South Africa vs India: Virat Kohli’s tourists demolish Centurion’s fortress to win the opening Test by 113 runs

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South Africa vs India: South Africa crumbled on the final day of the first Test in Centurion, losing by 113 runs to give India the series’ first win.

After resuming on 94-4 and needing 211 to complete the largest fourth-innings run chase in Test history at SuperSport Park, South Africa lost three wickets before lunch, including captain Dean Elgar.

And they were all out for 191 in the space of eight balls after the resumption, giving Virat Kohli’s guests victory on a ground where the hosts have only been beaten twice in Tests before, and not since 2014.

Elgar, who took the battle to the India attack early on but had previously survived a missed caught-and-bowled chance off Mohammed Shami before being stranded in front by Jasprit Bumrah (3-50) coming round the wicket, appeared to be the only hope for the hosts.

Elgar (77) had added 25 to his overnight 52, and his departure brought Quinton de Kock to the crease to partner Temba Bavuma. After a lively 21, the wicketkeeper sliced on for the second time in the match, giving Mohammed Siraj his second wicket of the session.

Shami (3-63) then got Wiaan Mulder’s edge to reduce South Africa to 182-7 at the break, and the seamer made it eight wickets in the match shortly after the restart with the very identical dismissal of Marco Jansen.

At that time, the seamers had taken all 38 wickets in the match, but Ravichandran Ashwin got a couple of wickets for the spinners in as many balls, as Kagiso Rabada thick-edging to backward point and Lungi Ngidi assisting his first delivery to short leg.

India’s win erased some of the memories of their two previous Centurion Tests, which ended in defeats by an innings and 25 runs in 2017 and by 135 runs in 2018. KL Rahul’s first-innings hundred earned him the player-of-the-match award, with India’s win erasing some of the memories of their two previous Centurion Tests, which ended in defeats by an innings and 25 runs in 2017 and by 135 runs in 2018.

“We got off to the perfect start,” Kohli said later, “and gaining a result in four days, with one day wiped out, shows how well we played and how driven we are.”

“He is a world-class talent,” he said of Shami, who took 200 Test wickets during the course of the match. He’s easily one of the world’s top three seamers right now. He appears to get more out of the pitch than anyone else, bowling in places where the ball can’t be left.”

“We’ll have a sit-down with myself and the management,” Elgar added. I don’t believe we made many mistakes, but the ones we did make were significant.

“It’s not all doom and gloom for us; we’ve put ourselves under a lot of pressure, but that’s when we usually thrive.”

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