India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs

Despite not making an impact with the ball Maharaj put up a fight with the bat on day 3 for South Africa

Despite not making an impact with the ball Maharaj put up a fight with the bat on day 3 for South Africa

India had declared their innings for 601/5 in their first innings with captain Virat Kohli leading the charge with a double century.

India extend their lead over New Zealand at the top of the ICC World Test Championship, with four wins from four.

Replying to India's mammoth first innings total of 601-5 declared, the touring side were all out for 275 at the close of third day's play on Saturday and Kohli chose to put them in again.

The Proteas got bundled for just 275 runs in the first innings of the match as Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander put up a fight at the end with a 109-run partnership.

During the fourth day of the fourth Test of the ongoing South Africa's tour of India in Pune, India wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha justified his selection over Rishabh Pant with first-rate wicket-keeping skills to dismiss South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

"We are lucky to have the group of players we have in the last three-four years".

"In the last three to four years it's wonderful to see the hunger in this group to keep improving". "No one's going to relax at any stage, that's a guarantee".




"As a captain you are trying to think of ways, how you can change little field placements, bowlers but he was too good", Du Plessis said of Kohli.

"The way India batted, especially Virat with 250, it takes a lot of mental toughness".

"The batsmen were weak on mindset for fielding so long". From then it's playing catch-up.

SOUTH AFRICA (1st Innings) 275 (K.A. Maharaj 72, F. du Plessis 64; R. Ashwin 4-69, U.T. Yadav 3-37). The 31-year-old is now the leading wicket-taker of the three-match series with 14 scalps at 21.64 followed by teammate Ravindra Jadeja (10) and Mohammed Shami (8).

RESULT: India won by an innings and 137 runs to lead three-match series 2-0.

TV UMPIRE: R.K. Illingworth (England).

Virat Kohli set up a flawless stage for the men in blue with his masterful 254 notout, a record seventh double ton which helped India put up 601/5, following the win, Gautam Gambhir eulogised Kohli's captaincy and justified what makes him different from ex-captains.

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