Virat Kohli hits 7th double hundred, India crush South Africa

Brief scores: India 601/5declared (Virat Kohli 254*, Mayank Agarwal 108, Ravindra Jadeja 91 Ajinkya Rahane 59, Cheteshwar Pujara 58; Kagiso Rabada 3/93) beat South Africa 275/10 (Keshav Maharaj 72, Faf du Plessis 64, Vernon Philander 44*; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/69, Umesh Yadav 3/37) and 189/10 (follow-on) (Dean Elgar 48, Temba Bavuma 38, Vernon Philander 37; Umesh Yadav 3/22, Ravindra Jadeja 3/52) by an innings and 137 runs

India vs South Africa 2nd Test 2019, key stats

  • Virat Kohli made his seventh Test double century, an unbeaten 254, that helped India pile on 601 for five declared and lay the foundation for what would eventually be another big-margin win, this time by an innings and 137 runs. Kohli, though, walked in with India in a relatively comfortable position courtesy of the stability provided by opening batsman Mayank Agarwal, who went on to make his second Test hundred (108)
  • Captaining India for the 50th time in Test cricket, Kohli registered his 30th win, the third-most number of wins for a captain after 50 Tests. Ricky Ponting (35) and Steve Waugh (37) are the only two captains with more wins after 50 Tests than Kohli.
  • This win gave India an unassailable two-nil lead in the three-match Test series. It was their 11th consecutive Test series win on home soil, bettering the record of 10 consecutive Test series wins for Australia under Ponting and Steve Waugh
  • Keshav Maharaj made his maiden Test half-century (a 132-ball 72) and he shared a 109-run partnership with Vernon Philander in South Africa’s first innings, helping them recover from 162 for eight before eventually being bowled out for 275, conceding a 326-run first-innings lead to India

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