The men in blue continued their dominance over Proteas on the fifth and the final day of the first Test as the hosts outclassed the South African visitors by 203 runs at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Chasing a pretty good target of 395 runs in the second innings, Proteas crumbled on the last day.
In-form off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin clean bowled the right-handed batsman Bruyn to give a big blow to the Proteas. With this crucial wicket, Indians clawed back to their winning ways and the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals. But Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy frustrated Indians for sometime with an irritating partnership but they also lost their wickets handing India the win.
The classic Indian pacer Mohammed Shami made the work much easier for India as he took a five-wicket haul against South Africa in the second innings. As a result, Faf du Plessis-led Proteas bowed out against Indians after scoring just 191 runs in 63.5 overs and India comfortable took the 1-0 lead in the ongoing three-match Test series.
The star of the day Mohammed Shami said “When you have great bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja in the team, the fast bowlers can breathe easy and relax, knowing that they are there. Further, he also hailed star skipper Virat Kohli’s efforts in the match, Virat Kohli as a captain always hears us out and gives us the freedom to follow our strategy during the match”.
With this comprehensive win over Proteas, Virat Kohli and team maintained their position at the top of the World Test Championship Points Table and are now leading with the 160 points after three Tests. While Black Caps are reigning at the number two stand with 60 points in account from just two matches. On the other hand, Lankans are placed at third position with 60 points in account.
India: 502/7d; Mayank Agarwal (215), Rohit Sharma (176), Keshav Maharaj (3/189), 323/4d; Rohit Sharma (127), Cheteshwar Pujara (81), Keshav Maharaj (2/129), and Vernon Philander (1/21)
South Africa: 431/10; Dean Elgar (160), Quinton de Kock (111), Ravichandran Ashwin (7/145), Ravindra Jadeja (2/124), 191/10; Dane Piedt (56), Senuran Muthusamy (49*), Mohammed Shami (5/35), and Ravindra Jadeja (4/87)