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India clinch Freedom series with an inning and 137 run victory over South Africa in Pune Test

India clinch Freedom series with an inning and 137 run victory over South Africa in Pune Test
India clinch Freedom series with an inning and 137 run victory over South Africa in Pune Test
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Team India now holds the record for maximum consecutive Test wins at home with 11 successive victories, getting past Australia's streak of 10.


Match Summary

India 601-5 dec (156.3 Overs; Kohli(c)254(336), Agarwal108(195); Rabada3/93, Maharaj1/196)

South Africa 275 (105.4 Overs; Maharaj72(132), du Plessis(c)64(117); Ashwin4/69, U Yadav3/37) & 189 (67.2 Overs; Elgar48(72), Bavuma38(63); Jadeja3/52, U Yadav3/22)

Result - India won by an innings and 137 runs

Scorecard



The Indian team management surprised a few by enforcing the follow-on the morning of day 4 of the Pune Test. The Indian bowlers, however, proved the skipper's decision right. Ishant Sharma struck first on the very second ball of the innings, dismissing Aiden Markram for naught.

Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis, who promoted himself at number four in this innings, showed some fight with a 49-run partnership but Ashwin dismissed both in quick succession to leave the South African innings struggling yet again.

With a 64-ball 38, Temba Bavuma braved it out at the crease but the following batsmen could not do the same. South Africa were reduced to 129-7 and the defeat looked imminent. However, just like the first innings, Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander joined hands for a 50+ partnership that only delayed the inevitable.



Once Umesh Yadav removed Philander, the remaining two wickets fell within four runs as India registered a win by an innings and 137 runs. The team now holds the record for maximum consecutive Test wins at home with 11 successive victories, getting past Australia's streak of 10.

Virat Kohli also became the third-most successful captain after 50 Test matches, with 30 victories. This was South Africa's first innings defeat since 2010.

India- Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami

South Africa- Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Senuran Muthusamy, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

From Cricket South Africa 

India having decided to enforce the follow on, duly wrapped up the second Freedom Series Test match by an innings and 137 runs and in the process took a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series at Pune on Sunday.

It was also India’s biggest winning margin over the Standard Bank Proteas.

It was another disappointing batting day for the Proteas as the 10 wickets were evenly divided with five going to the seamers and five to the spinners.

There were modest partnerships of 49 for the third wicket between Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis, who promoted himself to No 4, and 46 for the sixth wicket between Temba Bavuma and Senuran Muthusamy before Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj again posted the highest partnership of the innings of 56.

Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match for his double century.

The World Test Championship will give the remaining match starting on Saturday at Ranchi context in spite of the fact that the series has been decided with 40 points still up for grabs.

George Linde will replace Keshav Maharaj ahead of the third Test match

Left arm spinner George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will replace Keshav Maharaj ahead of the Standard Bank Proteas third Test match against India in Ranchi, starting on Saturday.

Maharaj sustained an injury to his right shoulder while fielding during day two of the second Test match in Pune.

A re-assessment ahead of the start of play this morning along with MRI results revealed that he will not be fit in time to play in the final Test match.

Team Doctor Ramjee Hashendra commented:

“An MRI scan revealed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was re-assess this morning, particularly with regards to bowling, and he showed significant discomfort in this latter discipline.

“Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase.”

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