India took just nine minutes on day four to wrap up the third and final Test against South Africa and complete a first-ever 3-0 series whitewash over the Proteas with an innings and 202-run victory on Tuesday.
Resuming at 8-132 in their second innings, South Africa added one run off 10 balls before debutant Shahbaz Nadeem took the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries to give India a record victory over South Africa.
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In the second over of the day, Nadeem (2-18) had concussion substitute batsman Theunis de Bruyn (30) caught behind.
Next ball, he caught Lungi Ngidi in freakish fashion after the ball ricocheted off non-striker Anrich Nortje.
Ngidi smashed a straight drive directly at an unsuspecting Nortje, the ball crashing into his hand before bobbing in the air straight to Nadeem.
“What a bizarre end to a Test match,” one commentator said on Star Sports.
Fans were stunned by the bizarre dismissal, many saying they’d never seen one quite like it.
Ngidi smashing the ball into non-striker Nortje for Shahbaz Nadeem to take a return catch.— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) October 22, 2019
Morbidly comic, just how the series has gone against South Africa - ☑️
Heartwarming, with debutant Nadeem getting the wicket - ☑️
Apt way to end. #INDvSA
#INDvSA Oh my word. What a way to end.— Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) October 22, 2019
Ngidi smashes the ball into Nortje, it deflects and is caught by bowler Nadeem
SA 133 all out.
India win by an innings and 202 runs, for a white wash series victory.
Never seen that before! Hope Nortje is ok after Ngidi clattered him with the ball at the non-striker's end and popping up for a dolly return catch for Nadeem. Weirdly sums up South Africa's entire series. India still dominant at home and can't see much to stop them.. #INDvSA— Jonny (@Leathernwillow) October 22, 2019
One of the most bizarre dismissals I have ever seen..Ngidi c Shabaz Nadeem(helped of the hand by Nortje and b Shabaz Nadeem...Sad end for SA..They have been obliterated this Test series..Great work by the fast bowlers..Are we having the best fast bowling quartet in the world rn— Vishnu (@vingystryker) October 22, 2019
Unbelievable. Game ends, Ngidi smashes the ball back at non-striker Nortje, it rebounds off him, bowler takes the catch. India win by an innings and 202 runs. Win series 3-0.— stuart hess (@shockerhess) October 22, 2019
Nadeem picks up two in two, and that will be it! Ngidi falls caught and bowled from a rebound off Nortje at the non-striker's end. Extraordinary end to an extraordinary series for India! #INDvSA https://t.co/tT7x3wvY3y pic.twitter.com/J4LmfmsKzL— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) October 22, 2019
The dismissal of Ngidi is the most bizarre ones I have seen in the recent times in international cricket! Poor Nortje! #INDvsSA— Nishant Bhagat (@The_First_Ray) October 22, 2019
Ngidi was the last man out but i think he has dismissed Nortje as well!!— Aaditya Aggarwal (@madaddie24) October 22, 2019
A humiliating tour of India ends for South Africa with the hosts winning 3-0.— VishaLL Kalwani (@IamVishaLL) October 22, 2019
1st Test - IND won by 203 runs
2nd Test - IND won by inns & 137 runs
3rd Test - IND won by inns & 202 runs
Across three Tests, IND lost 25 wkts and RSA 60.
Totally outplayed.#INDvRSA @imVkohli
India run rampant over hapless Proteas
Umesh Yadav finished with 3-40, while Mohammed Shami (2-22) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-19) picked up a brace each.
"The whole team had (an) amazing mind set throughout," said Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
"It has been a brilliant series for us. To be the best side in the world, you need to be multi-dimensional. "
"Spin was always an asset for us and batting was never a problem. Fast bowling was very good and we held our catches well. It's great to operate in such a manner."
India scored 9(dec)-497 in their first innings, on the back of Rohit Sharma's 212, his maiden Test double hundred, and Ajinkya Rahane's century as part of a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership.
Sharma finished with 529 runs in the series, with three hundreds. It was the highest aggregate for an Indian batsman against South Africa in a Test series.
South Africa was then bowled out for 162 runs with India, for the second consecutive Test, enforcing the follow-on.
The tourists slim hopes of salvaging anything from this series were effectively dashed as India's seamers again dismantled its batting order to have the Proteas at 8-132 when bad light stopped play Monday.
It was South Africa's joint third-biggest innings' defeat in Test cricket, and second consecutive loss by more than an innings. The last time South Africa lost two consecutive Tests by an innings margin was against Australia in 1935-36.
"Be it in batting, bowling or even fielding, we were dominated across the series," said Proteas' skipper Faf du Plessis. "The mindset was to be prepared for the spin attack. But the pitches were fantastic and India's seamers were outstanding throughout the series."
India won the first Test in Visakhapatnam by 203 runs, before victory by an innings and 167 runs in the second Test in Pune gave them an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the series.