India defeated South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test in Pune on Sunday to register an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. With this, India became the first-ever team to win 11 consecutive test series at home. Notably, India has lost just one of their last 26 home test series dating back to 2004.
Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on to South Africa after taking a 326-run first-innings lead in the second test. This is the first time India has enforced the follow-on to South Africa. Ishant Sharma dismissed opener Aiden Markram on second innings’ second ball. Kohli has before enforced the follow-on in six occasions, with India winning four times and two matches ending in a draw.
Umesh Yadav made an impressive comeback by picking up 6 wickets in the match. South Africa hasn’t looked good at all in the second innings given the brilliance shown in the field by the Indian Wicketkeeper Saha and the slip cordon. Once again tail-enders Philander and Maharaj showed some resistance to delay hosts triumphant after the top order rattled by some quality Indian attack.
With this victory, India has also become the first team to reach 200 points in World Test Championship after registering its biggest-ever Test victory against South Africa. India, who has won four out of their four WTC matches, leads New Zealand and Sri Lanka by 140 points. Meanwhile, South Africa has yet to open their account after losing its first two WTC matches.