AB de Villiers with an absolute stunner. Not many can take that but not many are AB de Villiers. Comes running in from the boundary ropes and dives forward to take it well before the ball could bounce in front of him. Rohit Sharma walks back for 47 and his attempt at first fifty outside India since 2015 has not materialised.
1521 hrs IST: DROPPED! That was a tough one for Hashim Amla to leap and hold on to. Rohit Sharma with the pull and it has been put down at square leg. Amla stays down in disappointment. Was flying over his head, jumped up but he can only see it go away from his hands
1455 hrs IST: Runs coming at a brisk pace for India now with both Rohit and Shami playing their shots. The two have taken the total to 119/7
1438 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa, Ngidi in particular, is in a hurry to wrap this up. Bowls one at the right length, Ashwin goes for the drive and is caught-behind for 3. India 87/7
1430 hrs IST: While both teams have had similar outings with bat and ball in the series so far, it’s South Africa’s fielding which has been the difference. They have held on to everything in the slips, ground fielding has been superb and De Kock has been very tidy behind the stumps
1428 hrs IST: WICKET! On debut, Ngidi is doing the job for South Africa. He picks his third wicket to put India on the mat in the 287-run chase. Bowls one short, Pandya looks to play it over the slips but manages a thick edge which is brilliantly collected by De Kock. India 83/6
1416 hrs IST: The difference between the two teams this Test has been on catches and silly errors. India have had three run outs, played into South Africa’s hands in the first innings and most importantly, haven’t held on to the catches. In sharp contrast, as that Morkel catch shows, South Africa have been better in that department and are set to take a 2-0 lead.
1404 hrs IST: GONE! Parthiv Patel has been dismissed trying to pull this one over the ropes. But Morne Morkel has taken a brilliant catch and Kagiso Rabada has struck to further India’s misery. Parthiv goes back for 19. Can’t really fault that shot to be fair, that catch is absolutely sensational.
1400 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is the next man in. He comes in to join Parthiv Patel in the middle. Two men with plenty to prove and their place in the side under question. Make or break time.
1345 hrs IST: RUN OUT! Pujara is dismissed run out and that is completely suicidal. Given the situation, completely unneccesary. Taking on AB de Villiers – one of the most prolific fielders – and Pujara is short of his ground. Desperate dive having already completed a double and trying to go for a third and the bat is just out of the crease. Taking a long, long time with that but eventually, it has been given OUT. With that, Pujara has become the first Indian player to be dismissed run out in both innings of a Test
1330 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara faces the first ball of the day as Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack. Vernon Philander darting in from the other end.
1320 hrs IST: This day could define whether Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel play the third Test. Rohit hasn’t been among the runs and if he fails again, Ajinkya Rahane could come in. For Parthiv, coming in for injured Saha, it was more about the bat than about the keeping and it has shown. Parthiv has let some down over the course of the Test and with Dinesh Karthik coming in as replacement for Saha, this day could set the tone for the third Test.
1300 hrs IST: Hello and Good Afternoon for our live coverage of the second Test in this Freedom Series between India and South Africa. We’re into the fifth day of the second Test and the scale is tipped firmly in South Africa’s favour. The scorecard suggests India have seven wickets in hand with 252 runs to get. The problem? The pitch. Kohli and Vijay’s wickets highlighted how the ball stays low and once you bowl wicket-to-wicket, chances of success go up. That would be the aim for the hosts when play resumes.