Team India dismissed South Africa’s second innings for 191 runs and won the first Test by 113 runs in Centurion to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
With the score at 182/7, Mohammed Shami dismissed debutant Marco Jansen for just 13 runs, caught behind by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Shami took his third wicket of the match in the second innings and his eighth overall.
- Top performance by Team India
Ravichandran Ashwin removed Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi in the very next over to dismiss the Proteas for a meagre 191 and lead India to their first-ever triumph at Centurion. Virat Kohli has now won two Tests in South Africa, the first of which was in Johannesburg in 2018.
Despite the fact that India won the entire second day of the Test was rained out. They lead the three-match series 1-0, with the second Test starting on January 3 in Johannesburg.
Elgar and Temba Bavuma (35 not out) gave the hosts hope in the morning session, but India’s pace attack made the most of the conditions and cruised to victory.
England scored 251-8 in the fourth innings to win at Centurion Park in 2000 when both teams decided to lose an innings due to rain to force a result.
South Africa was bowled out for 197 in the first innings and failed to cross 200 in both innings, demonstrating the difficulty of the task.
The skipper, who had been given a life on 63 by Shami when the seamer lost a caught and bowled chance, put in a characteristically tenacious performance.
Quinton de Kock smashed the bowlers with a breezy 21 from 28 balls, but for the second time in the contest, he shot onto his own stumps, this time off Mohammed Siraj (2-47).
After that, Wiaan Mulder (one) was caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant off Shami (3-63), and India took just two overs after the lunch break to take the final three wickets.
India had almost complete control of the Test after scoring 327 batting first, including 123 from opener KL Rahul, the only batsman to truly master the Centurion pitch.
If India’s victory at The Gabba sealed back-to-back series victories in Australia, this tour-opening victory in Centurion is the fruit of years of preparation and tenacity. Rahul Dravid, who famously led India to their first-ever win in South Africa in 2006, is in charge. South Africa has only lost twice in their previous 27 matches at the site (to England in 2000 and Australia in 2014). India was defeated by 135 runs the previous time they played a Test in Centurion. They’ve now finished the year on a high note.
Before this Test series, India had never won a Test series in South Africa. However, India had won three Test matches prior to this, and this was the team’s fourth success. During the 2006–07 tour, India won the first Test match in South Africa by 123 runs in Johannesburg. At the same time, this squad defeated the Proteas for the second time in Durban in 2010-11 by 87 runs, and in 2017-18, Johannesburg won the third Test by 63 runs, and now India has won for the first time in Centurion.