Nagpur, Nov 27: India twice halted Australia's 16-match winning run in Test cricket. And today they did it again, this time ending South Africa's 9-year unbeaten streak in 15 away series.
At the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, Virat Kohli-led India won the 3rd Test by 124 runs on the 3rd day on Friday (November 27) to claim the 4-match series against South Africa 2-0 with still one game to play in Delhi from December 3.
Today's victory halted Proteas' 9-year streak of being unbeaten in overseas series. South Africa, the number one Test side in the world, lost in Mohali by 108 runs and today's reversal ended their dominance in away Test series after 15 rubbers. Before today, Proteas' last overseas Test series loss was in 2006, to Sri Lanka by 0-2 margin.
West Indies still hold the record with 18 away series of unbeaten run. It was broken by Australia. They dominated for 16 years.
In 2001, Steve Waugh-captained Australia arrived in India with a 15-Test winning streak. They won in Mumbai to make it 16. But India snapped the record run in that famous Kolkata Test where VVS Laxman hit an epic 281, India's highest individual score at the time.
At the Eden Gardens, India had followed on but Laxman and Rahul Dravid (180) turned it around for the hosts with the bat while Harbhajan Singh took 13 wickets in the match as India won by 171 runs.
Again in 2008, it was India who halted Australia's 16-match Test winning run. Led by Anil Kumble, India won by 72 runs in Perth to snap another record of the world champions.
The chief architects of India's latest success in Nagpur were the spinners. Country's number one spinner R Ashwin delivered again on a turning track, which came in for heavy criticism as the contest ended inside 3 days.
Man-of-the-match Ashwin took career-best 7 wickets for 66 (12 in the match) in the 2nd innings as South Africa were bowled out for 185 chasing 310.
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