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22-Oct-2019 04:41:00 GMT
Ind vs SA - 3rd Test, Ranchi, day 4

Dominant India sweep series with Another Innings Victory

Ranchi: India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs in the third and final test to complete a 3-0 series sweep in Ranchi on Tuesday.

Debutant spinner Shahbaz Nadeem claimed the last two South African wickets in successive deliveries as the visitors, asked to follow on after conceding a 335-run first innings lead, were all out for 133 in their second innings, bringing the match to an early end on the fourth day.

Theunis de Bruyn, playing as concussion substitute for Dean Elgar, topscored for the tourists with 30.

Just 12 balls into the fourth day of the Test, the already terrorised South African tailend capitulated after just adding one run to their tally, as they were bundled for 133. The Indian bowlers handed Virat Kohli the third win of the series in some style and dominance — a second successive innings win by India, having won the second Test in Pune by 137 runs and an innings.

Mohammed Shami (3-10) was pick of the Indian bowlers wrecking South Africa's top order with a three-wicket burst while Umesh Yadav and Nadeem claimed two apiece.

Brief scores:
India 497 for 9 dec (Rohit 212, Rahane 115, Linde 4-133, Rabada 3-85) beat South Africa 162 (Hamza 62, Yadav 3-40, Jadeja 2-19) and 133 (De Bruyn 30, Shami 3-10) by innings and 202 runs

Earlier, the clash for the Freedom Trophy saw a one-sided contest as the Indian bowlers scalped 16 wickets on the third day, bundling South Africa for just 162 in the first innings and then reducing the visitors to 132/8 before the play was stopped for bad light.

Chasing a massive lead of 497 in the first innings, South Africa crumbled under the seam attack of India, where Shami and Yadav combined to bag five wickets. Apart from Zubayr Hamza's promising 62, the entire batting order of the visitors was a shambles as they were all-out in just 56.2 overs.


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