Ngidi fires on Test debut, fires SA to series-clinching win

Scores summary: South Africa 335/10 (Aiden Markram 94, Hashim Amla 82, Faf du Plessis 63; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/113, Ishant Sharma 3/46) and 258/10 (AB de Villiers 80, Dean Elgar 61; Mohammed Shami 4/49, Jasprit Bumrah 3/70) beat India 307/10 (Virat Kohli 153; Morne Morkel 4/60) and 151/10 (Lungi Ngidi 6/39, Kagiso Rabada 3/47)

Statistical highlights

  • Virat Kohli held the Indian innings together in the first innings by scoring 153 off 217 balls, his runs contributing to 49.83 per cent of the team’s runs. This was his 21st Test century and 14th as skipper.
  • Playing his 29th Test match, Mohammed Shami reached 100 wickets in Test cricket with the wicket of Keshav Maharaj in South Africa’s first innings. He is the seventh Indian fast bowler to get to this landmark, behind Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Karsan Gavri, Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan.
  • Lungi Ngidi’s 6/39 in the Indian second innings is the seventh-best by a South Africa bowler on Test debut. In all, Ngidi took seven wickets for a mere concession of 90 runs and deservedly won the man of the match award for the same.
  • This defeat meant that India’s quest for a Test series win on South African soil continues, having toured the Rainbow Nation seven times since 1992.
  • Virat Kohli suffered his first-ever series loss as Indian captain.

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