2ND TEST MATCH AT CENTURION PARK, GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa 335 (Markram 94 Amla 82 du Plessis 63Ashwin 4-113) & 258 (de Villiers 80 Elgar 61Shami 4-49)
India 307 (Kohli 153Morkle 4-60) & 151 (Ngidi 6-39)
SOUTH AFRICAWIN BY 135 RUNS
SOUTH AFRICALEAD THE SERIES 2-0
The bowling of Lungisani Ngidi was the difference for South Africa as the claimed series victory over India with a game to spare at Centurion Park. The first innings was fairly even. Aiden Makram (94) and Hashim Amla (82) top scored in South Africa’s 335. India fell just short in reply with 307 led by a superb 153 by captain Virat Kohli. South Africa then sent the visitors 286 to win as AB de Villiers with 80 was the top scorer in the hosts second innings.
In search of victory India got off to a bad start and when Kagiso Rabada got Kohli out India were struggling at 26-3 with their most likely man to lead them to victory gone. From there Ngidi took over taking 6 second innings wickets as scoreboard pressure led to Indian mistakes. Fittingly Ngidi took the final wicket to complete a 135 run win and an impressive series victory over a very good Indian side.
1ST TEST MATCH AT NEWLANDS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa 286 (de Villiers 65 du Plessis 62Kumar 4-87) & 130
India 209 (Kumar 93) & 135 (Philander 6-42)
SOUTH AFRICAWIN BY 72 RUNS
SOUTH AFRICALEAD THE SERIES 1-0
Vernon Philander bowled South Africa to an unlikely win on a pitch where bowling won the day and batting proved difficult. The key to the hosts being able to post 286 in the first innings was a 114 partnership between AB de Villiers (65) and Faf du Plessis (62) who steadied the ship after a disastrous start where Inda had them 12-3 early on. India scored 209 in reply with Bhvneshwar Kumar top scoring with 92, having taken four wickets with the ball.
Kumar was the only Indian to come out of the game with any credit. South Africa only scored 130 in their second innings meaning India only need 207 to win. But on a deteriorating pitch it was too much. Philander’s excellent spell, taking 6 wickets, led the hosts bowling attack to skittle India out for just 130, a 72 run win that would have been a lot more but for Kumar. Unless the visitors batting steps up, this could be a long tour for the Indians.
The first ever day-night test in England proved a straight forward affair for the hosts as West Indies totally collapsed as the games was a one sided affair. England put a big total of 514 on the board with Alaistair Cook scoring a brilliant 243 and captain Joe Root piling on the misery with a 136 of his own. Royston Chase took four wickets for the visitors whose problems were only just starting.
England bowled them all out for 168 with Jermaine Blackwood’s 79 Not out the only resistance. England enforced the follow on and the West Indies second innings was even worse as Stuart Broad took three wickets and nobody scored more than 40. The visitors collapsed to 137 all out as England took 19 wickets in a single day. With two more tests a whitewash already looks on the cards in what appears on this evidence a total mismatch.
Stand Alone Test Match – India v Bangladesh in Hyderabad
Batting Masterclass sees India to easy win
India reinforced their status as currently the top Test side in the world easily dispatching Bangladesh in Hyderabad.They took full advantage of the best of the batting conditions as Virat Kohli led the way with 204 with Murali Vijay (108) and Wriddhiman Saha (106 Not Out) all grabbing centuries as India posted a huge 687. Bangladesh replied with 388 and despite the huge deficit captain Mushfique Rahim played a fine innings himself top scoring with 127.India did not enforce the follow on adding another 157 helped by a quickfire 54 not out from Cheteshwar Pujara. Bangladesh fell away in their second innings. The were bowled out for 250 as Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets aiding India to finish the contest with a comfortable 208 run victory. India have won seven of their last eight test matches.
2nd Test in Christchurch – New Zealand v Bangladesh
Eight wickets for Southee as Bangladesh collapse
New Zealand have wrapped up a 2-0 series win with a comfortable 9 Wicket win in Christchurch. Bangladesh batted first posting 289 with Soumya Sarker top scoring on 89, Tim Southee took five wickets and Trent Boult four to ensure a 300 plus score was not on the cards. In reply New Zealand move in front as Henry Nichols fell just short of his century falling on 98 in a total of 354. Bangladesh second innings was a sense of deja vu as they collapsed as they did in the first test being bowled out for just 173 as Southee took three more wickets for a total of eight in the game.Needing just 111 to win, Tom Latham with 41 not out steered New Zealand home for the loss of just one wicket showing yet again how tough to beat the Black Caps are on home soil.
Kenya comfortably defeated Hong Kong in a one off test match in Tatu City. Darwin Mukidza was able to dominate with the boot as the forwards had them on the front foot from the start and Mukidza opened the scoring with a penalty. Joseph Kangethe and Tony Ownor added tries as Kenya led 20-3 at the break. Mukidza scored and converted another try in the second half to increase the lead. Hugo Stiles got a late consolation try for Hong Kong but it was a deserved win for Kenya with Mukidza scoring 19 points for the home side who try and build a team to take on Namibia in future African Championships.
England failed to win their home series with Pakistan as the visitors fought back at the Oval in the final match to earn a 2-2 draw. England began well enough putting 328 on the board with 108 for Moeen Ali. However a brilliant knock of 218 from Younis Khan set Pakistan up to post a huge 542, Asad Shafiq backed up Kahn with 109.England struggled in the second innings with Asad Shah taking 5 wickets and Jonny Bairstow’s 81 the only score of note leaving Pakistan a target of just 42. Azhar Ali (30) and Sami Aslam (12) got them home with the loss of single wicket to coast to a 10 Wicket victory to end the series on a high going into the one day games.