New Delhi: India scored an emphatic win over South Africa by handing the tourists a massive defeat of 337 runs on Day 5 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. Riding on superb bowling performances by spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, and fast bowler Umesh Yadav, the hosts were able to dismiss the South African batsmen, who put up a resilient fight to delay the inevitable.
The records, as they say, speak for themselves. Here are some remarkable statistical highlights from Day 5's play that ended with Team India lifting the Freedom Trophy.
Umesh Yadav's fast, furious, and accurate bowling
Umesh Yadav celebrates a wicket. (AP Photo)
0.42 -- The fast bowler returned with impressive figures of 3/9 from 21 overs at a mind-boggling economy rate of 0.42. Only England's Bob Wyatt had better economy rates than this (10 overs minimum), way back in 1928! Wyatt had an economy of 0.30 after bowling 13 overs and giving away just four runs, against -- you guessed it right-- South Africa.
16 -- Umesh Yadav bowled 16 maiden overs out of his 21! He is now the joint-second fast bowler in Tests having bowled the most number of maiden overs.
Ravindra Jadeja's unique bowling record
33 -- In case you're wondering, that's not the number of wickets he's picked up but the number of maiden overs he has bowled! Jadeja's stump-to-stump attacking line meant that the South Africans couldn't get him away easily, not that they were planning to as suggested from their ultra-defensive strategy. Jadeja scripted a record with his efforts, becoming the bowler to have bowled the most maiden overs in Test history, bettering the previous record of 31.
Ravindra Jadeja is elated after grabbing a wicket. (AP Photo)
23 -- The number of wickets to Ravindra Jadeja's name, his second best outing after the 2012-13 Border-Gavaskar Trophy where he claimed 24 wickets with his cunning left-arm spin.
India's best victory & South Africa's ignominy
337 -- The margin of runs by which India defeated South Africa. It is their best Test victory by the number of runs, bettering their previous 320-run victory against the mighty Australians in Mohali, 2008.
2 -- This victory ranks second in the list of international Test match wins on Indian soil. The greatest victory belongs to Australia, when they defeated India by 342 runs in Nagpur, 2004.
2 -- The second biggest defeat for South Africa by runs, with their worst defeat coming against Australia which they lost by an embarrassing 530 runs.
143 -- The number of runs scored by South Africa after batting for 143.1 overs, their lowest-ever total for any Test-playing nation having played a minimum of 110 overs. South Africa's previous lowest total was 159/8 against Sri Lanka, that came last year in Colombo. South Africa had manged to draw that particular match.
3 -- The number of times South Africa have failed to win a single Test match in a series having three or more Tests. The previous two such occasions had come against Australia, with the last time being way back in 1960.
Amla-de Villiers blockathon
297 -- The number of deliveries faced by de Villiers in which he scored 43, the joint-least score by any Test batsman having faced 250 deliveries or more. He now holds the record with Bangladesh's Javed Omar who had scored 43 off 258 balls against Zimbabwe in 2005.
244 -- The number of balls faced by Hashim Amla in which he scored 25, the least score made by a Test batsman having faced 200 or more deliveries. The record was held previously by England's Jack Russell who had scored 29* off 235 balls against South Africa.
The Ashwin series
Ravichandran Ashwin is justifiably the leader of the Indian bowling attack at present. (AP Photo)
31 -- Ravichandran Ashwin's tally of wickets in the Freedom Series, the most he has bagged in any Test series in his entire career. His previous best was 29 wickets against the Australians in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2012-13.
1 -- Only one Indian spinner has taken more wickets than Ashwin's 31 in a Test series. Harbhajan Singh grabbed 32 wickets in the Border-Gavaskar series during 2000-01.
62 -- Total number of wickets Ashwin has to his name in 2015, leading the list with England's Stuart Broad (51) and Pakistan's Yasir Shah (49) trailing behind him.
7 -- The unbelievable number of five-wicket hauls for Ashwin in 2015, easily the most since no other bowler in the world has managed to even grab four five-fors. 7 is also the most number of five-wicket hauls taken by an Indian bowler in a calendar year. Ashwin also has two 10-wicket match hauls in 2015. Only Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka has manged a 10-wicket match haul, that too only once.