IND VS SA 2019 (3 Test Series)
The first test was held in Vizag, where India, though putting up big scores, did not perform well as a batting unit. Both the innings were driven by individual performances by Mayank (215) and Rohit (176) in the first innings, and Rohit (127) and Pujara (81) in the second.
The bowling was led by Ashwin and Jadeja, but a few wickets were taken by the others too, and Shami achieved a fifer in the second innings. The Proteas seemed to follow India’s policy in batting and bowling.
Hence, it was a matter of whose individual performances were better, and it was in the last innings that South Africa fell short while chasing, although Muthusamy (49) and Piedt (56) tried to alter the situation.
The second test was in the Oxford of the East, and it was a run-fest from India’s point of view. In the first innings, Kohli achieved his highest test score to date, Mayank got a hundred, Jaddu came close to one, and Pujara and Rahane scored the fifties.
It was a group effort and a really good one at that. All the Protean bowlers were expensive, and Rabada was the only one who must have provided them with some solace. India didn’t get to bat again, as this total alone proved too much for the South African team, as they lost the match while following on. And Yadav, Shami, and Jadeja were the main people behind this.
The third and final test took place in Captain Cool’s home ground, and this one too was similar to the second test. India batted once, scoring nearly 500, mainly due to centuries from the Mumbai lads Rohit and Rahane, with a little support given from Jaddu.
This time, South Africa bowled a lot better, with Rabada and Linde coming to the fore. Their batting, however, was still in a mess – they just couldn’t perform together as a unit. India’s bowlers, however, performed as a unit, each contributing a little. In the end, India won the match as well as the series 3-0.
India’s batting at the beginning of the series was driven by individual performances, but they turned around and started performing as a unit from the second test. Their bowling, again, was strife with contributions from everyone. Hence, it was a good series for India, but, from my point of view, this was not their best.