1st Test: South Africa beat India by 72 runs to take 1-0 lead
South Africa have won the Cape Town Cricket Test against India by 72 runs. Chasing a victory target of 208 runs on day four of the series opener, India were all out for 135 runs in their second innings.
Barring the eighth wicket partnership between R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India’s batting collapsed against swing and bounce on a spicy Newlands surface. Ashwin top scored with 37 runs followed by skipper Virat Kohli who made 28. For South Africa, Matt Philander picked up six wickets.
Chasing 208, India were bowled out for 135 in their second innings
South Africa recorded 72-run win to take 1-0 lead in the series
Vernon Philander took career-best figures of 6/42
Earlier, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah made full use of seaming conditions to raise hopes of an India win in South Africa. Shami and Bumrah shared three wickets each in the morning session on day four, effecting a South African collapse in which they lost 8 wickets for only 65 to be bowled out for 130 in the second innings. The hosts had resumed their innings at their overnight score of 65 for 2.
On day one, South Africa were bowled out for 286 runs in the first innings.On day two, India finished with 209 runs in their first innings, surrendering a 77-run lead. Day three was completely washed out due to persistent rain.