India sealed the three-match Test series against South Africa after winning the second Test at Pune by an innings and 137 runs. After winning the toss, India scored 601/5 in their first innings before their declaration. In reply, the visitors were bundled out on 275 runs in their first innings.
Leading by 326 runs, the hosts enforced the follow-on on South Africa. The visitors only managed to score 189 runs.
Brief Scores: India – 601/5 decl. (Virat Kohli 254*, Mayank Agarwal 108; Kagiso Rabada 3/93)
South Africa – 275 (Keshav Maharaj 72, Faf du Plessis 64; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/69) & 189 (Dean Elgar 48, Temba Bavuma 38; Umesh Yadav 3/22)
Result – India won by an innings & 137 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:
i) The hosts India declared their first innings on 601/5. It is the third-highest Test total for India against South Africa. Their top two highest totals in this list are 643/6 decl. at Kolkata in February 2010 and 627 at Chennai in March 2008.
ii) India won this match by an innings and 137 runs. It was the second time when India beat South Africa in a Test match by an innings. During the Kolkata Test in February 2010, India beat South Africa by an innings and 57 runs. Moreover, it is the largest Test victory (by innings) for any team during the Test between India and South Africa. The previous record was South Africa won by an innings and 90 runs against India at Ahmedabad in April 2008.
iii) With this victory, India have secured this three-match Test series by leading it 2-0 with one to go. It is the 11th successive home Test series victory for India. They are the first team to win 11 home Test series. Australia were the previous record holder as they won 10 consecutive home Test series and that too for twice (November 1994 to November 2008 and July 2004 to November 2008).
i) The visiting side South Africa was enforced the follow-on. After July 2008 (against England at Lord’s Test), it was the first time in Test cricket history when a team enforced the follow-on on South Africa. Meanwhile, it was also the first time in Test cricket history when India enforced the follow-on on South Africa.
i) It was the 50th Test match for Virat Kohli as an Indian Test captain. After MS Dhoni (60 Tests), Kohli became the second Indian captain to lead India in 50 or more Test matches.
ii) Indian captain Virat Kohli became the first Test captain to register nine 150+ scores. Kohli surpassed Sir Donald Bradman (Australia) who was the previous record holder with eight 150+ scores as Test captain.
iii) Virat Kohli also slammed his seventh Test double-century and it was the most Test double-centuries by an Indian batsman. Former Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag are in the next positions of this list with six Test double-centuries.
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iv) Virat Kohli’s 254 not out was the highest individual score in an innings by an Indian Test captain. The previous record was 243 runs by Virat Kohli (against Sri Lanka at Delhi in December 2017). Also, it was the seventh-highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman against any team and second-highest individual score in a Test innings by an Indian batsman against South Africa (highest was 319 runs by Virender Sehwag).
v) In his 138th Test innings, Virat Kohli completed his 7,000 Test runs (7,054 runs). The right-handed batsman became the third-fastest Indian batsman (according to Test innings) and joint fourth-fastest international batsman (according to Test innings) to score 7,000 Test runs.
vi) Virat Kohli (21,024 runs) completed his 21,000 international runs in 392 international matches. It is the fastest 21,000 international runs (according to the number of matches) for a batsman. Brian Lara (West Indies) was the previous record-holder as he achieved this feat in 396 international matches.
i) Indian pacer Umesh Yadav had the match bowling figures of 21-5-59-6. It was the second-best home Test match bowling figures by an Indian pacer against South Africa. The record is 31-11-68-8 by Javagal Srinath at Ahmedabad in November 1996.
i) The South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj (100 wickets) completed his 100th Test wicket in 27 Tests. After the former off-spinner Hugh Tayfield (completed 100 Test wickets in 22 Tests), Maharaj became the second-fastest South African spinner to claim 100 Test wickets. Meanwhile, Keshav Maharaj became the fifth South African spinner to claim 100 Test wickets.