India made a historic win over South Africa, taking a 1-0 lead in the series.
On Thursday, India closed out 2021 by winning 113 runs against South Africa in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
India vs South Africa 1st Test Highlights:
India 327 and 174 beat South Africa 197 and 191 in 68 overs (Dean Elgar 77, Temba Bavuma 35 not out, Jasprit Bumrah 3/50, Mohammed Shami 3/63) by 113 runs.
This is Indias first Test win at this stadium, which is generally thought to be a stronghold to South Africa. The victory means India has the lead by 1-0 on the tri-match set.
Additionally, India has become the first Asian team to take home a Test in Centurion.
It took just two overs in the lunch break for India to seal an impressive victory. Marco Jansen began the second session with two boundaries off Mohammed Shami.
However, Shami got the final smile on the fifth ball when he forced Jansen to defend on the front foot but missed behind goalie Rishabh Pant.
Ravichandran Ashwin took the first wicket during the game, offering Kagiso Rabada a flight in the off-stump.
Rabada tried to hit and drive, but the outer edge fell to Shami at the back end.
In the next ball, Ashwin sealed India’s win in less than 10 minutes in the second session when Lungi Ggidi’s inner-edged ball was aimed at Cheteshwar Pujara in the short back leg.
The earlier match, in which the score was 94/4, resumed under a clear, bright night sky.
Bavuma and Dean Elgar made adroitly-timed boundaries, keeping India disappointed.
Shami lost Elgar at 63, a straightforward chance from his bowling, making it harder to find an opening for the tourists.
Shami’s missed chance cost India just 14 runs, as the 36-run run partnership was brought to an end with Jasprit Bumrah’s trapping Elgar Plumb’s lbw.
The left-handed batsman attempted to flick but missed the inside-ducker of Bumrah that crashed into his pads.
He tried to review the ball, but replays showed that the ball struck the stumps.
Quinton de Kock hit a few boundaries as he shared the 31st wicket with Bavuma before cutting into his stumps, attempting to slash off Siraj.
Shami struck during his second innings of the game, grabbing the length ball to straighten after pitching and then to take the edge that Wiaan Mulder’s bat.
Bavuma had a few partners fall out, but he could score boundaries. Together with Jansen, Bavuma ensured that South Africa didn’t lose any more wickets before lunch.
However, after breaks, it required only 12 deliveries to allow India to break through another fortress that was built after Gabba at the beginning of the year, despite being a day that was washed away because of rain.
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