The Proteas took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3 test Freedom series against India at Supersport Park in Centurion when they won the second test by 135 runs.
India were dismissed for 151 in persude of 286 for victory. Debutant Lungi Ngidi claimed figures of 6/39 to take the man of the match honours at his home ground. He was ably assisted by Kagiso Rabada who ended with 3/47.
The 21 year old Ngidi started the rot late on day 4 when he dismissed Indian captain and linchpin, Virat Kohli lbw for 5. Kohli reviewed the decision but to no avail. India then started day 5 in the worst possible way when their other star batsman, Chetashwar Pujara, was run out.
Parthiv Patel played a Vernon Philander delivery down towards the third man boundary and the pair set off and completed two runs. Ngidi gave chase from backward point, slid and pulled the ball back just before it reached the boundary rope to AB de Villiers who gave chase from the slip cordon. It was at this moment when Pujara bizzarely decided to take a third run. de Villiers picked up, turned and threw to Quinton de Kock who gathered the ball on the half volley and broke the stumps just before Pujara could make his ground. He was sent packing after numerous (needless) slow mo’s showed he was just short.
Patel (19) was next to go when he was brilliantly caught by Morne Morkel after attempting a hook shot off Kagiso Rabada. The “kameelperd” looking Morkel ran far and dived to his right and took the ball inches above the ground to take a spectacular catch. He then went on a wild, almost Imran Tahir-esque celebration to the great delight of his teammates.
Ngidi then had Hardik Pandya (6) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3) caught behind by de Kock before Rohit Sharma (47) and Mohammed Shami (28) shared a run-a-ball 50 partnership. The elegant Sharma hit 6 fours and a 6 before he was dismissed by Rabada.
Ngidi then had Shami caught at mid on to claim his maiden five-for in test match cricket before he ended the match when Jasprit Bumrah was neatly caught by Philander in the covers to end with figures of 12.2-3-39-6, the fourth best bowling performance by a South African on debut since readmission in 1992.
The third and final test match begins at the Wanderers on Wednesday.
* Meanwhile, Aiden Markram picked up a thigh injury in the Centurion test and is a doubtful starter for Johannesburg. If he’s not fit, it’s likely that either Temba Bavuma or Theunis de Bruyn will open the batting with Dean Elgar. Bavuma was released to play for the Cape Cobras in the Momentum One Day Cup whilst de Bruyn fielded in Markram’s place in the second innings. At the time of writing Bavuma was just out at Newlands (bowled by Marchant de Lange) for 65 (8×4, 75balls).
Best bowling performance by a Protea on debut since readmission.
1. Lance Klusener 8/64 vs India 1996
2. Kyle Abbott 7/29 vs Pakistan 2013
3. Marchant de Lange 7/81 vs Sri Lanka 2011
4. Lungi Ngidi 6/39 vs India 2018
5, Vernon Philander 5/15 vs Australia 2011
6. Charl Langeveldt 5/46 vs England 2005