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India wrap up series with thumping innings win

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.

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King Kohli puts India firmly on top on Day 2 in Pune

Virat Kohli led a record-breaking day for India as they piled up the runs on day two of the second Freedom Series Test against the Proteas at Pune on Friday and, then, in a repeat of the first match, got rid of three of the visitors’ top order before the close of play.

The Proteas closed the day on 36/3 from the 15 overs that were possible before time was called in response to India’s mammoth total of 601/5 declared.

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Agarwal, Kohli put India on top on Day 1 in Pune

Kagiso Rabada showed glimpses of returning to his best form although the Indian batsmen were again in dominant form on the opening day of the second Freedom Series Test match against the Proteas at Pune on Thursday.

They were led by Mayank Agarwal who made his second century of the series (108 off 195 balls, 16 fours and 2 sixes) and who crucially shared a stand of 138 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (58 off 112 balls, 9 fours and a six) before Virat Kohli (63 not out off 105 balls, 10 fours) put the finishing touches with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 75 with Ajinkya Rahane.

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Shami rips heart out of Proteas batting to set up series lead

Mohammed Shami produced a brilliant spell of reverse swing bowling to strike the mortal blows that earned India victory by 203 runs with more than a session to spare in the opening Test match of the Freedom Series against the Proteas at Visakhapatnam on Sunday. He dismissed Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock – the latter two in the space of three balls – who were all bowled.

With Ravi Ashwin getting rid of Theunis de Bruyn and Ravindra Jadeja then taking a brilliant one-handed return catch to dismiss Aiden Markram, the writing was on the wall at 70/6 in the 27th over.

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Elgar, De Kock score maiden Test tons in India on dominant Proteas day

Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock both scored their maiden Test centuries against India as the Proteas fought back impressively on the third day of the first Test match at Vizakhapatnam on Friday.

The fact that they both did it on the sub-continent represented an important turning point for this relatively inexperienced batting line-up as they head into an important summer that also includes a home Test series against England.

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