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India wrap up series with thumping innings win

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INDIA, having decided to enforce the follow on, duly wrapped up the second Freedom Series Test match by an innings and 137 runs and in the process took a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series at Pune on Sunday. It was also India’s biggest winning margin over the Standard Bank Proteas.

It was another disappointing batting day for the Proteas as the 10 wickets were evenly divided with five going to the seamers and five to the spinners.

There were modest partnerships of 49 for the third wicket between Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis, who promoted himself to No 4, and 46 for the sixth wicket between Temba Bavuma and Senuran Muthusamy before Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj again posted the highest partnership of the innings of 56.

Virat Kohli was named Man of the Match for his double century.

The World Test Championship will give the remaining match starting on Saturday at Ranchi context in spite of the fact that the series has been decided with 40 points still up for grabs.