Visakhapatnam, Oct 7: India here on Sunday defeated the guest South Africa by 203 runs in the first test of three-match series. This is India’s third consecutive Test win by a margin of greater than 200 runs.
Chasing a target of 395 runs, South Africa was all out for 191, shortly after the lunch of the final day of the first test. Mohammed Shami was central to the collapse, accounting for Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock - Nos. 4, 5 and 6 - to open up the lower order, who were softened by Ravindra Jadeja before Shami returned to take the last two wickets. Pacer Mohammed Shami took five wickets while slow left arm bowler Ravindra Jadeja bagged four.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got one wicket and with this he became the fastest bowler to take 350 wickets, along with Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan.
A 91-run stand between Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt kept India out longer than they would have expected when they reduced South Africa to 70 for 8, but the pair's efforts were not enough to undo the damage caused by the top-order collapse. UNI