Ngidi special as South Africa clinch series

SA close in on series win

SA close in on series win

The weird nature of India's response to testing conditions was perfectly summarised by Cheteshwar Pujara, who managed to get run out for the second time in the test, when so much depended on him. We have let ourselves down. "We have played with teams in the past which have looked really strong and lost", said Kohli further.

In an exchange with a reporter, Kohli was angered by questions about whether India had selected its "best" XI for the test. Kohli, who had scored a superb 153 in the first innings, was trapped lbw by a ball that stayed low and his wicket meant South Africa went into day five nearly certain of victory on a tricky pitch.

What's the best XI according to you, he asked an Indian scribe who wondered if the skipper failed to pick the right XI on what was a sub-continental pitch here at the SuperSport Park.

"The (favourite) moment for me I think was the captain's (Kohli) wicket". You are telling me that you could have played the best 11.

Ajinkya Rahane's omission and Bhuvneshwar's sackiing had left observers stunned but there was more surprise in store when Kohli, for instance, delayed taking the new ball on the penultimate day and bowled Mohammed Shami for only one over after lunch when he had taken three wickets in the first session. "I am here to answer your questions not to fight with you". "There was no sense in playing a weak team for one and a half month when we should be preparing for South Africa", said Bedi.

"It was just an all-round good team performance".

Resuming play on Day 5, South Africa had India on the mat, and Pujara and Parthiv were expected to weather the early storm.

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India, who had scored 307 runs with the help of skipper Kohli's 153 run in reply to South Africa's 335 first innings' score, were handed a 287-run target for victory in their second innings.

1 - Pujara became the first Indian to be run out twice in a Test when South Africa found him short of the mark yet again on the final day.

"Having said that, Test cricket is about which team is collectively better and as I mentioned quite a few times, South Africa collectively were a much better team than us, regardless of the pitches we played on".

There is no doubt that Ngidi would have celebrated with his team-mates long into the night on Wednesday, and given that he has gone from career-threatening injury to Test match success in less than a year, one would hope that he did. With the defeat, India's unbeaten streak of 9-series win came to an end. How many have we won? That is why we have got such a big squad.

The Indian team's demeanour towards media personnel on this South African tour has been a departure from set protocol.

Kohli's attitude has not win him many admirers. The South Africans got the upper hand from there on, with Vijay falling at a point when Rahul and he froze for close to four overs.

Lungi Ngidi is calm and level-headed in his assessment of all things cricket, while his deep understanding of the game shines through.

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