RESULT
1st Test, Centurion, December 26 - 30, 2021, India tour of South Africa
327 & 174
(T:305) 197 & 191

India won by 113 runs

Player Of The Match
KL Rahul, INDIA
123 & 23
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Scores: Chandan Duorah
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Comms: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
India 327/10(105.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
KL Rahul 123 (260)
Lungi Ngidi6/71 (24)
Kagiso Rabada3/72 (26)
South Africa 197/10(62.3 overs)
1st INNINGS
Mohammed Shami5/44 (16)
Jasprit Bumrah2/16 (7.2)
India 174/10(50.3 overs)
2nd INNINGS
KL Rahul 23 (74)
Kagiso Rabada4/42 (17)
Marco Jansen4/55 (13.3)
South Africa 191/10(68 overs)
2nd INNINGS
Dean Elgar 77 (156)
Jasprit Bumrah3/50 (19)
Mohammed Shami3/63 (17)
end of over 681 run • 2 wickets
SA: 191/10CRR: 2.80 
Temba Bavuma35 (80)
Ravichandran Ashwin 9-2-18-2
Mohammed Shami 17-3-63-3

So, India finish the year on a high. South Africa have some homework to do. We will have our analysis pieces up soon. Meanwhile, do read Sid Monga's report in case you missed the action, or want to relive another memorable win for India. For now, that's all from my side. See you soon.

KL Rahul is the Player of the Match: It was just grit and determination, I really wanted to get my team off a good start. The opening stand was crucial. It's been more about my mindset, I have worked a little bit on my technique, I worked really hard on my game when I was out of the team for a couple of years. It's all coming together now. The discipline I think is the biggest contributor. Virat just mentioned that our fast bowlers have shown great heart, not just today but over the last two-three years. It's still the first game of the series, we want to take this confidence into the series and win another Test in a few days' time.

Virat Kohli: We got off to the perfect start we wanted to. Getting the result in four days shows how well we played. It's always a difficult place, South Africa, but we were clinical with bat, ball and in the field. A lot of credit goes to Mayank and KL and we were in pole position at 270 for 3 after day one. We had a lot of belief in our bowling unit to get the job done. We spoke about it in the change room. Since he didn't bowl much in the first innings, it helped opposition get those extra runs. Just the way these guys bowl together, it's just a hallmark of our team getting a result from that position. Shami is an absolutely world-class bowler, among top three seam bowlers in the world for me. Very, very happy for him to get 200 wickets and have an impactful performances.

Dean Elgar: It was always going to be a bit tough. We could have executed our lengths better on day one but we fought back after lunch but then we let it slip a little bit after tea. Our bowlers were brilliant after that [on day three]. It was great to restrict India. But with bat in hand, we let ourselves down quite a lot. I say the difference was the batting. I think we can have a little sit down and strategise going forward. I don't think we did a lot wrong.

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Prasanna S: "Overall SA did way better than what it was on day 1. Their bowling attack is on safe hands for future. Batting will take 2 - 3 years to evolve, one can't replace the class of Smith, Amla, Kallis, ABD and Faf overnight. Petersen looks promising and they need to persist with promising youngsters and be patient."

Shohit: "SA not crossing 200 in both innings. "

Ashish: "Toss between Rahul and Shami for the MoM. And I feel it will be Rahul cos run scoring was difficult and he scored a glorious hundred on the opening day."

sanju: "MOM pick might be KL Rahul, as he is the only difference between the two sides and the win margin is his first innings score!"

Ramanujam: "First 40 overs on 1st day is the difference between the 2 sides"

12.50pm At the start of the year, India breached Gabba, they end the year by breaching yet another fortress. Yes, this South African side is going through transition but they are always formidable at home. And when the second day was washed out, many thought a draw was the most likely result. But the Centurion pitch changed its nature, as it does mostly, on day three. Eighteen wickets fell that day, which kind of made up for the lost time. India couldn't score many in their second innings but their first-innings lead meant South Africa were chasing a daunting 305. Elgar fought hard on a difficult pitch and against a relentless Indian attack, Bavuma showed fight as well but that was all the South African batting line-up had to offer. Shami was precise, Siraj energetic and Bumrah magical as India took only 68 overs to wrap up the South African innings. India take 1-0 lead in the series with their first ever Test win at Centurion.

67.6
W
Ashwin to Ngidi, OUT

and it's all over. Tossed up around off, spinning in. Ngidi pushes at it, gets an inside edge and Pujara accepts it gleefully at leg slip. (And no, Ashwin will not be on a hat-trick in the next Test)

Lungi Ngidi c Pujara b Ashwin 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Ngidi. Ashwin goes over the wicket

67.5
W
Ashwin to Rabada, OUT

tossed up, slower through the air, shorter in length as well. Rabada once again goes for the drive. Once again he gets the outside edge and this time it loops to the backward point fielder

Kagiso Rabada c Mohammed Shami b Ashwin 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
67.4
Ashwin to Rabada, no run

tossed up outside off, goes for the drive. Gets an outside edge but it lands safe behind point

67.3
Ashwin to Rabada, no run

length ball around off, defended on the off side

Around the wicket

67.2
1
Ashwin to Bavuma, 1 run

fuller on the stumps, flicked towards backward square leg

67.1
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run

fuller around off, comes forward and blocks

Ashwin from the other end. A slip and catching midwicket

end of over 678 runs • 1 wicket
SA: 190/8CRR: 2.83 
Kagiso Rabada0 (1)
Temba Bavuma34 (78)
Mohammed Shami 17-3-63-3
Ravichandran Ashwin 8-2-17-0

David: "Bavuma needs to start slogging and cross his fingers"

66.6
Shami to Rabada, no run

fuller around off, comes forward and blocks

Around the wicket to Rabada

66.5
W
Shami to Jansen, OUT

this time Shami gets an outside edge. Pant does the rest, gets to low to his right to pouch it. It was similar to the last delivery, on a good length around fourth stump. Jansen comes forward to defend but manages only an outside edge. India two away now

Marco Jansen c †Pant b Mohammed Shami 13 (33m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 92.85
66.4
Shami to Jansen, no run

beaten! That's a superb delivery. A length ball, coming in with the angle but leaving the batter at the last moment. Jansen was looking to defend but misses

Dipak raaj: "Hopes also on rain... You missed that"

66.3
Shami to Jansen, no run

length ball around off, wobbling in. Jansen gets an inside edge towards square leg as he comes forward to defend

66.2
4
Shami to Jansen, FOUR runs

four more, a much more convincing shot this time. Shami goes fuller again, this time Jansen leans into the drive and sends it to the left of mid-off

66.1
4
Shami to Jansen, FOUR runs

fuller outside off, Jansen goes for the drive, gets an outside edge that goes between second slip and gully

12.40pm The players are on the field, under blue skies. Beautiful sunshine. Shami will resume for India. Two slips and a gully and a catching short midwicket

12.30pm Welcome back. India just three wickets away now. South Africa's diminishing hopes rest on Bavuma. The second new ball is 14 overs away.

end of over 66Maiden
SA: 182/7CRR: 2.75 
Temba Bavuma34 (78)
Marco Jansen5 (9)
Ravichandran Ashwin 8-2-17-0
Mohammed Shami 16-3-55-2

Noon That's lunch on the final day. India's seamers have removed Elgar, de Kock, and Mulder this morning to leave the visitors three wickets away from breaching fortress Centurion. "There is a cloud build-up from behind the ground," says Firdose Moonda. We will be back in 40 minutes for what could be the last session of this Test.

Elsewhere, the Indian women's hockey team's sterling win against Australia is ESPN India's pick for match of the year. Read more here..


65.6
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run

this one doesn't turn, Bavuma searches for it and slices an outside edge into the off side

65.5
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run

Bavuma shuffles across and works this to the leg side with the turn

65.4
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run

looped up at off stump, dead-batted away by Bavuma

65.3
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run

flighted and sliding into off, Bavuma defends it off the front foot

65.2
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run

on a back of a length and outside off, punched to cover off the back foot

65.1
Ashwin to Bavuma, no run
end of over 653 runs
SA: 182/7CRR: 2.80 
Marco Jansen5 (9)
Temba Bavuma34 (72)
Mohammed Shami 16-3-55-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 7-1-17-0
64.6
Shami to Jansen, no run

dug in short, Jansen ducks under it

64.5
1
Shami to Bavuma, 1 run

clipped away to the right of mid-on

Best performances - batters
KL Rahul
KL Rahul INDIA
123 runs (260)
17 fours1 six
Control
86%
Productive shot
flick
31 runs
4 fours0 six
12103113711930
D Elgar
D Elgar SA
77 runs (156)
12 fours0 six
Control
83%
Productive shot
flick
37 runs
5 fours0 six
713213222414
Best performances - bowlers
L Ngidi
L Ngidi SA
O
24
M
5
R
71
W
6
ECO
2.95
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami INDIA
O
16
M
5
R
44
W
5
ECO
2.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
SuperSport Park, Centurion
TossIndia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
India
KL Rahul
Series resultIndia led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2443
Hours of play (local time)10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2021 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Marco Jansen
Marco Jansen
Umpires
South Africa
Adrian Holdstock
South Africa
Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
South Africa
Allahudien Paleker
Reserve Umpire
South Africa
Bongani Jele
Match Referee
Zimbabwe
Andy Pycroft
PointsIndia 11, South Africa 0
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