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Ngidi picks six as South Africa wrap up series win against India

Lungi Ngidi celebrating the wicket of Hardik Pandya on day five
Lungi Ngidi celebrating the wicket of Hardik Pandya on day five

South Africa 335 & 258 (de Villiers 80) beat
India 307 & 151 (Ngidi 6-39) by 135 runs
Second Test, Centurion, day five

Lungisani Ngidi impressed with a six-wicket haul as South Africa bowled out India for 151 runs in the final innings to complete a 135-run victory in the second Test in Centurion on the final day, thereby completing a 2-0 series victory.

The result has also broken India's nine series-winning streak as they failed to show any resilience on the final day.

This series win by South Africa was not a surprise to most cricket fans following recent Test match series where there has been little acclimatization and practice before the Test matches get underway. Australia thumped England in the recent Ashes series and most punters would have been on an Australia win over England with odds at www.bookiesbettingoffers.co.uk all favouring a home side win for them and South Africa in this series.

India started the day with a score of 35 for three, chasing a target of 277 runs to win the game. They were dealt an early blow when Cheteshwar Pujara (19) was run out while searching for a third run. This was also his second run out in the game.

The visitors' hope were dented further when Morne Morkel (0-10) pulled out a stunning catch to dismiss Parthiv Patel (19) to give Kagiso Rabada (3-47) his second wicket and Ngidi (6-39) got his first wicket of the day when Hardik Pandya (6) nicked one to the keeper.

The innings sunk further when Ravichandran Ashwin (3) was also caught behind following which Rohit Sharma (47) and Mohammad Shami (28) decided to counterattack with a 54-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Rohit had struck six boundaries and a six but was brilliantly taken by AB de Villiers at deep fine leg off Rabada. Ngidi cleaned up the final two wickets of Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (2) to complete a six-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 151.

For his brilliance with the ball, Ngidi was also awarded the man of the match award as South Africa have claimed a 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-game series.

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