India take 1-0 series lead with comprehensive win against South Africa in 1st Test

India beat South Africa by 203 runs in the first Test. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@imVkohli
India beat South Africa by 203 runs in the first Test. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@imVkohli

India skittled out the South African batting line-up with clinical precision on the fifth day of the first Test in Visakhapatnam, winning by a mammoth 203 runs. 

The Proteas began the day at 11/1 chasing 395 for a win. Their approach was positive as they looked to make a go of achieving the stiff target. 

R Ashwin, who had taken a fantastic 7/145 in the 1st innings, had other ideas however and it wasn’t long before he sent Theunis de Bruyn (10 off 25 balls) back into the hut to claim his 350th Test wicket. 

Mohammed Shami was the wrecker-in-chief of the second innings, accounting for the wickets of Temba Bavuma (0 off 2 balls), Faf du Plessis (13 off 26 balls) and first innings centurion Quinton de Kock (0 off 2 balls), leaving South Africa tottering at 60/5.

Mohammed Shami took 5/35 in the second innings. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI
Mohammed Shami took 5/35 in the second innings. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@BCCI

Aiden Markram let loose with the visitors already down to the lower order but was soon dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja for 39 off 74 balls, followed shortly by Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj - both out for ducks in the same over. 

With South Africa at 70/8, India looked like they would wrap up the win in the first session of the day itself. However a 91-run stand between Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt meant that India were forced to stay on the field into the second session as well. 

It was Shami to the rescue once again as he came back and took the last two wickets to dismiss South Africa for 191, giving India a 203-run win - their third consecutive Test win by a margin greater than 200 runs. Rohit Sharma was named Man of the Match for his innings of 176 and 127 in the match. 

India now lead the World Test Championship with 160 points from three games.

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