1st Test, Visakhapatnam, Oct 2-6 2019, ICC World Test Championship
502/7d & 323/4d
(63.5 ov, target 395)
431 & 191
India won by 203 runs
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Varun Shetty

Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami wrap up huge win for India

Piedt and Muthusamy's rearguard effort not enough to repair damage caused by top-order slide

Match centre 
Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Hemant Brar (@Cricquest)
Scorecard summary
India502/7d(136 overs)1st Innings
Mayank Agarwal215 (371)
Rohit Sharma176 (244)
South Africa431(131.2 overs)1st Innings
Dean Elgar160 (287)
Quinton de Kock111 (163)
India323/4d(67 overs)2nd Innings
South Africa191(63.5 overs)2nd Innings

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Rohit Sharma, the Man of the Match: Thanks to everyone for giving me that opportunity but the focus was on winning the match. The communication to me happened a couple of years ago that I might open at some stage. So even when I wasn't playing Tests, I was batting against the new balls in the nets. No matter what ball you play, red or white, if you are starting the innings, you need to be careful. When the ball is doing a little bit, you have to access the situation. That's what my game is all about, a bit of caution and a bit of aggression. The whole focus was to go out there and have fun.

Virat Kohli: I think the wicket played really good for the first three days. We lost one session so it was going to be a bit tougher. But once you have 500 on the board, it's difficult for the opposition. Mayank and Rohit played brilliantly. Pujara too in the second innings. It was a hard grind though because of the weather and the pitch slowing down. It's all about the attitude. If fast bowlers step out thinking, spinners are going to do the job, then it's not going to happen. But fast bowlers have been brilliant in India as well. They might prefer shorter spells but it's all about wanting to do for the team. Jaddu and Ash again really really good. Ash in the first innings especially, given the conditions. Jadeja in the second making those quick wickets. But Shami has been a wicket-taker for us in the second innings for quite some time now. This lot of SG balls is much better than the last lot. The hard ball obviously makes it difficult for the batsmen. We would like to see the ball remaining hard till about 60 overs. This was better from the last lot but we would like to stay it hard for 60 overs.

Faf du Plessis: India batted really well in the first innings. We fought well but the second innings was tough. Rohit played really well. I thought up until this morning we competed really well. You can always sit after a game like this what you can do but apart from Shami this morning, the seamers' job was of holding. On a day five pitch, things happen quicker, but it's the nature of Test cricket.

Time for the post-match presentation.

India now have 160 points on the World Test Championship table with three wins in three games, strengthening their pole position.

Mohammed Shami: It's difficult to bowl on such a wicket because it was getting slower. So the plan was to bowl at the stumps. Jaddu and Ash bowled well. We knew variable bounce and reverse swing would help us in the second innings. So we tried to attack the stumps. It was important to get the top batters out as early as possible.

1.48pm So a 203-run victory for India. Could have been even more if not for the ninth-wicket stand between Piedt and Muthusamy. Apart from Shami, Jadeja too picked up four, three of them in the same over. India looked like a well-oiled machine. Rohit shone with twin tons while opening the innings for the first time in a Test. Agarwal got his maiden Test ton, in fact a double, as well. Ashwin and Jadeja contributed with the ball as they always have at home. On the other hand, a lot of questions for South Africa.

Mohammed Shami to Rabada, OUT
and there is that edge. Saha makes no mistake, Shami gets five. Fuller outside off, Rabada once again goes for a big drive, gets a healthy edge and an easy catch for Saha
K Rabada c †Saha b Mohammed Shami 18 (19b 3x4 1x6) SR: 94.73
Mohammed Shami to Rabada, no run
length ball, around sixth stump, looks to drive without any feet movement, beaten

Around the wicket

Mohammed Shami to Rabada, no run
fuller on the stumps, goes for the slog, mistimes it towards short midwicket
Mohammed Shami to Rabada, no run
short of length around off, doesn't bounce much, taps it towards covers

Two slips, two short midwickets

Mohammed Shami to Muthusamy, 1 run
length ball on the pads, tucked away towards fine leg
end of over 635 runs
SA: 190/9CRR: 3.01 
Kagiso Rabada18 (15)
Senuran Muthusamy48 (107)
Ravindra Jadeja25-6-87-4
Mohammed Shami10-2-34-4
Jadeja to Rabada, FOUR runs
short of length outside off, cuts it through covers for four more
Jadeja to Rabada, no run
length outside off, looks to defend well inside the line, beaten
Jadeja to Muthusamy, 1 run
fuller outside off, goes for the slog, an inside edge towards backward square leg
Jadeja to Muthusamy, no run
fuller around off, lunges forward and blocks
Jadeja to Muthusamy, no run
length ball on the pads, tucked away in front of square leg
Jadeja to Muthusamy, no run
length ball around off, opens the face at the last moment to work it towards off side
end of over 629 runs
SA: 185/9CRR: 2.98 
Kagiso Rabada14 (13)
Senuran Muthusamy47 (103)
Mohammed Shami10-2-34-4
Ravindra Jadeja24-6-82-4
Mohammed Shami to Rabada, no run
length ball around off, defended towards point from the crease
Mohammed Shami to Rabada, no run
length ball in the channel, Rabada is stuck in the crease, pushes at it and misses
Mohammed Shami to Rabada, no run
fuller on the pads, looks to drive on the leg side, misses
Mohammed Shami to Muthusamy, 5 runs
length ball around off, tapped towards covers, Jadeja has a shy at the striker's end. A direct hit would have been out but Jadeja misses and that's four overthrows

Two traditional slips now

Mohammed Shami to Muthusamy, FOUR runs
fuller outside off, gets his bat down, a thick outside edge goes between the keeper and the wide slip. Don't think it would have carried to first slip though, was going down
Mohammed Shami to Muthusamy, no run
length ball angling in, tucked away towards short midwicket

Around the wicket

end of over 6110 runs
SA: 176/9CRR: 2.88 
Kagiso Rabada14 (10)
Senuran Muthusamy38 (100)
Ravindra Jadeja24-6-82-4
Mohammed Shami9-2-25-4
Jadeja to Rabada, SIX runs
too full this time and tonked over long-on, right from the middle of the bat
Best performances - batsmen
MA Agarwal
215 runs (371)
23 fours
6 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
41 runs
6 fours
1 sixes
RG Sharma
176 runs (244)
23 fours
6 sixes
Productive shot
on drive
36 runs
1 fours
4 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
R Ashwin
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Mohammed Shami
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
Match details
Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
TossIndia , elected to bat first
SeriesICC World Test Championship 2019
Player Of The Match
Rohit Sharma
Series resultIndia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2363
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days2,3,4,5,6 October 2019 (5-day match)
Test debut
Senuran Muthusamy
Richard Illingworth
Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson
PointsIndia 40, South Africa 0