South Africa suffered a massive collapse on Day 5 of the 1st Test in Visakhapatnam on Sunday to give India a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.
Things changed quickly for South Africa as they came up with contrasting batting performances in the 2 innings of the Test. While Dean Elgar daddy hundred and Quinton de Kock’s quickfire century helped them resist the Indian charge and post 431 in the first innings, the visitors surrendered meekly on a wearing wicket on Day 5.
South Africa were bowled out for 191 in the second innings and faced an 203-run loss in the 1st Test. Ravnindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami ran through the batting unit as Faf du Plessis’s men were bundled out just after Lunch on Day 5.
The visitors were in danger of getting bowled out inside lunch as they were reeling on 70 for 8 but a fine resistance from tail-enders Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy helped frustrate India bowlers a bit.
The duo added a record-breaking stand of 91 runs for the 9th wicket to take the match past lunch on the final day. Shami came back to get the wicket of Piedt after he had frustrated the Indian unit with a dogged fifty.
‘2nd innings’ Shami steps up
It was always going to be difficult for South Africa on a wearing fifth day wicket but their collapse after a fine in the 1st innings should be hurting their confidence for the remainder of the series.
There was some uneven bounce for pacers and sharp turn for the spinners on Sunday as South African wickets fell like a house of cards.
Aiden Markram waged a lone battle by beautifully counter-attacking the spinners but his resistance ended when Ravindra Jadeja took a stunning return catch in the over wherein he took 3 wickets to end South Africa’s hopes of saving the Test.
Earlier in the day, Mohammed Shami, known for his 2nd innings exploits, was at it again as he got the big wickets of Temba Bavuma, captain Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock — all three South Africa batsmen heard the death rattle.
R Ashwin started it all on Sunday as he removed Theunis de Bruyn to pick up his 350th Test wicket. The India off-spinner became the joint-fastest along with legendary Muttiah Muralitharan to reach the landmark.
Just when du Plessis and Markram were looking to steady the ship with a 32-run stand, Shami got one to nip back to the South Africa captain who shouldered his arms before losing his off-stump.
South Africa were dealt an early blow when they were made to bat during the last hour on Day 4 as Ravindra Jadeja got the big wicket of Dean Elgar who had made a classy 160 in the first innings.
Record-breaking outings for Rohit in maiden Test as opener
India were able to set a target of 395 runs, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s second successive hundred in his first Test as opener. Rohit slammed 127 from just 145 balls, hitting 10 boundaries and 7 sixes to help India post 323 in quick time in the 2nd innings.
Rohit Sharma helped remind fans of Virender Sehwag with a counter-attacking display that left the South African bowling attack distraught. Rohit got good support from Cheteshwar Pujara who started slow only to accelerate and make 81.
The Visakhapatnam Test was all about India’s batting might on display. While Rohit Sharma stole the show with hundreds in each innings in his first Test as opener, Mayank Agarwal hit a classy double hundred in the first innings as India posted 502 for 7 declared.
South Africa reduced the deficit with Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock coming up with fine hundreds but India were too hot to handle in the 4th innings.
Having sealed a 1-0 lead, India will take on South Africa in the 2nd Test in Pune from October 10.
Brief Scores, 1st Test, Day 5: India (323/4 d and 502/7 d) beat South Africa (191, 431) by 203 runs. Dane Piedt (56), Mohammed Shami (4/35), Ravindra Jadeja (4/87)