South Africa, despite missing Dale Steyn, were driven to a 72-run win in the first Test match by Vernon Philander. The pacer took his career best figures of 6 for 42 and helped his team beat India by 135 run in the 1st Test in Cape Town. South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three match series. India were set a target of 208 by they were struggling at 72 for 6 when the South Africa rattled the top order. R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared a 49-run stand for India before Philander returned after his first spell to clean up the tail as well. This is after India fought their way back into the Test by bowling out South Africa for just 130 in the second innings. The hosts resumed proceedings, after a washed out Day 3, at 65/2 and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mohammed Shami (3/28) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/39) did the early damage and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/33) too returned with two wickets in what was a brilliant morning session for the visitors.
India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 4 Highlights:-
GONE AND IT’S ALL OVER IN CAPE TOWN! Vernon Philander continues his love affair with Newlands as he picks six wickets and South Africa win the Test by 72 runs. India bowled out for 135.
2015 hrs IST: WICKET! Shami is gone. Five wickets for Philander! South Africa need one more wicket
2012 hrs IST :WICKET! Philander has done it and broken the stand between Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar! South Africa brought the keeper up to the stumps. Ashwin gets an outside edge and De Kock takes a good catch.
2010 hrs IST: Virat Kohli applauding every run that Ashwin and Bhuvi get at Newlands. Can they continue the good work?
1955 hrs IST: Somehow this Indian pair of Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar has survived. India still far from the target of 208 runs but there is hope
1940 hrs IST: A beautiful straight drive from Ashwin and India’s score is past 100 now. Can they come closer to the target?
1925 hrs IST: Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander bowling in tandem against Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
1915 hrs IST: Players back after Tea at Newlands. India need 125 more runs to win this Test but South Africa need only 3 wickets
1855 hrs IST: WICKET! Wriddhiman Saha is gone. Rabada gets his third wicket. The ball came back sharply into Saha and he is adjudged LBW. Review by India but that it shows the ball kissing the leg-stump. And that is Tea!
1832 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa are all over India at Newlands. Hardik Pandya gone for one! He pokes at a wide delivery and gets the outside edge! AB de Villiers takes a good catch at third slip. India 6 down
Doesn’t help India in these conditions that two of their top three have a very defensive mindset. #IndvSa
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 8 January 2018
1827 hrs IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma doesn’t survive long after the dropped catch. He gets an inside edge back on to his middle stump and has to walk back to the pavilion. India 76 for 5 now!
Was the same score when Pandya came in to bat in the first innings……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 8 January 2018
1823 hrs IST: Dropped! Rohit Sharma plays an awkward hook off rising short delivery from Rabada. That shot is skied and travels to deep square-leg where Keshav Maharaj makes a compelte mess of the catch!
1818 hrs IST: WICKET! Big wicket for South Africa as Virat Kohli is dismissed LBW! He shuffled across the stumps and the ball straightened. Kohli misses it completely and is gone. India 71 for 4 now
1813 hrs IST: Kohli gets an outside edge but doesn’t carry to Faf du Plessis at the second slip. India still surviving the pace attack of South Africa
1750 hrs IST: South Africa still operating with their three pacers Philander, Morkel and Rabada. This will be a tough time for the Indian batsmen with the pressure of chasing a target
1740 hrs IST: South Africa have their tail up after the three quick wickets. But if India have the wickets in hand, there will be one point when South Africa will operate their spinner which will ease the pressure on India
1732 hrs IST: WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara is caught behind. A top delivery for Morne Morkel that just moved away and take the shoulder of Pujara’s bat. Wicket number three falls for India
And Pujara gets an unplayable ball. The bowlers are the rulers here
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 8 January 2018
1722 hrs IST: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara out in the middle for India. They are 31 for 2 and need 177 more runs to win the match and take lead in the series.
1717 hrs IST: WICKET! One gets two for South Africa. Murali Vijay, after surviving two reviews, is caught at the slips. Vernon Philander, the bowler who appealed on both the occasions, gets him. Good delivery that held its line and Vijay gets a thick edge to third slip.
1710 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa finally get the first wicket. Shikhar Dhawan undone by the extra bounce which Morne Morkel gets. It bounces more than Dhawan expected and he gets a leading edge. Caught at gully!
1701 hrs IST: Runs are coming for India at the moment as Dhawan and Vijay take the total to 24/0 after six overs. Openers will hold key in a chase like this and it’s important these two hang around
1645 hrs IST: Vijay shuffles a long way across and fails to put bat and ball. The fielders and bowler go up and umpire raises his finger. Vijay chats with Dhawan and goes for the DRS. Replays suggest ball would have gone over the stumps. Kohli is certainly pumped as his opener survives in the 208-run chase. India 2/0
1639 hrs IST: No Asian team has won a Test at Newlands. If India manage to score the required 208 runs, they will create history
1635 hrs IST: India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay walk out for the chase, Vernon Philander to commence proceedings with the shining cherry
1556 hrs IST: ALL OVER! AB goes big but finds Bhuvi, who takes a brilliant catch near the ropes. South Africa are bundled out for 130 and have set India a 208-run target. Top bowling effort by India. Bumrah and Shami picked three wickets each and got able support from Pandya and Bhuvi. Lunch has been taken and India will shortly come out for the exciting chase
1550 hrs IST: WICKET! Nasty bouncer from Bhuvi and Morkel presents an easy catch to Saha behind the stumps. The stumper has now taken 10 catches in the match. South Africa nine down and Styen walks out to bat
1543 hrs IST: Morne Morkel comes out to bat but all eyes pan towards South Africa dressing room as Dale Steyn puts the pads on. The seamer has been ruled out of the series due to an injury but will come out to bat today
1540 hrs IST: EDGE AND GONE! Bhuvi bowls at the right length, in the right corridor, to find Maharaj’s edge. Saha completes a regulation catch, his ninth in the match so far, and South Africa in real trouble at 122/8
1536 hrs IST: Double change as Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack
1531 hrs IST: Change in the bowling as Kohli brings Pandya into the attack. The seamer scalped both openers in quick succession in the second innings and would be looking to send the dangerous AB back
1524 hrs IST: Maharaj flicks one to the deep and brings up the 100 for South Africa. The hosts now lead by 177 runs and have three wickets in hand
1514 hrs IST: Maharaj walks out to bat and he has some work to do with AB. The lead is only 172 and the Indian seamers have been breathing fire in the morning session. The rain has spiced up the pitch and the bowlers have made full use of the conditions on offer
1512 hrs IST: WICKET! Top spell this from Shami as he now sends Philander back to the hut for a duck. The ball came back sharply into the right-hander and trapped him in front. South Africa struggling at 95/7
1508 hrs IST: India need to keep a check on the South African tail because it can wag. Philander, Maharaj, Steyn had scores of 23, 35, 16 in the first innings respectively. It’s still not sure whether injured Steyn will come out to bat
1505 hrs IST: Not releasing pressure is the key for India now. In the first innings, they had South Africa under pump but the lower-order scored some crucial runs to take the total over the 250-run mark. With South Africa struggling at 94/6, it has been India all the way so far
1502 hrs IST: Seamers have given India a brilliant start today. The hosts have lost three wickets and have failed to make much addition to their overnight total. The visitors are charged up and will be looking for AB de Villiers’ wicket now
1458 hrs IST: GONE! TROUBLE! South Africa are six down and in all sorts of trouble now with Quinton de Kock walking back. Full length from Bumrah and De Kock goes for the drive outside the line with the ball moving back in. Takes the inside edge behind to Saha. Umpire says no. Kohli immediately reviews and UltraEdge confirms that it did take the bat. South Africa are 92/6, lead by 169 runs
1444 hrs IST: GONE! Splendid delivery by Jasprit Bumrah. Gets the ball to angle in and it moves away at a late stage to leave Faf with little to do. All he could muster was a defensive stroke and it takes the glove behind to Saha. What a ball! Warning signs too with the ball jumping up into the batsman. South Africa are 82/5 and lead by 159 runs
1433 hrs IST: New man with the ball, Jasprit Bumrah, gets plenty from the surface early on. Gets the ball to pitch and move into AB de Villiers with the South African batsman trying to defend. Gets an outside edge which falls short of Saha. Indian players were excited but it may have taken the forearm instead of the glove.
1428 hrs IST: GONE! This time it falls kindly for Virat Kohli. Wild celebrations by the Indian skipper. Rabada walks back and it was coming. Opened the face of the bat a touch and it is a comfortable take for Kohli in front of first slip
1427 hrs IST: Rabada, already getting rattled here by deliveries outside off by Shami, has a strong go at it but ends up edging behind to Rohit Sharma. Falls just short of the second slip fielder
1410 hrs IST: GONE! Fantastic start for India. Amla walks back for 4 with Rohit Sharma taking a low catch as Shami strikes. Amla tried to punch a rising short of length delivery but failed to keep it down. Went towards Rohit in the gully region and the Mumbaikar plucks a smart one. The soft decision is OUT. Third umpire takes his time on it by assessing multiple angles. And it is out! SA 66/3
1400 hrs IST: Right we get underway in Cape Town. Nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada alongside Hashim Amla to resume from 65/2 with a 142 run lead. India need an early wicket to get the pressure going straight away. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball, two slips and a gully in place. A maiden to start things
1340 hrs IST: Worth wondering which way the Test is balanced when the first ball is bowled. Going by close of play on Day 2, South Africa had the upper hand. By going by close of play on Day 3, it looks even. Rain may just change things in India’s favour but one thing that is definitely going to work in their favour is the injury to Dale Steyn. Fans would be disappointed to see Steyn ruled out of the series, but it comes as a bright spot for the Indian team
1315 hrs IST: We won’t be starting early but the sessions will be longer to bowl 98 overs each on the upcoming two days. The breakdown for sessions: 10h30 -12h30 / 13h10 – 15h25 / 15h45 – 18h00 or 18h30 (IST: 2 PM – 4 PM; 4.40 PM – 6.55 PM; 7.15 PM – 9.30 PM or 10 PM)
1300 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first Test between India and South Africa. The contest is bent in South Africa’s favour as they lead by 142 runs and have eight wickets in hand in the second innings. Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar are back in the pavillion with Hardik Pandya, India’s man of the match so far, taking both wickets. The visitors need plenty from him and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the opening session on a bright note – much like the weather in Cape Town today.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers †, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, AK Markram Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn
India: Virat Kohli (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay