South Africa vs India: Virat Kohli’s tourists storm fortress Centurion to win first Test by 113 runs | Cricket News

South Africa lose their last three wickets in eight balls to slip to just a third test defeat at SuperSport Park; Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah take three wickets each for the tourists; Dean Elgar, the best scores for the hosts with 77

Last updated: 30/12/21 12:11


Mohammed Shami congratulates captain Virat Kohli after taking a wicket on the last day of the first test between India and South Africa

South Africa collapsed on the final day of the first test at Centurion when India won by 113 points and drew first blood in the three-game series.

Resuming at 94-4, with 211 still needed to comfortably finish the fourth inning’s biggest chase in testing at SuperSport Park, South Africa lost three wickets before lunch, including, crucially, that of captain Dean Elgar.

And their three finalists dropped to eight-ball space after the second half as they were all out by 191, giving Virat Kohli tourists victory on ground where the hosts had only been beaten in tests twice previously. , and not since 2014.

Domestic hopes always seemed to rest on the shoulders of Elgar, who fought early in the attack in India, but had already survived a missed opportunity by Mohammed Shami before he was trapped in front by Jasprit Bumrah (3-50), arriving around the wicket.

Elgar (77) had added 25 to his 52 overnight, his departure brought Quinton de Kock to the fold of mate Temba Bavuma, and the wicketkeeper cut a second time in the match after a brilliant 21 to give Mohammed Siraj a second wicket of innings.

Shami (3-63) then found Wiaan Mulder’s lead to leave South Africa 182-7 at half-time, and the seamer scored eight wickets in the match right after the restart with Marco Jansen’s nearly identical sacking.

By that time, all 38 wickets that fell in the match had made it to the seamers, but Ravichandran Ashwin got a pair in the column for spinners in as many balls, Kagiso Rabada with thick edges to aim back and Lungi Ngidi helping the his first short leg delivery.

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KL Rahul’s first hundred innings earned him the player of the match award, India’s victory erased some of the memories of their previous two Centurion Tests, which ended in one-inning and 25-point defeats and, in 2018 , by 135 points.

Captain Kohli later said: “We started in the best way and getting a result in four days, with a faded day, shows how well we have played and how motivated we are.”

And of Shami, who pulled out 200 test wickets over the course of the match, added: “He’s a world-class talent. He is easily among the top three seamers in the world right now. He seems to be getting more off the pitch than anyone else. and throws into areas where you can’t drop the ball. “

Elgar said, “We’ll talk to myself and the management. I don’t think we did much wrong, but the things we did wrong were pretty far off.

“It’s not all bad for us, we’ve put ourselves under pressure, but that’s generally when we thrive.”

Watch the first day of the second test between South Africa and India, from Johannesburg, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7:30 am Monday.

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