Indian captain Virat Kohli in his 50th Test match as skipper took a big decision on Day 4 of the second Test match against South Africa as he enforced the follow-on. With a massive 326 runs first innings lead in their baggage, Virat enforced the follow-on for the seventh time in his captaincy career. Ishant Sharma proved his captain’s decision correct very soon as he removed South African opener Aiden Markram in the very first over of the innings.
Umesh and Jadeja rattle South Africa
From the other end, Umesh Yadav got the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn as wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha took a brilliant catch behind the wickets. The pair of Dean Elgar and skipper Faf du Plessis then batted sensibly for a while as they added 49 runs for the third wicket stand. However, Ravichandran Ashwin bowled excellently to send both the set batters back into the hut.
Ravindra Jadeja shattered Quinton de Kock’s stumps as South Africa suddenly collapsed to 79 for 5. After the lunch break, India removed both Senuran Muthusamy and Temba Bavuma before the duo comprising of Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj combined together to fight through for the second time in this Test match.
Both Philander and Maharaj showed remarkable resistance during the first innings where they put up an excellent century-plus stand. They continued in the second from where they left and frustrated the Indian bowlers for quite a while. The duo added 56 runs for the eighth wicket partnership before Umesh dismissed Philander for 37 runs.
While playing his first Test match since the Australia Test series, Umesh Yadav bowled very well as he also picked up the wicket of Kagiso Rabada. Jadeja got the better of Maharaj as India picked up a massive innings victory. South Africa bundled out for 189 runs in the second innings. For India, Umesh and Jadeja finished with four wickets each, while Ashwin picked up two scalps.
With this win, India have gained an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match Test series. Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Match for his fabulous unbeaten knock of 254 runs in the first innings.