Published On: Wed, Jan 17th, 2018

25 years and counting: India’s dismal record in South Africa continues

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India’s quest for a series win in South Africa in 25 years is set to increase even more after the hosts handed team India a 135 run thrashing in the second test.

Lungi Ngidi’s sensational debut led South Africa to a memorable 135-run victory in the second Test at Centurion Park on Thursday. 21-year-old Ngidi’s figures of 6/39 in the second innings, which was also the sixth best for South Africa on debut, left the Indian batsmen gasping for breath as they were succumbed for 151 in the last innings to help South Africa clinch the Freedom Series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. With this India’s run of nine series win also came to a grinding halt.

Cheteshwar Pujara becomes first Indian batsmen to be run out in both innings of a test

Cheteshwar Pujara is not known to take quick singles and India got off to the worst possible start in the Day 5 morning when overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was run out for 19. Thus becoming the first Indian batsman ever to be run out in both innings of a Test match.

India could not recover from the reverse and collapsed spectacularly. Ngidi, who had claimed one wicket in the first innings, was practically unplayable in the second and made early breakthroughs on Day 4, when he claimed KL Rahul and the crucial wicket of skipper Virat Kohli.

He was back in action on Wednesday morning and took care of Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah

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