India win 2nd test: Retains top ICC Ranking
India just clinched a series-levelling innings and 57 runs victory in the final Test to retain their No.1 Test ranking on Thursday in the fifth day at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The hosts, who needed to pick up the remaining seven wickets to draw the series 1-1, were made to wait till the very end when Harbhajan claimed the last wicket of Mornie Morkel, trapping him leg before wicket, to mark India’s victory. Spinners Harbhajan Singh (5/59) and Amit Mishra (3/78) were the wreckers-in-chief as they ripped through the South African middle order.
Resuming at 115/3 after conceding a mammoth 347-run first innings lead, the South Africans were all out for 290 with just 15 minutes remaining on the last day. Hashim Amla nearly carried the visitors to safety with a defiant unbeaten 123.
Team India, with 124 points in the ICC test rankings, is now assured of USD 175,000 prize money which is presented to the side that reaches the April 1 cut-off date in top spot.