Vernon Philander took career-best innings figures of 6 for 42 as the hosts comfortably defended a target of 208 at Newlands
Vernon Philander took the plaudits after a career-best effort gave South Africa the series lead in a low-scoring encounter at Newlands
In what Faf du Plessis called one of his 'favourite games of cricket', South Africa kept getting into difficult positions and kept finding a way out of them
Over the course of 13 balls delivered from his favourite Wynberg End, Vernon Philander set Virat Kohli up and sent him back with the most artful of knockout blows
It's easy to fall for recency bias and blame a fourth-innings collapse for losing a winnable contest, but India know their bowlers and batsmen really let the Newlands Test slip in the first innings
Runs against Sri Lanka earned Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan their places in India's XI for Cape Town, ahead of Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul respectively, but neither justified his selection
The South Africa fast bowler will be reassessed in four to six weeks' time
The fast bowler won his third Man-of-the-Match award on his home ground, while Wriddhiman Saha set a new catches record for Indian wicketkeepers
The entire third day of the Newlands Test was lost to rain, although there might not have been too many people complaining as a result considering Cape Town is in the middle of a severe drought
Eddie Barlow and Hylton Ackerman are among the famous names whose ashes have been scattered on the Newlands outfield, but you don't need to have been a cricketer to make this famous ground your final resting place
A Hardik Pandya counterattack came at just the right time for India as the Newlands Test continued to surprise
The fast bowler suffered tissue damage in his heel and could take four to six weeks to recover
When Steyn went off the field, we were quickly faced with the reality that this quartet may not play many matches together
Statistical highlights from Hardik Pandya's rapid knock at Newlands, including his share out of India's total, his scoring against South Africa's quicks and where his average stands now
While Kagiso Rabada believed the pitch was difficult, the India batsman said the visitors could overhaul anything around 350 in the final innings to go 1-0 up in the series
The impact of the 24-year-old allrounder's 93 runs and two wickets in this Test will be seen soon, but there is a larger impact of this effort that merits commendation
Cape Town dealt almost exclusively in hair-raising action. The day began with three wickets in the first six overs. And it ended with three more in nine. The fast bowlers, from both teams, had fun
Can surprising selection choices, unsuitable lines and lengths, and the dropped catch witnessed on the opening day justify the visitors' pre-series claims of preparedness?
Dale Steyn, whose chances of donning the Test whites looked meek after his shoulder injury, did not make a dramatic start on his Test return. But in his third over, he unfurled the magic
Stats highlights from an eventful first session in Cape Town
At 12 for 3, South Africa were looking for some calm, for someone to absorb the pressure and block out a few overs. But AB de Villiers had other ideas
They've not had much time to adjust yet, but they need to swap their Indian mindsets for local ones
No longer are India terrified travellers, but South Africa have home-ground advantage and a chance to avenge a horror 2015 tour. Either way, both teams are planning to have some fun in the coming months
South Africa will be as determined to secure this series, what with the scores to settle from their last tour to India
Vernon Philander's figures in the second innings - his career-best in Tests. He ended the Test with three wickets in four balls.
Score in the second session of day 4. In the first session, 8 wickets fell for 65 runs. 15 wickets have fallen in first two session so far.
South Africa's score in the first session on Day 4. They began the day at 65 for 2 but were all out for 130, adding just 65 more runs.
This is the first time 4 India fast bowlers have taken at least a wicket in both innings of a Test - Bhuvneshwar, Shami, Bumrah and Pandya.
Hashim Amla's average in first or only Tests of a series since 2015, in 19 inns. He has just 2 50+ scores in this period. Before 2015, he averaged 70.42 in first Tests with 23 50+ scores in 52 inns.
Runs added by India's first 7 wickets. Pandya and Bhuvneshwar have added more than that so far.
Wkts for Philander in Tests at home in 23 Tests. Pujara was his 100th wicket.
Runs aggregated by top-3 wickets for both teams in their first inns of this Test - 12 for SA and 27 for Ind - is the lowest in a Test in SA since their readmission and second-lowest in any Test in last 15 years.
No. of instances in last 10 years when four India fast bowlers picked at least a wicket in a Test innings, including this game. The only other occasion was against Australia at WACA in 2011-12.
Last time AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis shared a partnership of 50+ runs in Tests, before doing it today. Their last such stand was also against India, 205 runs while chasing in J'Burg in Dec 2013.
No. of times India have got three wickets conceding fewer runs in their first inns of a tour outside Asia, than this match's 12 for 3. They had begun the 2006-07 tour of SA with 5 for 3 in Johannesburg.
Last time India got their first wicket of the tour earlier than this tour as Bhuvneshwar dismissed Elgar off the third ball. Kapil Dev had dismissed Jimmy Cook first ball of the 1992-93 tour.
South Africa's win-loss record in 11 Tests at Newlands in Cape Town, in last 10 years. However, they have won the toss only twice in those 11 matches.