India crush South Africa, cruise to record series win

Brief scores: India 497/9 declared (Rohit Sharma 212, Ajinkya Rahane 115, Ravindra Jadeja 51; George Linde 4/133, Kagiso Rabada 3/85) beat South Africa 162/10 (Zubayr Hamza 62, Temba Bavuma 32; Umesh Yadav 3/40, Ravindra Jadeja 2/19, Mohammed Shami 2/22, Shahbaz Nadeem 2/22) and 133/10 (Theunis de Bruyn 30; Mohammed Shami 3/10, Shahbaz Nadeem 2/18, Umesh Yadav 2/35) by an innings and 202 runs

India vs South Africa 3rd Test 2019, key stats

  • India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs in the third Test in Ranchi, making it their biggest margin of victory against the Proteas and also giving them their first-ever Test series whitewash against South Africa
  • The foundation was laid by Rohit Sharma’s maiden Test double-century and Ajinkya Rahane’s 11th Test century, and their 267-run partnership for the fourth wicket, rescuing India from a precarious 39 for three on the first morning. Rohit was dismissed for 212 off 255 (28×4, 6×6), while Rahane fell for 115 (17×4, 1×6), but having put India in a commanding position when they were separated
  • A shoulder injury to Kuldeep Yadav on the eve of the third Test earned Shahbaz Nadeem his maiden call-up to the India Test team and he was handed his Test cap by captain Virat Kohli on the first morning. He became the 296th player to play Test cricket for India, finishing with bowling figures of four for 40 in two innings
  • With World Test Championship points (40) up for grabs despite having lost the series coming into the third and final Test, South Africa made five changes to their playing 11 from the defeat in Pune. Heinrich Klaassen and George Linde made their Test debuts, becoming the country’s 339th and 340th Test cricketers for their country
  • It was Kohli’s 31st victory as India’s Test captain, while India completed their 11th consecutive Test series win on home soil