Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    0.3 and India strike in the first over! A perfect comeback from Bhuvneshwar. After two leg side deliveries, he finds the one that seams away. Pitches on middle and leg, and because of that line, Elgar is caught into playing. Elgar pokes at the ball. The length is good too, not seaming away too much to beat the outside edge or seaming too less to find the outside half. A thin outside edge is easily taken by Saha. The ideal start for India. 0/1
    2.6 given! Two wickets in two overs from Bhuvneshwar. Markram doesn't review. And India have two in three overs. This one has seamed back in prodigiously after pitching, the previous ones moved away. So Markram is very late in getting his bat down. He then bails out of the stroke, the ball doesn't care, it keeps seaming in to hit Markram just outside off, but the lbw rule doesn't care. No shot offered. A review would not have helped Markram. Sensational swing bowling 7/2
    4.5 135 kph, Amla edges off and South Africa are tottering! Good length outside off, it moves away late, but Amla rather inexplicably jabs at it. With that away seam movement, that shot is always fraught with risk, a thick outside edge is taken by the keeper. It's a loose shot, and SA are 12 for 3 within the first 22 minutes of the first Test. 12/3
    32.6 goes through him! 140 kph, massive wicket. Bumrah's maiden Test wicket is de Villiers. Full delivery outside off, de Villiers drives but that seam movement again, takes the inside edge and hits off stump. Throws his head back as he heard the stumps disturbed. 126/4
    35.5 out this time, no doubt. Du Plessis has nicked off two balls later and SA are in big trouble! Good length outside off, keeps a tad low too. Du Plessis cuts, but is a tad late on the shot. Toe-end to the keeper. Kohli sends off du Plessis with some ecstatic celebrations 142/5
    44.5 is there an edge? Yes says the umpire. A very thin outside edge. Batsman won't review. Bhuvneshwar has done it again. Angles the length ball into the corridor, draws him forward and straightens it just enough to trap him inside the line. You can barely hear that edge, that's how little the deviation was. It's enough for a massive breakthrough 202/6
    50.2 this one is too good though. Leave or play, you're dead. Swings in from outside off, full, between bat and pad and gently kisses the top of middle stump 221/7
    62.2 how's that? There is a direct hit at the batsman's end, and the third umpire is asked to confirm. Maharaj's laziness has cost South Africa here. Very poor from him. Ashwin catches him short. Driven to mid-on, Maharaj calls Rabada, but is sent back. He is left mid-pitch why Rabada hasn't responded well, and so spends a vital fraction of a second there before turning back. That cost him, as he is a couple of inches short. Very sloppy from Maharaj, the frustration was piling 258/8
    69.3 short, wide and caught behind! Rabada goes back, looking for the cut but fails to hit the ball cleanly. This is Cape Town, there is some extra bounce and the ball takes the top edge through to the keeper. Good take from the keeper 280/9
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    73.1 plumb in front and that's the innings. Arm ball, seam pointing at leg stump, full and flat. He goes back, is beaten on the inside edge and trapped right in front of off stump 286/10
    Extras
    6 (b 2, lb 3, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    286 all out (73.1 Overs, RR: 3.9, 327 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (D Elgar, 0.3 ov), 2-7 (AK Markram, 2.6 ov), 3-12 (HM Amla, 4.5 ov), 4-126 (AB de Villiers, 32.6 ov), 5-142 (F du Plessis, 35.5 ov), 6-202 (Q de Kock, 44.5 ov), 7-221 (VD Philander, 50.2 ov), 8-258 (KA Maharaj, 62.2 ov), 9-280 (K Rabada, 69.3 ov), 10-286 (M Morkel, 73.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Kumar1948744.5700
    Mohammed Shami1664712.9300
    JJ Bumrah1917313.8401
    HH Pandya1215314.4100
    R Ashwin7.112122.9300
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    4.4 gets him at gully! That's a poor shot from Vijay. He'd adjusted his guard to be more off and middle so that he could leave better and get behind the line, but Philander has adjusted by pushing it out wider. Would he have left it from his normal guard? Chases the cover drive, it swings away marginally and carries nicely at chest height 16/1
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    5.2 top edge and Steyn grabs it to pick up his first wicket on comeback. Another poor shot. Back of a length ball in the corridor, climbing up sharply. Not there for a pull, but that's what Dhawan has chosen to do. Not in position, completely cramped. Steyn is on the pitch as he uses the reverse cup to pouch this and then acknowledges the crowd 18/2
    36.1 oh my, oh my, oh my. His concentration was sensational for two hours today, but a break has nullified all that hard work. A length delivery outside off seams away late, and seams away a lot. But Pujara goes after it, gets a thick outside edge straight to du Plessis at second slip! A needless waft if ever there was one. India in downright trouble now. 76/5
    8.1 he gets Kohli first ball! He pokes away from the body and gets a nice healthy nick on this! Oh the crowd's gone wild, and it's absolute dire straits for India at the moment. Short ball, rising up in the corridor. Not in position to play at this - his feet were still in the air. A weak prod 27/3
    28.2 144 kph. Rabada strikes. He goes wide of the crease, and gets that to seam back in. Beats Rohit for pace, struck him in front of off. And the umpire gives him. But Rohit reviews. Rohit misses the ball, the bat hits the pad, leaving the ball with an unhindered path to the front pad. Rabada has been the fastest of South Africa's bowlers today, and it has showed against Rohit. Three reds on HawkEye, India lose their review and Rohit. Rabada is pumped. 57/4
    38.5 it was never going to be far away. It was awful batting, poking at balls with the sole intent of defending. He had been doing it through this over, but against Philander, one ball will move away more than usual and find the edge, which is why you have to leave as many as you can. Full delivery outside off, it seams away and finds the edge of Ashwin's loosely-hanging bat! De Kock dives to his right and takes a catch in front of first slip. 81/6
    69.1 edged and gone for 93. Looks for the ramp over gully, but he can only nick off. Rabads strikes. Awesome innings from Pandya though. Short and wide, was there for the slot but there is some extra bounce and the top edge is found. This time, there is a hug and a kiss from du Plessis. To put this innings into context, India are still well behind SA. The game may have been over without it. 199/9
    41.4 India seven down! Steyn is pumped. Saha reviews. All this needs to do is clip any part of the stump. Full delivery outside off, it doesn't swing or seam or move. It just keeps going straight. Saha leaves it and is rapped on the back leg in front of off. PLUMB in front. Three reds on HawkEye. India have lost all their reviews. Faf hugs, not kisses, Steyn. 92/7
    66.5 edged and taken this time! Just felt like it was coming. Full delivery outside off, Bhuvneshwar pushes at the ball, looking for that gap through cover, but he gets a thick outside edge. Discernible away movement. Morkel is pumped. End of a terrific knock from Bhuvneshwar, ends a 99-run stand with Pandya 191/8
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    73.4 edged and the innings is done. 140 kph, full delivery outside off, the ball swings away. Bumrah's outside edge is found and flies to Elgar at fourth slip for a comfortable catch 209/10
    Extras
    14 (b 1, lb 13)
    TOTAL
    209 all out (73.4 Overs, RR: 2.83, 344 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (M Vijay, 4.4 ov), 2-18 (S Dhawan, 5.2 ov), 3-27 (V Kohli, 8.1 ov), 4-57 (RG Sharma, 28.2 ov), 5-76 (CA Pujara, 36.1 ov), 6-81 (R Ashwin, 38.5 ov), 7-92 (WP Saha, 41.4 ov), 8-191 (B Kumar, 66.5 ov), 9-199 (HH Pandya, 69.1 ov), 10-209 (JJ Bumrah, 73.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander14.383332.2700
    DW Steyn17.365122.9100
    M Morkel1965723.0000
    K Rabada16.443432.0400
    KA Maharaj602003.3300
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    14.6 top edge and it's taken at point. Pandya pulls it off, again. This is his staple length. Short of good. And it offers Markram no room to free the arms. Yet the batsman wants to take it on. He plays what is a mangled version of a shot - half a pull, half a flick - and watches the ball settle into Bhuvneshwar's hands 52/1
    16.4 Pandya strikes, and it's the main man, Elgar. Pandya is having a stunner of a day. Full delivery outside off, Elgar goes wafting, gets a thick outside edge and straight to the keeper. Very similar to the first innings. He wasn't really sure of where his off stump was, right through that innings. Didn't need to play at that either. It seemed like Elgar played slightly inside the line too. 59/2
    25.5 Edged and Kohli takes it. He throws the ball onto the ground and celebrates wildly. The India captain moved to his right from second slip and snapped it up in front of Pujara at first slip. Shami digs it shorter and gets it to tail away outside off, Rabada is squared up. He flaps a catch behind. He is facing midwicket by the time Kohli grabs the catch. Shami reaps reward for attacking the outside edge. Both batsmen from day two have been dismissed early on day four 73/4
    21.3 Rohit claims the catch, but Amla stands his ground. Was that a clean catch? The soft signal from umpire Gough is out. Back of a length and speared outside off, Amla chases the ball away from the body and looks to punch it through the covers but his foot is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. The slow-mo's on TV are blurred, the evidence isn't conclusive enough. The ball dies sharply on Rohit, he bends low and takes it with both hands? Kohli is pumped. Think TV umpire Reiffel will go with the soft signal. And yes, he sends Amla on his way and India find the early wicket they were looking for on day four. Loose, loose shot from Amla, though, having a crack at a ball that was pushed on a sixth-seventh stump line outside off 66/3
    41.2 pulled, but taken in the deep! Good length outside off and pulled off the back foot, doesn't have the distance as Bhuvi takes a sharp catch from inches inside the cow-corner boundary. India need 208 to win. 130/10
    28.4 that's a ripper from Bumrah! How do you play this? Absolutely unplayable to be honest. Good length at 141ks, bursts off the pitch, and angling into Faf. He presses forward thinking it's a simple length ball but is surprised by the extra bounce and loosens his grip but the ball catches the top glove and flies through to Saha. What a brute of a ball from a Test debutant and a man playing his first first-class match after a year. #ScenesinNewlands 82/5
    30.4 biiiiig nip-backer from Bumrah. Terrific ball. Saha goes up for a caught-behind appeal. Saha moves to his right and grabs it in front of his head. Top catch. Ultra Edge detects a spike. Umpire Kettleborough has to reverse his on-field not-out decision. De Kock has to go, and Kohli is pumped. Back of a length, starts outside off, and seams back in sharply. The batsman pushes outside the line and inside-edges it behind 92/6
    33.4 big shout for lbw! And given! Philander's reviewing straight away. On the length between full and good, lands on off stump and moves into the right-hander after pitching, Philander's playing down the wrong line as the ball smacks his front leg. Impact in front of middle, and the ball would've gone on to crash into leg stump. He's got to go and South Africa lose a review. 95/7
    38.4 feather edge, and taken by the keeper! Full outside off and Maharaj goes fishing at this wide ball, takes a tiny edge as the ball goes past his bat. Pouched easily by Saha, his ninth dismissal for the match. 122/8
    40.2 short on leg stump, and Morkel gets his bat in front of his face in an attempt to block the ball. Takes the top of his bat, as the ball lobs over to the keeper. That's Saha's tenth dismissal of the match, an India record for a single Test. 130/9
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    TOTAL
    130 all out (41.2 Overs, RR: 3.14, 203 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-52 (AK Markram, 14.6 ov), 2-59 (D Elgar, 16.4 ov), 3-66 (HM Amla, 21.3 ov), 4-73 (K Rabada, 25.5 ov), 5-82 (F du Plessis, 28.4 ov), 6-92 (Q de Kock, 30.4 ov), 7-95 (VD Philander, 33.4 ov), 8-122 (KA Maharaj, 38.4 ov), 9-130 (M Morkel, 40.2 ov), 10-130 (AB de Villiers, 41.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    B Kumar1153323.0020
    JJ Bumrah11.213933.4400
    Mohammed Shami1232832.3300
    HH Pandya602724.5000
    R Ashwin10303.0000
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    8.5 edged and AB de Villiers pulls off a belting catch! Philander keeps nagging away just outside off, keeps it full, finds just enough movement to take the outside edge. De Villiers dives low to his left from third slip and takes it right in front of second slip. India's middle order has been exposed early 30/2
    7.5 Morkel bounces out Dhawan to provide SA with the breakthrough! Back of a length on middle, rears up and rushes Dhawan into a pull. He is caught in an awkward tangle - it wasn't the full-blooded pull, it was the leave either. Dhawan loops it to Morris running in from gully off the splice 30/1
    12.2 defends inside the line of the ball, and it's edged! Back of a length outside off, but angling into Pujara. He tried to defend off the back foot, but the ball didn't angle in as much. Just a bit of directional change off the surface, and that has deceived Pujara. Takes the outside edge, and pouched behind. India lose their third to a terrific delivery 39/3
    21.4 Philander traps Kohli. He was so confident that he did not turn around - he simply ran through in celebration. This was nice and full, jagging back in to hit the front pad in front of middle stump. Kohli was caught playing around his front pad. Struck on the knee-roll, but the tracker returns three reds. Hitting leg stump. Huge wicket for SA 71/4
    23.2 What a double-strike from Philander. He knocks out the middle stump. Maharaj would be more relieved, I suppose. Back of a length and outside off, this isn't a full-blooded punch from Rohit. He does not meet the pitch or flay it through the line. He simply wafts at it and drags a thick inside edge back onto the stumps 76/5
    28.6 Philander wins an lbw verdict from Kettleborough. Saha consults with his partner and challenges the on-field out decision. After swinging the ball away from Saha, Rabada brings this full ball back into Saha. It tails in sharply and another Indian batsman plays around his front pad. It looks very adjacent, and the tracker suggests it would go onto brush the outside of the leg stump. So, India lose their seventh wicket at the stroke of tea 82/7
    24.1 AB dives to his right from gully, plucks the catch with both hands, and sends-off Pandya. Rabada spears it full and gets it to hold its line outside off, Pandya reaches out for the ball with his hands and nicks off. This could all end quickly for India 77/6
    42.1 First ball de Kock is upto the stumps, he pulls off a terrific catch. Is it the catch that seals the game? The eighth-wicket stand ends on 49. Good length and wobbles away outside off - not all that short - Ashwin slashes a cut and edges it behind. De Kock swiftly closes his gloves around the ball 131/8
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    42.3 That's a five-wicket haul for Philander. Full and swings away outside off, Shami has a naughty flirt at it wide outside off. Philander finds the outside edge, Faf dives to his left from second slip and snaffles it. SA just one away from 1-0 135/9
    42.4 That is that. Philander, fittingly, wraps up the game for SA with career-best returns of 6 for 42! Bumrah bags a duck on Test debut. Full, pitches on off, and bends away just outside off, Bumrah is opened up as he sends an outside edge behind. Faf dives forward from second slip and pouches it 135/10
    Extras
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    TOTAL
    135 all out (42.4 Overs, RR: 3.16, 201 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-30 (S Dhawan, 7.5 ov), 2-30 (M Vijay, 8.5 ov), 3-39 (CA Pujara, 12.2 ov), 4-71 (V Kohli, 21.4 ov), 5-76 (RG Sharma, 23.2 ov), 6-77 (HH Pandya, 24.1 ov), 7-82 (WP Saha, 28.6 ov), 8-131 (R Ashwin, 42.1 ov), 9-135 (Mohammed Shami, 42.3 ov), 10-135 (JJ Bumrah, 42.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    VD Philander15.444262.6800
    M Morkel1113923.5400
    K Rabada1224123.4100
    KA Maharaj411203.0000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 05 Jan - day 1 - India 1st innings 28/3 (CA Pujara 5*, RG Sharma 0*, 11 ov)
  • Sat, 06 Jan - day 2 - South Africa 2nd innings 65/2 (K Rabada 2*, HM Amla 4*, 20 ov)
  • Sun, 07 Jan - day 3 - no play
  • Mon, 08 Jan - day 4 - India 2nd innings 135 (42.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Philander's best

6/44

Vernon Philander's figures in the second innings - his career-best in Tests. He ended the Test with three wickets in four balls.

Another bowlers' session

7/82

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.

India's session

8/65

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.

Rare high for pacers

1

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.

Amla fails again

23.10

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.

Solid recovery

92

Runs added by India's first 7 wickets. Pandya and Bhuvneshwar have added more than that so far.

Philander's hundredth

100+

Wkts for Philander in Tests at home in 23 Tests. Pujara was his 100th wicket.

Top-order busted

39

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.

Pacers' day

2

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.

Standing strong

2013

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.

Three-down quickly

1

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.

Striking start

1992

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.

Toss matters?

7-1

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.