New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Team India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs on Tuesday to win the third test played at JSCA stadium in Ranchi. The day began with Proteas at 132/8, who added just 1 more run to the scorecard before getting all out.

South Africa were completely outplayed in the match as they were all out for 162 runs and 133 runs first and their second innings respectively. In the second innings, the top five batsmen even failed to reach double figures (expect Elgar). Theunis de Bruyn's 30 and George Linde, Dane Piedt score of 20s in the lower order helped the visitors past three figures. Skipper Faf du Plessis and star player Quinton de Kock were dismissed in single digits in both the innings.

Zubayr Hamza scored the highest score (62) for the Proteas in this match. Temba Bavuma and George Linde contributed in their 30s in their first innings in which SA were all out for 162 runs. For India, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav claimed five wickets each in the match while debutant Shahbaz Nadeem scalped four wickets in both innings combined.

As a result, India claimed a 3-0 clean sweep over Proteas.

 

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Earlier, India had won the toss and opted to bat first on the opening day of the third Test. The hosts scored 497/9 before declaring their first innings. Rohit Sharma's maiden Test double century (212) and Ajinkya Rahane's eleventh Test hundred were the main highlights of the match.

Rohit scored 212 runs off 255 balls that included 28 fours and six sixes. His innings was filled with a mix of caution and aggression. He scored 138 runs in boundaries off 34 deliveries and scored the rest of his 74 runs off 221 balls. Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand, took 192 balls to score 115 runs.

Together the duo shared a partnership of 267 runs for the fourth wicket and took the game away from the opposition after the visitors had reduced India at 39/3 in the opening session of day one. Ravindra Jadeja too had contributed to India's total of 497 runs with his half-century. For South Africa, Linde and Kagiso Rabada had picked four and three wickets respectively.

The game was also the first to witness a wicket-keeper replacement (Saha) due to a finger injury and a batsman due to concussion (Dean Elgar). They were replaced by Rishabh Pant and Theunis De Bruyn.

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