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Proteas bowl India out cheaply on testing surface

The Proteas achieved their first objective of bowling India out cheaply on day one of the 3rd Sunfoil Freedom Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium but they well have reached the close reflecting that they could have done even better.

On a day of struggle for the batsmen India were bowled out for 187 in 77 overs to which the Proteas replied with 6 runs for the loss of Aiden Markram’s wicket in a tricky 6 overs before the close.

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Markram fit, Proteas consider all-pace attack for Wanderers green-top

Proteas opening batsman, Aiden Markram, has been passed fit for selection for the third Sunfoil Test match against India starting at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday. Markram injured his left quadricep during the 135-run win in the second match at Centurion, and was unable to field during India’s second innings.

The return of the opener brings welcome stability to the top of the order, as the selectors are once again faced with a selection conundrum for the Wanderers green-top. Captain, Faf du Plessis, says they will be keeping their ‘options open’ – including the possibility of an all-pace attack – as the Proteas look to seal a 3-0 series victory.

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Philander eyeing series whitewash against India

The Proteas are aiming for nothing less than a series whitewash ahead of the third Sunfoil Freedom Test match against India starting at the Bidvest Wanderers stadium on Wednesday. Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander, insists that the match is not a ‘dead-rubber’, but rather an opportunity to strengthen their dominance over the visitors with one eye on the ICC Test rankings.

A 3-0 series win will take the Proteas level with India at the top of the ICC Test rankings – India will remain first by a decimal point- with the four-match series against Australia in March providing an opportunity for the team to topple India by the April 3rd cut-off date.  

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Ngidi sweeps Indian resistance away with maiden sixfer

Lungi Ngidi took six wickets in an innings and four of the last seven on the final day to lead the Standard Bank Proteas to victory over India by 135 runs in the second Sunfoil Freedom Test match at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

This victory also enabled the Proteas to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series with only the final match left to be played at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium from next Wednesday.

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Lethal Lungi puts India on the rack

Lungi Ngidi turned a promising debut into a memorable one as he put India on the rack with a devastating spell of fast bowling on the fourth evening of the second Sunfoil Freedom Test match at SuperSport Park on Tuesday.

Largely as a result of Ngidi’s onslaught India reached the close on 35/3 in pursuit of a target of 287 with their kingpin, Virat Kohli, among the three batsmen already back in the pavilion.

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Virat Kohli fined for throwing the ball in anger

India captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday.

Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”

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Kohli's 85* keeps India in the game after top order crumbles again

India returned some of the largesse that the Proteas had dished out to them on day one as the two battled for first innings superiority on day two of the second Sunfoil Freedom Test match at SuperSport Park on Sunday.

India’s key initial target was to remove the remaining four Proteas first innings wickets as quickly as possible when play resumed but they made life hard for themselves as they missed two chances offered by Kagiso Rabada and one by Faf du Plessis as the latter rallied the home side’s lower order to the extent that they put on 83 runs for the last four wickets, 66 of which were scored on the second morning as Du Plessis completed 17th career half-century (63 off 142 balls, 9 fours).

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