India v South Africa: Virat Kohli's side complete series whitewash

Virat Kohli celebrates India's victory
Virat Kohli celebrates India's victory

India completed a comprehensive 3-0 series whitewash over South Africa after quickly wrapping up the third Test on the fourth morning in Ranchi.


First Test: Scorecard

India first innings: 497/9 declared (Sharma 212, Rahane 115, Jadeja 51; Linde 4-133)

South Africa first innings: 162 all out (Hamza 62; Yadav 3-40, Jadeja 2-19, Shami 2-22)

South Africa second innings (following on): 133 all out (Shami 3-10, Nadeem 2-18, Yadav 2-35)


Day four report

India completed a comprehensive 3-0 series whitewash over South Africa after quickly wrapping up the third Test on the fourth morning in Ranchi.

The hosts needed just 12 balls to take the final two wickets they required as they ran out victors by an innings and 202 runs.

South Africa, having been made to follow-on, started the penultimate morning on 132 for eight but were only able to add one leg bye to their tally before India debutant Shahbaz Nadeem wrapped things up with wickets off successive balls.

The slow left-armer had Theunis De Bruyn caught by behind by Wriddhiman Saha for 30 before snapping up a remarkable return catch off Lungi Ngidi, which came after the batsman had smashed the ball into team-mate Anrich Nortje at the non-striker's end.

India won the first two Tests by 203 runs and an innings and 137 runs, respectively, as they claimed an 11th successive home Test series triumph.

Day three report

India moved to the brink of a 3-0 series whitewash as South Africa's batting woes continued on the third day of the final Test in Ranchi.

The Proteas were skittled for 162 in their first innings and then slumped to 132 for eight in their follow-on - still trailing by 203 runs - with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav excelling again with the ball.

Having lost Faf Du Plessis in the first over of the day to slip to 16 for three as they replied to India's mammoth 497 for nine, South Africa steadied the ship courtesy of a 91-run stand between Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma.

But Hamza went for a career-best 62 and his dismissal triggered a collapse of seven wickets for 55 runs.

Stuck in again by Virat Kohli, the tourists were soon 36 for five as Shami and Yadav struck before George Linde and Dane Piedt provided slight resistance with 27 and 23 respectively.

Theunis De Bruyn, a concussion replacement for Dean Elgar after the opener was struck by a Yadav bouncer, then delayed the inevitable with an unbeaten 30 to take the match into a fourth day.

Day two report

Rohit Sharma completed a double-century and Ajinkya Rahane hit a hundred as India took full control of the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi.

Opener Rohit turned his overnight 117 into 212, taking his tally for the series past 500, and Rahane made 115, his 11th Test ton, in a fourth-wicket stand of 267.

Ravindra Jadeja also weighed in with 51 while Umesh Yadav blasted 31 off 10 balls to lift India to 497 for nine when skipper Virat Kohli declared.

Already 2-0 down in the series, South Africa's hopes of avoiding a whitewash were dealt a huge blow when they lost two wickets in the first two overs of their reply.

Mohammed Shami had Dean Elgar caught behind and Quinton De Kock went in identical fashion to Yadav to leave the Proteas nine for two when bad light brought a premature end to the second day.

Day one report

Opener Rohit Sharma scored another century to help India recover after a poor start against South Africa on day one of the third Test in Ranchi.

Proteas paceman Kagiso Rabada had earlier claimed two wickets as India, who won the toss and elected to bat, were left on 71 for three at lunch.

Opener Mayank Agarwal was out for 10 and Cheteshwar Pujara was trapped leg before for a nine-ball duck before captain Virat Kohli (12) was lbw to Anrich Nortje, a review turned down on umpire's call.

Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, though, steadied the ship before pushing forwards into the afternoon session.

The India opener went on to make a third century of the series, a sixth Test hundred moving him level with former captains captains MAK Pataudi and MS Dhoni.

When play was eventually halted early by bad light after 58 overs, India, who have an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, were 224 without further loss.

Sharma was unbeaten at 117, with 14 boundaries as well as four sixes, while Rahane was 83 not out.

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