Ind vs SA, 1st Test: Shami, Jadeja star as India outclass Proteas by 203 runs, lead series 1-0
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Despite showing a good fight during the first innings, South Africa were bowled out for a meagre total of 191 runs while chasing a mammoth total of 395 runs on day 5 of the first Test held at Vizag. The Proteas began their day at 11/1 but a dominating bowling performance from Mohammad Shami (five-wicket haul) and Ravindra Jadeja (4 wickets) saw the visitors fell 203 runs short of the target.
Theunis de Bruyn was the first SA batsman to get dismissed. He was bowled out by Ravichandran Ashwin who scalped his 350th international Test wicket to equal the record with spin legend Muttiah Muralidharan, reaching the feat in his 66th appearance.
The wickets started to tumble after de Bruyn's departure. Temba Bavuma and first-innings centurion Quinton de Kock registered a duck while skipper Faf du Plessis (13) and opener Aiden Markram too couldn't save their team on the final day.
The tail-enders Senuran Muthuswamy (unbeaten 49)and Dane Piedt (56 off 107 balls) showed a good fight as they recorded a partnership of 91 runs for ninth wickets battling in the middle for nearly 33 overs. The latter scored his first half-century in Tests.
Earlier on Saturday, SA began the chase after India declared their innings at 323/4 after gaining a lead of 394 runs with few overs left. Rohit Sharma and Cheteswar Pujara contributed 126 runs and 81 runs while the likes of Jadeja, Kohli and Rahane chipped in their 30s and 40s.
SA innings started on a bad note as they lost their opener Dean Elgar who looked good for his 160 in the first innings. He was lbw off Ravindra Jadeja for just 2 runs during final few overs of day 4.
Earlier, SA showed a fighting spirit and reduced the deficit by 71 runs in the first innings after good performances from Elgar, de Kock (111) and Faf du Plessis (55).
India who had won the toss and chose to bat first, declared their innings at 502/7 in the first innings after a maiden double century from Mayank Agarwal (215) and Rohit Sharma (176). Together the duo added 317 runs for the first wickets.
Rohit Sharma, who opened the innings in Test for team India for the first time was the stand out player of the match. He scored centuries in both the innings of the first test (176 and 126 runs) to become the first player to achieve the feat.
The second Test will begin at MCA stadium, Pune from October 10. India lead the series 1-0.
Posted By: James Kuanal