Rohit and bowlers heroics give India a comfortable 203-run victory
India defeat South Africa by a huge margin of 203 runs after showing outstanding performance in all three sectors- batting, bowling and fielding of the first test match at Visakhapatnam on Sunday, October 6.
Chasing the huge target of 395 runs, South Africa was shambolic from the beginning of their innings as they lost their wicket continuously. Only half of the batsman of their lineup managed to score double-digit innings which showed their failure very well. At one stage, they were at 70/8 but after that Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy made a 91-run partnership and just reduced the margin of defeat. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja were lethal throughout the whole second innings as they shared 9 wickets between them among ten.
Earlier, it was all about Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. Rohit became only the second India opener to score twin tons in a Test, and now holds the record for most sixes in an international match in all three formats.
Winninh the toss, India opted to bat first. Opener Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma proved captain Virat Kohli’s decision right as they made a huge 317-run partnership in the first wicket. Both batsman scored a century while Agarwal hit his first double century in his career. Agarwal and Rohit scored 215 and 176 runs respectively. India declared their first innings by scoring 502 runs with the lose of 7 wickets.
In reply, South Africa started to struggle from the start but the century from opener Dean Elgar and wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock placed them in a suitable position as they finished their first innings just behind 71 runs from India. Ravichndran Ashwin took 7 wickets in his return to the test team after almost two years.
India again dominated in the second innings and this time they did it with a better strike rate as there had a chance of raining at the last day of the match. With Rohit Sharma’s another century and Cheteshwar Pujara’s half century they declared their innings at 323/4 and set the target of 395 runs.
But South Africa continued their struggle to get runs in a deteriorating Indian wicket and bundled out for just 191 runs in their second innings. And India won the first test comfortably by 203 runs which has been their third consecutive test win by a margin of greater than 200 runs.
India 1st innings 502/7d (136 overs)
Mayank Agarwal 215 (371), Rohit Sharma 176 (244)
Keshav Maharaj 3/189, Vernon Philander 1/68
South Africa 1st innings 431/10 (131.2 overs)
Dean Elgar 160 (287), Quinton De Kock 111 (163)
Ravichandran Ashwin 7/145, Ravindra Jadeja 2/124
India 2nd innings 323/4d (67 Overs)
Rohit Sharma 127 (149), Cheteshwar Pujara 81 (148)
Keshav Maharaj 2/129, Vernon Philander 1/21
South Africa 2nd innings 191/10 (63.5 overs)
Dane Piedt 56 (107), Senuran Muthusamy 49* (108)
Mohammed Shami 5/35, Ravindra Jadeja 4/87
Toss: India, opted to bat first
Result: India won by 203 runs
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma