Pretoria – The second Test Match of the Freedom Series took place in Centurion’s Supersport Park.
The Test Match brought forward a lot of continued concerns with regards to the pitch conditions which favoured the visitors. All those concerns were set aside by the prolific bowling of debutant Lungi Ngidi and number one bowler in test cricket, Kagiso Rabada.
“I was very concerned when I got here leading up to the test match, as the pitch didn’t look like the Centurion that I know.” Said Faf Du Plessis “I believe that this was an opportunity that we missed, we can blame the groundsman but I feel that we need to take collective responsibility going forward.”
The two African bowlers ripped through the Indian batting order with Ngidi taking 6/39 including the prized wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rabada taking 3 for 47. Ngidi took seven wickets overall in the test match with Rabada and Morne Morkel taking 4 wickets each in the test match.
“It really is an honour when people appreciate what you do and it is hard to describe but it really is a blessing.” Said Debutant Lungi Ngidi “Getting the Kohli wicket was a very special moment as I felt like I had worked very hard and had figured out a game plan for bowling to him.”
Kohli was the standout batsman for the visitors scoring 153 runs from 217 balls with Vijay contributing 46 runs in the first innings. Ultimately India failed to put together any meaningful partnerships in their second innings, which Kohli alluded to as the course of their downfall.
South Africa won the match on day five by 135 and ended India’s nine-series winning streak.
South Africa have clinched a 2 – 0 Series win with the third and final Test to be played at the Wanderers on the 24th of January – play starts at 10am.