Test Pitches in India 'Boring and Loaded in Favour of Batsmen' - Vaughan

India captain Virat Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli

India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test at MCA Stadium, Pune on Sunday to clinch the three-match series 2-0.

Temba Bavuma showed resistance with his 63-ball 38 but Senuran Muthusamy and Quinton de Kock failed to stay on the crease as visitors lost three wickets in the third session.

Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have been more patient, meaner and more accurate than their South African counterparts.

In that match, Kohli scored 211 runs and Rahane had accumulated 188 runs.

De Kock stuck around long enough to see his skipper cross the half-century mark, riding his fortune on his way to 31, with seven boundaries. They did resist for a brief period but Ravichandran Ashwin struck twice in quick succession to get rid of them both. However, India did not take much time to get their first breakthrough of the day as Mohammad Shami got hold of Nortje (3) in the third over of the day.

His effort in Pune lasted just 20 deliveries, as Umpire Nigel Long gave him the finger, and was vindicated when the batsman sent it upstairs for a review.

Muthusamy then came to bat along side Faf du Plessis and assured that their side didn't lose any further wickets till the end of the session.

But India ended the day on top after the impressive Ashwin (4-69) claimed two vital wickets in the final four overs of the day.

In fact, no team has enforced the follow-on against South Africa in the last decade.

His 225-run fifth-wicket stand with Ravindra Jadeja, who made 91, shattered South Africa's bowlers after the hosts elected to bat first.

But Ashwin capped fine outing by having Maharaj caught by Rohit Sharma at leg slip and promptly trapping Rabada in front, with Philander unbeaten having faced 192 deliveries. Ashwin was the most successful bowler in the first innings with four wickets to his name.

Meanwhile, South Africa's lower order refused to throw in the towel as Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj added 109 runs for the ninth wicket. Thus, the Indian skipper has the opportunity to enforce the follow-on.