India create massive record against South Africa in Tests

Despite not making an impact with the ball Maharaj put up a fight with the bat on day 3 for South Africa

Despite not making an impact with the ball Maharaj put up a fight with the bat on day 3 for South Africa

India win by an innings and 137 runs, sealing the series against South Africa and maintaining their 100% World Test Championship record.

India's run of consecutive Test series wins at home began with victory over Australia in February 2013.

The last time the world's top-ranked Test side lost a series at home was in 2012-13 when England beat them 2-1.

Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj, who were responsible for giving some respectability to South Africa in the first innings, once again batted better than the team's established batsmen and made 37 and 22 respectively.

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With the visitors trailing by 326 after the first innings, India enforced the follow-on and removed opener Aiden Markram for a second-ball duck.

After a long discussion with non-striker Elgar, Markram didn't opt for the review but TV replays clearly showed the ball was missing the leg-stump.

On the third morning during South African first innings, poor Theunis de Bruyn (8) had suffered trying to play an expansive cover drive off Umesh Yadav (1/14 off 5 overs) that Saha had plucked from thin air in-front of the first slip.

The skipper Faf du Plessis then came to bat and played steadily along with Elgar.Both formed a 49-run partnership before Ravichandran Ashwin got hold of Du Plessis (5).

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Ashwin struck again in his next over when Elgar miscued a lofted shot to be caught at mid off for 48.

Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock were the next batsmen but the latter was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, putting the host under huge pressure.

Yadav and Jadeja took three wickets each for the hosts. India scored a mammoth 601 for five in their first innings with captain Virat Kohli leading the side with a record-breaking double century. We laid down a few things and are all lucky to have this group of players. "It's fantastic to see that hunger and passion for all the guys to keep improving", Virat Kohli said after the win.

"He's taken that risk, which a lot of other captains have not been able to take".

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"As a captain you are trying to think of ways, how you can change little field placements, bowlers but he was too good", Du Plessis said of Kohli. From then it's playing catch-up.

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