India Conquer South Africa at Kotla; Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav Help Win Series 3-0


New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin (5/61) and Umesh Yadav (3/9) fully exploited a Day 5 Feroz Shah Kotla wicket on Monday as India beat an ultra-defensive South Africa in the fourth Test in Delhi by a whopping 337 runs. India won the Test series 3-0 following wins at Mohali and Nagpur. The Bangalore match was washed out.(Scorecard | Highlights)

From 136 for five at tea, South Africa lost two wickets immediately after resumption and that included their superman AB De Villiers. Ashwin got the better of the South African ‘wall’ with a ball that bounced and turned viciously from good length. It took the edge of De Villiers’ gloves and landed at Jadeja’s hands at leg-slip.

It was a telling blow for South Africa. De Villiers had denied India for 297 balls and batted through with pain only to be undone by the vagaries of a wicket that suddenly came to life in the final session of the match. The Proteas, who had won the ODI and T20 series, thus ended their 72-day tour with a miserable Test defeat.

Pacer Umesh Yadav (3 for 9 runs) came to the party with a flurry of wickets after tea. He bowled Dave Vilas, the last of the recognized Proteas batsmen, for 13 and then castled Kyle Abbott with a fuller ball that reverse swung and broke the leg-stump into two. South Africa lost five wickets in a space of seven runs and plummeted to defeat.


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