Philander picks six as South Africa go 1-0 up in series

Vernon Philander claimed the man of the match for his six-wicket haul
Vernon Philander claimed the man of the match for his six-wicket haul

South Africa 286 & 130 (Shami 3-28) beat
India 209 & 135 (Philander 6-42) by 72 runs
First Test, Cape Town, day four

Vernon Philander picked a six-wicket haul as South Africa wrapped up India for 135 runs in the final innings to complete a 72-run victory in the first Test in Cape Town and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Indian quick bowlers surprise South Africa

South Africa started the day with a score of 65 for two, having a lead of 142 runs over India. In the second over of the day, Mohammad Shami (3-28) induced an edge off Hashim Amla (4). Even though the third umpire was consulted, the decision went with the fielding team. The wickets continued to tumble as Shami had nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (5) also caught in the slips while Jasprit Bumrah (3-39) had Faf du Plessis (0) caught behind.

The innings sunk further as Quinton de Kock (8), who survived a run out chance edged a Bumrah delivery to the keeper while Shami returned back to the attack to trap Philander (0) LBW. AB de Villiers (35) was the only batsman to show some fight while Keshav Maharaj (15) provided some support but India did exceedingly well to dismiss South Africa for 130 runs.

The Proteas lost their last eight wickets for just 65 runs on the fourth day.

India started positive needing 208

Indian openers Murali Vijay (13) and Shikhar Dhawan (16) started the innings positively scoring 30 runs inside eight overs. During that phase, Vijay survived a LBW decision and also a caught behind decision using reviews. It was a matter of time though for the South Africa, who had Dale Steyn ruled out of the series to strike. Morne Morkel (2-39) provided the initial breakthrough when he had Dhawan caught at gully while Philander (6-42) had Vijay caught in the slips.

Morkel produced a stunning delivery to remove Cheteshwar Pujara (4) to leave India reeling at 39 for three but skipper Virat Kohli (28) played positively as Rohit Sharma (10) occupied at the other end as India looked at a decent position of 71 for three after negating most of the new ball.

Philander turns the tide

Just when India were rebuilding, du Plessis introduced Philander into the attack again and he responded with the wickets of both Rohit and Kohli while Rabada (2-41) accounted for Wriddhiman Saha (8) and Hardik Pandya (1) to leave India reeling at 82 for seven.

Ashwin-Bhuvneshwar resistance went in vain

Finally, India managed to show resilience through Ravichandran Ashwin (37) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (13) as the duo shared 49 runs for the eighth wicket and suddenly some hope built in the Indian camp as the target went under 80. However, it was Philander once again, who dented India's hopes by having Ashwin caught behind in the 43rd over and in the next three deliveries he also claimed Shami (4) and Bumrah (0) to dismiss India for 135 and complete a six-wicket haul.

For his heroics with the ball, Philander also bagged the man of the match award in a game dominated by the seam bowlers.

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