The 3-0 scoreline was not only an indicator of India's absolute dominance but also the decline in standard of South African cricket as they couldn't handle the might of India's batting and the fiery India pace attack lead by Mohammed Shami (13 wickets in the series)
Ranchi: India needed just two overs on the fourth day to thrash South Africa by an innings and 202 runs in the third and final Test of the Freedom Series (Gandhi-Mandela Trophy). With this massive win on Tuesday (October 22), the Virat Kohli-led team completed a 3-0 whitewash.
Right through the three-match rubber, India dominated. They collected 120 points and remain on top of the ICC World Test Championship table with 240 points.
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The scoreline was not only an indicator of India's absolute dominance but also the decline in standard of South African cricket as they couldn't handle the might of India's batting and the fiery India pace attack lead by Mohammed Shami (13 wickets in the series).
Debutant Shahbaz Nadeem (2/18 in 6 overs) wrapped it up in the second over of the day as South Africa were all out for 133 in their second innings, 30 runs short of their dismal first innings score of 162.
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This is India's sixth clean sweep at home in a three-Test series and India didn't put a foot wrong during the three-match series winning the first Test by 203 runs and the second one by an innings and 137 runs.
If Rohit Sharma's coming of age in his new role as an opener with 529 runs, turned out to be a masterstroke in home conditions, Mayank Agarwal also consolidated his place in the side with a double century and a ton, easing India's long time opening woes.
"I was very happy to make my debut in Australia and make little contributions to the team. It's hard work over a period of many areas," Agarwal said after the match.
Rohit Sharma was declared Man-of-the-match and Man-of-the-series. “I'm thankful for the opportunity to the management for that opening slot. I can take a lot of positives about how to counter the new ball. The new ball is always a threat, and to be able to counter that will be a huge positive. I can take my game forward from that,” Rohit said.
Look who's here 😍 pic.twitter.com/whS24IK4Ir— BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2019
(With inputs from PTI)
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Last Updated 22, Oct 2019, 1:34 PM