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India crash through Proteas' blockade to win series

The Proteas failed to succesfully block their way to a draw.

The Indian cricket team beat South Africa. Picture: Indian Cricket Team/Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa's diabolical test series in India came to an end on Monday as the number one team in the world were handed a 337 run hiding in the fourth and final Test match, to lose the four-match series 3-0, with the second one ending in a draw.

The Proteas were bundled out for a meagre 143 on day five, despite the top order batsmen hogging the crease for just over two days, looking to salvage the match and pick up a draw.

South Africa went into the fourth Test having already lost the series, their first away loss in Tests in nine years, and were looking to pick up a much-needed confidence boost ahead of their series against England back on home soil this month.

As expected, the Indians dominated the batting and bowling charts, with Ravichandran Ashwin the chief destroyer, taking 31 wickets at an average of 11.12, while Ajinkya Rahane walked away the top batsman with a total of 266 and a telling average of 53.20.

The series in India will be one to forget for the Proteas, having lost their specialist bowling duo of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander very early in the series and then having to contend with the controversial wicket in Nagpur in the third Test that saw Russell Domingo's men receive a humiliating beating.

On a positive note, South Africa will walk away from the series still the best Test playing nation in the world, while India have been rewarded for their efforts, moving up to second behind their opponents.

The four-match test series between the Proteas and England will get underway in Durban on 26 December and will be followed by five ODIs and three T20 internationals.

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