It was a brown banana peel for South Africa, but they adapted to a subcontinent-style track with great skill to win back the Freedom Trophy
After the kick to the gut that was their previous tour to India, South Africa really, really wanted to get their own back. And their eagerness to do so showed through clearly
Stats highlights from the fifth day of the second Test between South Africa and India in Centurion
Despite success in the second Test, South Africa's captain was concerned with the uncharacteristic SuperSport Park surface it was played on
India's captain has asked every member of the team to reflect on the soft dismissals and errors made by them
India's captain said he wanted his players 'be hard on themselves' after the defeat in Centurion, while responding combatively to questions about selection and his team's overseas record in his post-match press conference
Chasing 287 on a pitch with treacherous low bounce, India ended day four of the Centurion Test 35 for 3, with both their openers and Virat Kohli back in the dressing room
Why did India delay taking the new ball? And why did Shami bowl only one over in the middle session? Here's Sidharth Monga's take on those questions and others
In Test cricket, as in life, there comes situations that define you as a team. For India, that moment arrived during the post-lunch session of the fourth day
The home side has had a lot to say about nature of the SuperSport Park track, but on the field they have found a way to make it work for them
South Africa opener picked up a mild left-quadricep strain in Centurion and did not take the field in India's second innings
South Africa's defeat on turning tracks in India in 2015 ended a nine-year unbeaten run and they are burning for revenge
Virat Kohli's 21st Test hundred and two early wickets from Jasprit Bumrah kept India's bid for a series-levelling win alive, but AB de Villiers' skill and enterprise ensured South Africa remained in control of the Centurion Test
No other batsman has scored as many 150-plus scores as Virat Kohli in the last seven years
Surely he remembers Adelaide when he carried them almost all alone? He is desperate to avoid a repeat
"I have played cricket here all my life, I have never seen a wicket like this at SuperSport Park. It's unheard of that a spinner bowls that amount of overs on the first day. There's a very subcontinental feel to it," said South Africa's fast bowler
In 5.1 overs, the visitors went from not wanting to take the field because of a wet outfield to wanting to stay on after seeing the ball swing around
The India captain was fined 25% of his match fee and received one demerit point for his conduct with on-field umpire Michael Gough on the third day in Centurion
An aggressive unbeaten 85 from Virat Kohli led India's response to South Africa's 335, but South Africa kept chipping away at the other end to end the second day firmly in front
After months of rehabilitation following a stress fracture, the quick claimed his maiden Test wicket at SuperSport Park and asked questions of a world-class batting line-up
India's captain might have the conditions going for him, but he still had to face some high-quality bowlers executing their plans to near perfection
Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi tried to fox the India captain the same way Vernon Philander had done at Newlands but he left balls outside off and survived the ones that nipped in
Stats analysis from the second day in Centution where R Ashwin finished with four wickets and South Africa were bowled out for 335
Having gathered a reputation for being India's difficult-pitch bowler, the Ishant Sharma said he was "always up" for the challenge of doing the dirty work of bowling long spells
Half-centuries from Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla led South Africa to a dominant position before a late collapse brought India roaring back to life
It was not quicker, bouncier or scarier than Newlands but the uncharacteristic SuperSport Park pitch has not drawn any criticism from the men who have to play on it. At least, not yet.
It shouldn't always take pieces of magic for India to create the best chance to win a Test in South Africa. There are still 14 wickets to be taken, and India cannot afford to rely on magic for them
South Africa claimed the first session and India the last hour but the SuperSport Park belongs to Hashim Amla and he has the numbers to show it
Ashwin found a pitch that gave him some turn, and he has not just kept India alive but he has given them the upper hand despite losing the toss and watching their main fast bowlers give away runs like millionaires
Where South Africa's latest spearhead came from
To play well, India need to plan well
With seven fast-bowling options in South Africa's squad, here's a look at their certainties, contenders and outsiders for the second Test against India
Bryan Bloy, the curator at Centurion, described the intensity of his job as being higher than in any of his previous positions
Virat Kohli's habit of striding in to defend a wide delivery - through which he exposes himself to a dismissal by playing them - hasn't changed since 2015
India's captain mocked those asking for Rahane's inclusion in the XI, claiming that "no one" had wanted him to play in the last Test
After India fell short in the first Test in Cape Town, their next challenge - at SuperSport Park, where South Africa have their best win percentage - would be to save the series
Cheteshwar Pujara is the first India player to be run out twice in a Test. He's the 23rd overall and first since Stephen Fleming v Zimbabwe in December 2000.
The highest run-chase at SuperSport Park in Centurion, which was by England in 2000. India are set a record target of 287 to chase. There have been only six successful chases at the venue and five of those have been by the home team.
Runs for Faf du Plessis in Tests. Since his debut, only Amla has scored more runs for SA than du Plessis.
No. of century partnerships in this series. The one between De Villiers and Elgar is the biggest of the two, going past 114 added by De Villiers and Du Plessis in the last Test.
No. of centuries by India captains in South Africa - Tendulkar (169) in Cape Town 1996-97 and Kohli in this Test.
Last time a spinner opened the bowling for South Africa in the first innings - Aubrey Faulkner v Australia. SA opened with Keshav Maharaj in this Test.
Wickets for Mohammad Shami in Tests, becoming only the 7th India fast bowler to the milestone.
Wickets for Ashwin so far, which is already 2nd-best for a spinner in the first innings of a Centurion Test; Swann's 5 for 110 in 2009 is the best. Ashwin's 31 overs is 3rd-highest by a spinner in the 1st inngs in Centurion
Number of ducks at home for de Kock in all international matches. He has 7 in away games - 3 in NZ, 2 in Ban, 1 each in Aus and SL - but this one in Centurion was his first in South Africa
Innings between two run-outs for Amla in Tests. The last time he was run out in this format was way back in November 2012, in Perth
Previous most runs by a batsman at SuperSport Park in Centurion, by Jacques Kallis. Hashim Amla has gone past that mark.
Aiden Markram's average in last 6 innings in Centurion (his home ground) across all formats in last six innings, before this match. His scores have been: 161, 119, 87, 51*, 56*, 18*. He has got to another fifty in this innings.
No. of 50+ partnerships between Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar in 7 Test innings, including this innings. They average over 100 as a pair.
Win-loss record for South Africa in Centurion, in 22 previous Tests. Their win-loss ratio of 8.50 at the venue is the second-best for any team playing 10+ Tests at a ground.