Visakhapatnam | Jagran Sports Desk: India on Sunday bowled South Africa for just 191 runs and registered a 203 run victory in the first Test against the Proteas in Visakhapatnam. After the match, Indian skipper Virat Kohli hailed the openers, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma, and the bowlers for the win.

“When you put 500 on the board, you're always ahead. Even with the fight they showed, we still had a lead. Rohit was outstanding. Mayank brilliant,” said skipper Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony.

The skipper also praised Shami and said that he was the strike bowler for the team in the second innings.

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“Shami has been a strike bowler in the second innings. All the guys lived up to their strengths,” he said.

Speaking about the SG balls, the skipper said that he would like the SG balls to do more.

“Batting heroes were obvious. But bowlers had it tougher in this game. This lot of SG balls is much better than the last one. If it softens up, there's literally nothing happening after 40-45 overs. Will still like it to be harder till about 60 overs,” Kohli said.

“It was a hard grind because of the conditions, especially the weather conditions. And the pitch slowed down too. It's all about the attitude. If fast bowlers are going to think that spinners are going to do all the work, then it doesn't justify their place. They ask for shorter spells so they can give 100 per cent. That's when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Jasprit and Umesh doing well as well,” he added.

India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second Test, which starts on October 10, will be played in Pune.

(With IANS inputs)

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