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India beat South Africa by 337 runs at Kotla

Break past blockathon to take series 3-0

The scorecard will say South Africa were bowled out for 143, another low score in series where they only passed 200 once in seven attempts. It will say India won by 337 runs to complete a 3-0 series win. But for anyone who didn't witness the Delhi Test, it will take a closer reading to appreciate the extent of South Africa's fourth-innings defiance and India's struggle to bowl them out. Between them, India's four specialist bowlers sent down 136.1 overs, bowled 87 maidens against a set of batsmen who had made up their minds to block everything.

In the end, South Africa simply had too much to do. AB de Villiers played out 297 balls, Hashim Amla 244, and Temba Bavuma and Faf du Plessis ate up a fair share of deliveries in a concerted effort of stonewalling. But to do so for more than five sessions was simply too much to ask, particularly as a slow Feroz Shah Kotla surface began deteriorating halfway through the final day.

Ravichandran Ashwin (5/61) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/26) fully exploited a Day 5 Feroz Shah Kotla wicket as India beat an ultra-defensive South Africa in the fourth Test in Delhi. India won the Test series 3-0 following wins at Mohali and Nagpur. The Bangalore match was washed out.

It was only fitting that Ashwin, the best bowler on either side right through the series, ended the match with another five-for, bowling Morne Morkel as he shouldered arms to a ball that drifted into him through the air and spun less than expected. He ended the series with 31 wickets and his fifth Man of the Series award.

Skipper Virat Kohli and Man of the Match Ajinkya Rahane picked the souvenir stumps as players engaged in hearty celebrations and also thanked the spectators who gave them a standing ovation.

India climb to No. 2 spot in ICC rankings

With this series win, India have now climbed to spots to No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings. India had lost their No. 1 ranking in England four years ago. South Africa remain No. 1 in spite of this massive series loss in India.