result
1st Test, Cape Town, Jan 5 - Jan 8 2018, India tour of South Africa
286 & 130
(42.4 ov, target 208)209 & 135
South Africa won by 72 runs
player of the match
Vernon Philander
South Africa
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• The Report by Alagappan Muthu

South Africa 1-0 up after 18 wickets in 64 overs

Vernon Philander took career-best innings figures of 6 for 42 as the hosts comfortably defended a target of 208 at Newlands

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
South Africa286/10(73.1 overs)1st INNINGS
India209/10(73.4 overs)1st INNINGS
South Africa130/10(41.2 overs)2nd INNINGS
India135/10(42.4 overs)2nd INNINGS

5.15pm Despite the entire third day getting washed out, South Africa go 1-0 up with more than a day to spare. What a cracking day of Test cricket - 18 wickets tumbled in 64 overs. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Thanks for tuning in. I will leave you with Al Muthu's report. Goodbye and good night for now.

If you had missed the action from day four, you can watch the highlights here (India subcontinent only)

WATCH (Ind subcontinent only) - Philander wraps up SA's win with Bumrah wicket

WATCH (Ind subcontinent only) - Philander gets Shami

Whizzbang: ""They were a bowler short but they pitched the balls in the right areas and bowled their hearts out" That says it all. Protea Fire. You can't extinguish it!"

Kung Fu Pandya: "India in the next Test should go in with Rahane and KL Rahul. KL and Vijay are more solid and Rahane has shown he can make runs in overseas conditions. Kohli I think is fine despite making low scores overseas. He was looking fluent for his 28 and is not far from making a significant score."

VISWAGOPAL: "First innings AB's knock makes the difference to this game. Both the side's second innings pretty much same score. Well played by both the teams"

Vedhas: "Hoping for a better selection from Team India for starters. Fielding the best team is a good way to start winning matches. KL Rahul and Jinks are definitely better than the guys

occupying their posts. "

Adarsh: "There would be a lot of talk on Indian batting deficiencies, but I feel that the biggest difference has been the quality of slip catching. The drop of Maharaj cost India 35 runs directly. And I see no way in which any other team could catch the blinders SA slips pulled off diving forward in the second innings."

Presentation

Virat Kohli: Well in hindsight, we lost by 70-odd, if we had taken chances in the first innings, they would have been 220. Losing wickets in bunches we have to plug in. We were in the game for the three days and it was a wonderful match to be part of. We would have taken that if someone told 208 would be the target. It was a great effort but we needed someone to get a 75 or 80. 20 or 30 is not enough. They were a bowler short but they pitched the balls in the right areas and bowled their hearts out. We need to rectify our mistakes also. Batting, as I said, we need to think about stringing partnerships. This game is all about partnerships, and crucial runs, and they did better. The bowlers learnt pretty quickly and did well in the second innings. We are still feeling good about how we went about this Test match. The mindset really matters when you travel away from home. You need to positive in defence and leaving, and cash in on scoring. We believe in Pandya, he always wants to do well, even away from home. He showed a lot of character and the knock was brilliant

Faf du Plessis: Every single time in this Test, we had to stand up in tough periods. The way we responded was brilliant. Even with them getting to a decent start, we stuck to our guns. The first morning we expected it to move around, but quite a bit of damage was done in the first hour. I thought 270 was par, Pandya then took risks and it came off. Once again, the bowlers stepped up. The plan was to try and get 200 runs and have a lead of 350 and have a crack at them. We were surprised how much the ball was doing. It was like a day one pitch. Green, again. It was a good pitch, though, and there was a good challenge between the bat and ball. It is really important to put the opposition under pressure in a three-match series. Dale would have been a real handful. We feel sorry for him and wish him a speedy recovery. And thanks to the great crowd over the three days.

Vernon Philander, Man of the Match: Coming to Newlands, it is generally slow, but they caught us off guard in the first morning. It was a wonderful effort with the bat from us in the first innings. What better crowd, what better conditions you can ask for! I think the ways the boys went about is was special. We were one seamer down but KG and Morne also bowled pretty well. I have been coming back after the break, so I felt a little stiff. Look, Dale has been one hell of a champion, one hell of a leader. Hopefully, he is back as soon as possible.

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South Africa did not have Steyn - down with a heel injury in the fourth innings - but Philander stepped up with career-best figures to lead the hosts to 1-0. He waves to the crowd and soaks in the applause. He kept nagging away outside off and found sharp movement from a Newlands pitch, which threw up several unplayable deliveries. He first had Vijay nicking off and then worked his way through the middle and lower order. Morne Morkel wasn't as threatening with the new ball but soon hit rhythm and bounced out Dhawan and Pujara.

India seemed to have a good chance in the 208 chase when Kohli was batting fluently but then Philander returned to pin the India captain with an inswinger. He was so confident that he did not spin around to appeal and kept running away in celebration. There was no stopping him today.

Robin Sharma : "When your number 8 and 9 batsmen face more deliveries (94) and score 50 runs as compared 65 balls faced by Top 3 batsmen for just 33 runs, how can any team win a match like this. Poor batting "

Lakshman Kumar: "This is the second time that SA lost Steyn in the middle of a Test match due to an injury and the remaining bowlers stood up and won them the match..! They did it against the Aussies and now with India..! Great crop of fast bowlers..!"

WATCH - R Ashwin caught behind by de Kock (Ind subcontinent only)

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42.4
W
Philander to Bumrah, OUT

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

Jasprit Bumrah c du Plessis b Philander 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
42.3
W
Philander to Shami, OUT

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

Mohammed Shami c du Plessis b Philander 4 (3m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200
42.2
4
Philander to Shami, FOUR runs

full and swings in on off, Shami dances out and lofts it straight of mid-on with a high elbow. Shot

Shami. The keeper moves back

42.1
W
Philander to Ashwin, OUT

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

Ravichandran Ashwin c †de Kock b Philander 37 (81m 53b 5x4 0x6) SR: 69.81
end of over 426 runs
INDIA: 131/7CRR: 3.11 
Ravichandran Ashwin37 (52)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar13 (41)
Keshav Maharaj4-1-12-0
Vernon Philander15-4-38-3
41.6
1
Maharaj to Ashwin, 1 run

this one slides in with the arm, Ashwin searches for turn, and inside-edges it square on the leg side

41.5
2
Maharaj to Ashwin, 2 runs

drifts in on off and spins away further, Ashwin squirts another outside edge to third man

41.4
2
Maharaj to Ashwin, 2 runs

Maharaj draws Ashwin out of the crease and gets it to break away a touch. Ashwin has a loose drive at it and edges it past the right of only slip

41.3
1
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

tossed on middle, driven past the right of mid-on

41.2
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, no run

length ball, breaks away outside off, dabbed with soft hands to point

41.1
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, no run

really full and dips on leg stump, squeezed to square leg

end of over 412 runs
INDIA: 125/7CRR: 3.04 
Ravichandran Ashwin32 (49)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar12 (38)
Vernon Philander15-4-38-3
Keshav Maharaj3-1-6-0
40.6
Philander to Ashwin, no run

full and slanting in on off, Ashwin deploys a big stride and pushes the ball down the ground to mid-on

40.5
Philander to Ashwin, no run

good-length inswinger, moves in late, Ashwin reads it well and defends stoutly. He gesticulates that nipped in

Sundar S: "No no no no no! Get Sreshth back. No one moves. not even to the loo. This is a decent partnership developing. You can't do that!" --- Sreshth just moved away, you've got to put up with me

40.4
Philander to Ashwin, no run

pitches on off and nips away, Ashwin presses forward and blocks to cover with a straight bat

40.3
1
Philander to Bhuvneshwar, 1 run

back of a length and holds its line outside off, run away past gully with soft hands

40.2
1
Philander to Ashwin, 1 run

on a length and outside off, Ashwin presses forward and guides it off the face to deep point

40.1
Philander to Ashwin, no run

full awayswinger from Philander, left alone

Cheers, Sreshth

end of over 404 runs
INDIA: 123/7CRR: 3.07 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar11 (37)
Ravichandran Ashwin31 (44)
Keshav Maharaj3-1-6-0
Vernon Philander14-4-36-3

With that, I'm off for a bit. Deiva's back to keep you entertained.

39.6
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, no run

tossed up outside off in a hopeful attempt to entice the batsman for a big shot. Chooses to drive to mid off instead.

39.5
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, no run

tossed up full on off stump, defended off the front foot once more

39.4
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, no run

full on off stump once more, fended back to Maharaj

39.3
Maharaj to Bhuvneshwar, no run

another full ball outside off, blocked off the front foot

silly point in place now

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14 fours
1 six
Control72%
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3 fours
0 sixes
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AB de Villiers
65 runs (84)
11 fours
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15.4
M
4
R
42
W
6
ECO
2.68
  • FT
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OFFLEG
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2W
LEGOFF
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19
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4
R
87
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4
ECO
4.58
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
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LEGOFF
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Match details
Newlands, Cape Town
TossSouth Africa, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of South Africa
Season2017/18
Player Of The Match
Vernon Philander
Vernon Philander
Series resultSouth Africa led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTEST No. 2292
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days5,6,7,8 January 2018 - day match (5-day match)
Test debut
Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah
Umpires
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Michael Gough
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Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
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Bongani Jele
Match Referee
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Chris Broad