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India go 1-0 up in Test series against South Africa as Shami bags 5-er

Mohammed Shami 5/35
Mohammed Shami 5/35

With this win, India have extended their winning streak at home to 10 Test matches and are placed atop the Test Championship points table with 160 points.

Match Summary Day 5

India 502-7 & 323-4 dec [Rohit127(149), Pujara81(148); Maharaj2/129]

South Africa 431 & 191 [D Piedt56(107), Senuran Muthusamy49(108); Shami5/35, Jadeja4/87]

At the close: India won by 203 runs

South Africa were 384 runs behind India at the end of day 4 with 9 wickets still in the bank. Even the most optimistic of the South African supporters were not expecting a win. The team intended to show some discipline with the bat and with a chance of rain lurking, they could have got off with a draw.

However, the way in which things transpired in the first session, an Indian win became a foregone conclusion within one hour of play. Theunis de Bruyn was the first wicket to fall as he tried to cut a short pitch delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin which cut back sharply and castled him.

Mohammed Shami also joined the act with wickets of Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, breaking the back of the Protea batting line-up.

It was then time for Ravindra Jadeja who picked up three wickets in one over to make matters worse for the visitors. As Mohammed Shami nicked off Kagiso Rabada to complete his 5-wicket haul, India registered a comprehensive victory by 203 runs.

With this win, India have extended their winning streak at home to 10 Test matches and are placed atop the Test Championship points table with 160 points. The second Test of the three-match series will be played in Pune from 10th October.

 Cricket South Africa report

Mohammed Shami produced a brilliant spell of reverse swing bowling to strike the mortal blows that earned India victory by 203 runs with more than a session to spare in the opening Test match of the Freedom Series against the Standard Bank Proteas at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.

He dismissed Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock – the latter two in the space of three balls – who were all bowled.

With Ravi Ashwin getting rid of Theunis de Bruyn and Ravindra Jadeja then taking a brilliant one-handed return catch to dismiss Aiden Markram, the writing was on the wall at 70/6 in the 27th over.

Markam’s 39 off 74 balls (5 fours and 1 six) provided the only resistance of note in the top order although there was resistance lower down from Senuran Muthusamy who was left stranded one run short of a maiden half-century (49 not out, 108 balls, 5 fours) and Dane Piedt who did reach a half-century (56 off 107 balls, 9 fours and a six) during a ninth wicket partnership of 91, a South African record partnership against India.

There was further resistance from Muthusamy and Kagiso Rabada who added 30 runs with the last two wickets appropriately being taken by Shami who finished with 5/35 in one ball short of 11 overs.

He was backed up by Jadeja (4/87 in 25).

Rohit Sharma was an obvious choice as man of the match for his centuries in each innings.

When they review the match the Proteas main concern will be with the bowling rather than the batting. South Africa has not often made 400 runs in their first innings on the sub-continent, particularly after losing the toss, and there are much stronger batting line-ups than this one that have got bowled out cheaply in the fourth innings.

What is disappointing is that they let India get away from them in the second innings after restricting them to a manageable lead of 71 runs. The Proteas only got 11 wickets in the match with India having the luxury of declaring twice.

The important thing is that the team has gone forward in terms of handling Indian conditions and they will have to continue to be quick learners.

Notable performances were obviously the centuries scored by Dean Elgar and De Kock and the debut batting form down the order by Muthusamy who made over 80 runs for once out. Markram also looks as though he is coming to terms with sub-continent conditions.

The second Test match starts at Pune on Thursday.

India- Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

South Africa- Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada

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