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India's Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot against South Africa during 1st day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday, 3 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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India's Virat Kholi looks on as Dane Vilas of South Africa completes a catch for his dismissal during 1st day of the fourth Test match against South Africa at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday, 3 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South African player Kyle Abbott celebrates the wicket of India's Ishnat Sharma during the 2nd day of 4th Test match at Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Friday, 4 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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India's R Jadeja with teammates celebrates the wicket of South African batsman Hashim Amla during 2nd day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Friday, 4 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South Africa's Temba Bavuma is bowled out during 2nd day of the fourth Test match against India at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Friday, 4 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South Africa's M Morkel celebrates the wicket of India's Murli Vijay during the 3rd day of 4th Test match at Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Saturday, 5 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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India's Shikhar Dhawan takes a run during the 3rd day of the fourth Test match against South Africa in New Delhi on Friday, 4 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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India's Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during 3rd day of the fourth Test match against South Africa at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday, 5 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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India's Virat kholi celebrates half century against South Africa during 3rd day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday, 5 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South African Imran Tahir during 4th day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday, 6 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South African batsman Hashim Amla during 4th day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday, 6 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South African captain Hashim Amla with AB de Villiers at the end of 4th day's play of fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday, 6 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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India's Cheteshwar Pujara jumps in the air as he fields as South Africa's captain Hashim Amla, right, bats on day four of their fourth and final test cricket match against South Africa in New Delhi on Sunday, 6 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South African player AB De Villiers loses control over his bat while attempting a shot during final day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, 7 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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Indian players Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan celebrate the dismissal South Africa captain Hashim Amla during final day of the fourth Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, 7 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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South African AB De Villiers plays a shot ageist India during final day of the fourth Test match at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, 7 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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Indian players celebrate the dismissal of Kyle Abbott of South Africa during final day of the fourth Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, 7 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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Indian players Umesh Yadav and R Jadeja celebrate the dismissal of Dane Vilas of South Africa during final day of the fourth Test match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Monday, 7 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

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Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with teammates celebrates winning of fouth Test match against South African on the final day, in New Delhi on Monday, 7 December. Photo: Shahbaz Khan/PTI

INDIA-SA DELHI TEST

A blockathon to remember: relive India's win over South Africa in Delhi

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After the blockathon came the celebrations. No matter which way you see it, the fourth India-South Africa Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla was a resounding success.

Even before the Test had begun, India had wrapped up the series, and the final Test in Delhi saw happy faces all around - from underprivileged children to ordinary citizens. Gone were the days of free passes - for decades the norm at the DDCA-run stadium.

The scorecard will say that South Africa were bowled out for 143 - they only passed 200 once in seven attempts in this series - and it will also say that India won by 337 runs to complete a 3-0 series win. It will also show how R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav & Co kept up their patience and effort and were rewarded.

But there was much more to it than just those stats.

The win has also propelled India to second in the ICC Test rankings, slashing South Africa's lead down to four points.

Also, for the first time in the series, the match went into the final session of the final day, courtesy some great examples of self-denial set by Temba Bavuma, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Francois du Plessis. The four of them lasted a combined 755 balls - or 125.5 overs.

Seeing the man - de Villiers - who scored a 31-ball hundred in ODIs bat 297 balls for 43 runs was enough to turn cricket fans into philosophers.

South Africa's second innings lasted 143.1 overs in total - of which India's four specialist bowlers delivered a combined 136.1. Of these, 87 were maidens.

The batsmen had clearly made up their minds to block each and every ball.

This meme just tells the tale:

South Africa had batted so well up until tea on the fifth and final day. Thereafter, in just 27 balls, they lost their last five wickets and gifted the match to India. It also ended the Proteas' nine-year unbeaten away streak. South Africa had gone 15 away trips without losing a series.

Text by Sahil Bhalla

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