India vs South Africa: Twitter In Awe Of Lungi Ngidi After Match-Winning Spell

Updated: 17 January 2018 19:31 IST

The fiery fast bowler scalped seven wickets ins his debut Test to script a series-deciding victory for South Africa.

India vs South Africa: Twitter In Awe Of Lungi Ngidi After Match-Winning Spell
South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi bowled a match-winning spell © BCCI

It couldn't have been a better debut for 21-year-old South African fact bowler Lungi Ngidi. The debutant bowled a match-winning spell of 6/39 in the second innings to down India by 135 runs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead over the visitors. India succumbed to his pace and variations and eventually lost the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. India had resumed the fifth and final day on 35/3 with Cheteshwar Pujara and Parthiv Patel at the crease. They got off to the worst possible start to Day 5 when Pujara was run out for 19, becoming the first Indian batsman ever to be run out in both innings of a Test match.

Ngidi had already outfoxed opener Lokesh Rahul and the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for 5 runs on the fourth day, dismissing him LBW. He continued from where he had left on Day 5 too. He then sent back, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to complete his best bowling figures on his debut Test.

He also took the solitary wicket of Parthiv in the first innings. His performance didn't go unnoticed as the present and former cricketers like Sanjay Manjrekar and Virender Sehwag lauded the youngster for his ferocious bowling spell.

Here's how Twitter applauded the pacer.

The 3rd and final Test of the series will be played at Johannesburg from January 24. India will also play 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is before wrapping up the tour on February 24.

Highlights
  • The debutant bowled a match-winning spell of 6/39 in the second innings
  • South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the second Test
  • South Africa now have an unassailable 2-0 lead over India
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