Team India recorded a comprehensive 113-run victory over South Africa in the first Tets of the series in Centurion. The bowlers showed great discipline and patience to earn their wickets and gained a crucial lead in the series with two more games remaining.
The Test hung in favour of India at the start of the day’s play as the Proteas were 211 away from the target. Dean Elgar and Temba Bavuma ensured a breezy start to the day with the pitch being rather harmless after the heavy roller and the old ball barely doing much.
Jasprit Bumrah’s ploy to come around the wicket for Dean Elgar did the trick as he was trapped LBW. The South Africa skipper reviewed the decision but had to walk back after the decision stood. The crucial wicket opened the gates for India.
The Proteas were still able to score at a rather healthy rate. Bavuma stood tall with his defence while de Kock played strokes with freedom. Mohammad Siraj provided the breakthrough after getting the wicket-keeper batter to chop one on back onto his stumps. He was dismissed in a similar fashion in the first innings as well.
Mohammad Shami got the edges of Wianne Mulder and Marco Jansen to inch towards the win. Ravichandran Ashwin came into the attack and picked up the last two wickets to finish the proceedings.
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