India beat South Africa to maintain their incredible home record. They beat the visitors by 137 runs in the second test at Pune to bag a three-test series on Sunday.
South Africa were made to follow on when they could only score a total of 189 in their second innings. It took the Indian bowlers a little over two sessions to get past the South African lineup.
India took a lead of 2-0 in the series which is going to be their fourth straight win after winning 2-0 in West Indies. This a record breaking victory as Indi has now won 11 consecutive test series at home. Prior to this India lost a test series against England in 2012.
Batting first India scored a huge first innings total of 601 after losing 5 wickets. They declared the innings and asked South Africa to play. The touring side could only manage to score 275 at the close of third day while Virat Kohli decided to put them to bat again.
The fast bowlers responded to their captain’s call with an inspired spell when they swung the new ball prodigiously with South Africa’s batsmen looking completely at sea.
South Africa had to bat two days to survive the match but the opener Aiden Markram fell cheaply in the same fashion as he went in the first innings without scoring. He became a victim of Ishant Sharma off a delivery that could have easily missed the stumps had it been reviewed.
The same was the highlight of the whole South African team who could not manage to stand against the strong Indian bowling.
Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj, who made a stand 109 in the first innings were only able to add 56 for the eighth wicket to delay India’s win before Yadav finally broke the stand when Philander edged one down the leg side to be out for 37.
Yadav and Jadeja took three wickets each for the hosts while South Africa could only manage to score 189.