Lungi Ngidi © AFP
Lungi Ngidi © AFP

Lungi Ngidi who was got in as the replacement for Dale Steyn impressed everyone with his performance in the second innings. Ngidi took 6 for 39 in his 12.2 overs including Virat Kohli‘s wicket. He became the 24th South African to take a five-for on debut and also the only after Lance Klusener to do it against India on a debut.

South Africa won the match by 135 runs as Ngidi was awarded the Man of the Match for his seven wickets in the match. In the post match he expressed his happiness.

“The moment hasn’t really sunk in. I am very chuffed with my performance and I’m very happy at the moment. Been a quick turnaround for me.”

“I was in good nick in franchise cricket. I came out here to try pretty much what I could do. The support was great at my home ground. It’s a great moment,” he said.

Ngidi dismissed opener KL Rahul and Kohli in the last session of Day Four reducing India to 35 for 3 at stumps talked about his strategy while bowling.

“I tried to keep it simple: hang it outside off. There was a bit of movement off the deck and one nipped in and got the wicket. It wasn’t the fastest Centurion pitch.”

“Adapting to conditions was important. We had to deal with the conditions we were given. We pretty much put them under pressure, tried to keep them quiet and that worked.”

With the match South Africa win the Freedom series. The final match of the Test series is scheduled to be played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg starting from January 24.