Proteas Complete Innings Victory Despite Tendulkar Ton
South Africa 558-6 declared (Amla 253no, Kallis 173) beat
India 233 & 319 (Tendulkar 100, Steyn 3-57) by an innings & six runs
First Test, Nagpur
Dale Steyn's fourth ten-wicket match haul bowled South Africa to an innings-and-six-run victory over India in the first Test late on day four in Nagpur.
Steyn returned three for 57 by knocking over the stumps of Amit Mishra for a duck as India, despite a fine century from Sachin Tendulkar, were bowled out for 319 in their second innings. They had been bowled out for 233 in their first knock, Steyn taking seven for 51 and Virender Sehwag hitting 109, in reply to South Africa's 558 for six declared, set up by an unbeaten 253 from Hashim Amla and 173 from Jacques Kallis.
India began the day on 66 for two, 259 runs behind but South Africa's continued dominance ensured that they suffered their first Test loss under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Tendulkar (100) and Murali Vijay (32) extended their third-wicket stand to 72 before Paul Harris grabbed the first of his three wickets by dismissing Vijay and Wayne Parnell then had Subramaniam Badrinath caught behind for six.
Tendulkar then added 70 with Dhoni, who faced 112 balls for his 25 as India bravely resisted but Tendulkar's dismissal, bowled by Harris two balls after reaching a 46th Test century, gave South Africa the opportunitey of victory inside four days.
They were made to work incredibly hard by Harbhajan Singh, who carved 39 in as many balls, and Zaheer Khan, who dug in to make 33 in 57 balls before miscuing a hook and Wriddhaman Saha played a doughty innings of 36 in 101 balls before the return of Steyn did for him, trapped in front, and then Mishra, to seal a deserved win for South Africa.
The second and final Test begins in Kolkata on Sunday 14th February.
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