India scored 497-9d in their first innings, on the back of Rohit Sharma’s 212, his maiden test double hundred, and Ajinkya Rahane’s century as part of a record 267-run fourth-wicket partnership.

Sharma finished with 529 runs in the series, with three hundreds. It was the highest aggregate for an Indian batsman against South Africa in a test series.

South Africa was then bowled out for 162 runs with India, for the second consecutive test, enforcing the follow-on.

The tourists slim hopes of salvaging anything from this series were effectively dashed as India’s seamers again dismantled its batting order to have the Proteas at 132-8 when bad light stopped play Monday.

It was South Africa’s joint third-biggest innings’ defeat in test cricket, and second consecutive loss by more than an innings. The last time South Africa lost two consecutive tests by an innings margin was against Australia in 1935-36.

Virat Kohli was again asked about MS Dhoni’s future and the Indian skipper came up with a cheeky response.

“He (Dhoni) is here, in the change-room, come say hello to him,” Kohli told the reporter.

Dhoni has not played cricket since Team India’s semi-final exit from the World Cup in England and Wales. Dhoni, who is on a sabbatical from international cricket, has made himself unavailable till November.

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