Ranchi: With 0-2 down, the Proteas came to Ranchi hoping for a turnaround and, of course, there were 40 World Test Championship points to play for. Unfortunately, a week later, Team South Africa is leaving the Jharkhand capital as a shattered unit.
Much like the previous two Tests, Indians showed no mercy and completely dominated in the final game as well. In hindsight, nothing worked for the South Africans–neither the plan of using a proxy in the toss nor the five changes effected in the playing XI. India outperformed the visitors in all three departments of the game.
The first hour of Day 1 was the only occasion in this game when they looked competitive. With the ball seaming around on a cloudy morning, Kagiso Rabada bowled a brilliant spell with the red cherry and was well backed up by Anrich Nortje. The duo got rid of three key Indian batters within the first 16 overs of the innings as India were tottering at 39 for 3. However, as we had seen throughout the series, the Proteas bowlers (especially spinners) yet again failed to seize that moment once the SG ball got older and softer.