PRETORIA, South Africa (Reuters) – Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in the second Test in Pretoria yesterday and also win the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match contest.Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first-class cricket, as South Africa bowled out India for 151 just before lunch.India are the top-ranked side in Test cricket according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win.The third Test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on January 24.“It took a lot of hard work and was one of the harder Test matches in terms of what you had to put in,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said at the post-match presentation.“Bowling was tough, batting was tough, but over the five days I thought we were on top most of the time.”India resumed the final day on 35 for three chasing a victory target of 287, having been dealt a huge blow the evening before when Ngidi bagged the wicket of captain Virat Kohli (5).Their slender hopes were dealt a further set-back when Cheteshwar Pujara (19) became the first Indian player ever to be run-out twice in a Test.Ngidi had a hand in that too as he chased the ball down to the boundary and stopped a four, with his cut-back to AB de Villiers allowing for a bullet throw to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock that saw Pujara short.Pujara had also been run-out first ball in the first innings and has now been involved in six of India’s last eight run-outs in Tests.It would start a procession of wickets as Parthiv Patel (19) picked out Morne Morkel on the fine leg boundary off Kagiso Rabada (3-47), with the big fast bowler pulling off a magnificent catch on the run.Hardik Pandya (6) was caught by de Kock off Ngidi, before the seamer also induced an edge from Ravichandran Ashwin (3) to the wicketkeeper to leave India reeling at 87 for seven.Rohit Sharma (47) took the attack to the bowlers before he was magnificently caught at fine leg by de Villiers off Rabada attempting a hook.The innings wrapped up quickly after that, as Mohammed Shami (28) was caught by Morkel off Ngidi and Jasprit Bumrah spooned a catch to Vernon Philander at mid-off to hand the youngster his sixth wicket and debut match figures of 7-90.“We thought the wicket was really flat to play on, it was quite surprising,” Kohli said. “We tried our best but South Africa were better than we in every department, especially fielding.”SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 335INDIA 1st innings 307 SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings 258INDIA 2nd innings (overnight 35 for 3)Murali Vijay b Kagiso Rabada 9Lokesh Rahulc Keshav Maharaj b Lungi Ngidi 4Cheteshwar Pujara run-out AB de Villiers 19Virat Kohli lbw Lungi Ngidi 5Parthiv Patel c Morne Morkel b Kagiso Rabada 19Rohit Sharma c AB de Villiers b Kagiso Rabada 47Hardik Pandya c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 6Ravichandran Ashwin c Quinton de Kock b Lungi Ngidi 3 Mohammed Shami c Morne Morkel b Lungi Ngidi 28Ishant Sharma not out 4Jasprit Bumrah c Vernon Philander b Lungi Ngidi 2Extras: (b-4, w-1) 5Total: (all out, 50.2 overs) 151 Fall of wickets : 1-11, 2-16, 3-26, 4-49, 5-65, 6-83, 7-87, 8-141, 9-145.Bowling: Philander 10-3-25-0, Rabada 14-3-47-3, Ngidi 12.2-3-39-6, Morkel 8-3-10-0 (w-1), Maharaj 6-1-26-0.
It was lopsided from the very beginning.Who would have thought, that in a battle between The Badger Herald — the independent bastion of freedom and journalism in Madison — and the dAiLy CaRdInAl, the University of Wisconsin State Run Media, it would all come down to something as simple as the Weather app?For those unfamiliar, the Weather app is able to use groundbreaking technology — synthesizing the power of the cellphone, the internet and years of meteorological data — to predict the weather. It was the Gentle Clowns’ familiarity with this apparatus and an unconfirmed hot tip from Al Roker, that allowed the Herald to demand that the softball game be postponed from last weekend.This seemed to not sit well with the staff over in the cramped, poorly lit (one would assume that an inability to properly read content is the only explanation for their weekly bowel-movement-in-newspaper-form disservice to the university) office down in the ugly undercarriage of Vilas.They bleated and crowed. They warbled out something about a “brouhaha,” which incidentally was the closest thing to a pertinent multisyllabic phrase uttered by the birds in years.After all, who wouldn’t want to play softball in the freezing rain? The Gentle Clowns, that’s who.Regardless of scheduling concerns, it’s always Hamm’s O’Clock when the Herald is on the case and our four-person staff will have polished off the keg before the Cardinal can say “free rent.”Now, for the game itself.The Herald is marching out the finest lineup this side of Bascom Hill has ever seen.First, upper management. With this three-headed monster of editorship, who is best described as “literate,” at the helm — there is no chance we will lose.Alice Vagun is the head honcho responsible for outdrinking whatever the largest pigeon at the Cardinal is called. We have faith. Fun fact about Alice is that she was the first person to rhyme “Insane” with “Batman”, and Childish Gambino owes her royalties every time “Freaks and Geeks” plays.Managing Editor Yusra Murad was recently awarded “Roast of the year”, thanks to her performance in the DM’s of the Dirty Bird last week.Managing Editor Teymour Tomsyck is as tall as he is apathetic, need we say more?Now, for the infantry:Batting first will be second baseman Lucas “I made a game-saving play in eighth-grade little league” Johnson.Rounding out the top third of the lineup will be outfielders Will “I’m currently writing this and uncomfortable” Stern and Danny “Has been the sports editor longer than he has been the sports editor” Farber.At cleanup will be third baseman Molly “Can’t get Kevin Jonas to leave her alone” Liebergall followed by shortstop Peyton “I will shove this oxford comma so far up your-” David.Batting sixth is the power hitting Henry “There is no ethical consumption in baseball” Solotaroff-Webber.At DH and up seventh will be Emily “Narrowly avoided a pyramid scheme” Hamer followed by Outfielder Riley “There will Pinot mercy” Steinbrenner.Next will be the catcher Ben “Knows almost every rule of baseball from a high school class” Sefarbi.The lineup will end with our best-underhanded pitcher Jeremy “God’s plan” Frodl.Not to mention our secret weapons which will be revealed when the time comes. We wish the Dirty Birds luck, or rather, better luck than they had last week at the WNA Awards.