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India vs South Africa 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights: India register first win at Centurion

India vs South Africa 1st Test Day 5 Highlights: India beat South Africa on the final day of Boxing Day Test in Centurion.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: December 30, 2021 8:17:55 pm
IND SA winIndia's bowler Mohammed Siraj, middle, jumps as he celebrates after bowling South Africa's batsman Quinton de Kock. (AP)

India vs South Africa 1st Test Highlights: India beat South Africa by 113 runs in first Test to take 1-0 lead in three-match series. Set a stiff target of 305, South Africa were bowled out for 191 on the fifth and final day of the opening Test on Thursday. At the lunch break, Temba Bavuma and Marco Jansen were batting on 34 and 5 respectively, as the hosts still trail India by 123 runs. South Africa finished the fourth day at 94/4 with skipper Dean Elgar unbeaten on 52 after Indian batters caved in on a track with uneven bounce, getting all out for 174 in just 50.3 overs.

Earlier, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant top-scored for India in the second innings with a run-a-ball 34 as the visiting team was all out for 174 in the second innings. Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen took four wickets apiece while Lungi Ngidi got two wickets for South Africa. India had bowled South Africa out for 197 after making 327 in their first innings.

India Playing XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

South Africa Playing XI: Dean Elgar (c), Aiden Markram, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Wiaan Mulder, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Match EndedIndia tour of South Africa, 2021/22 - 1st Test

South Africa

197 (62.3) u0026 191 (68.0)


327 (105.3) u0026 174 (50.3)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test )
India beat South Africa by 113 runs

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India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 5: Catch all the highlights of how India beat Africa on the final day of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.

16:55 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Player of the match Rahul, says:

The grit and determination - really wanted to get my team off to a good start. On a challenging pitch the opening partnership is crucial. Really happy with my performance. Don't think I've made too many technical changes. It's about my mindset, how calm and disciplined I am. It's all coming nicely now. Discipline I've shown has been the biggest contribution for me in performing away from home. It's something I'm proud of (his overseas hundreds). Kept us on the park a little lesser (Shami). Fast bowling unit have shown a lot of heart, not just today but the last few years. Happy with the way Shami bowled and the way other guys chipped in as well. Shami gets the ball to do a little bit extra as Virat said. Very very special coming to SA. This win gives us a lot of confidence. Want to keep getting better as individuals and try to win another Test in few days time.

16:50 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Kohli, India captain, speaks: 

Got off to the perfect start. Have to understand one day was washed out - shows how well we played. It's always a difficult place to play against SA (Centurion). The discipline that the batters showed. Winning the toss, batting first overseas is a tough challenge. Credit to Mayank and KL the way they set it up. We knew we were in pole position with anything over 300-320. Knew the bowlers will do the job. Spoke about it in the change room - the fact he didn't bowl much in the first innings, it allowed SA to get around 40 more runs (Bumrah). Just the way these guys bowl together has been a hallmark of our team getting a result in difficult situations. Absolutely world class talent (Shami). For me he's in the best three seamers in the world at the moment. His strong wrist, his seam position and his ability to hit a length consistently. Got so much confidence out of Johannesburg last time. It's a ground we love playing at.

16:46 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Elgar, SA captain speaks

Obviously not a nice thing knowing we lost a Test here. Did a few things wrong. Lot of positives coming out that we can use in the next two. Always the nature here. Always going to be tough because the wicket's playing slower (first morning). Indian openers did the fundamentals right. We didn't quite execute the lengths well. After some good chats our bowlers executed the lengths and restricted India to what we thought was a par score. New ball is something you have to get through playing here. Can't emphasise enough on the hard work our bowlers put in to get 20 wickets. Our batters let us down. I'd say the batting was the difference between the two sides. We'll have a little sit-down with myself and the management to strategise. Didn't do a lot of wrong things. Not all doom and gloom for us. We strive under the pressure which is a positive for us.

16:40 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Elgar comments
16:36 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Pathan reacts
16:33 (IST)30 Dec 2021
India's Test wins in South Africa

123 runs Jo'burg 2006/07
87 runs Durban 2010/11
63 runs Jo'burg 2017/18
113 runs Centurion 2021/22

16:23 (IST)30 Dec 2021

R Ashwin takes the final two wickets off consecutive deliveries and Mohammad Shami finishes with eight as Team India becomes the first Asian team to win a Test at Centurion.

16:22 (IST)30 Dec 2021

CAUGHT ! Rabada is caught by Mohammed after going for a drive.  SA: 191/9 after 67.5 overs. 

16:17 (IST)30 Dec 2021

And back-to-back boundaries for Jansen at the start but he doesn't last long and edges the second-last ball of the over to the wicketkeeper and Pant takes it cleanly. India are now two wickets away from a win. SA: 190/8 after 67 overs

15:33 (IST)30 Dec 2021

So lunch has been taken on the final day and it is Temba Bavuma who stands between India and a victory. It seems improbable that home team can save this game now.  Bumrah Siraj and Shami were all phenomenal with the ball in the first session. SA: 182/7 after 66 overs and require 123 runs to win. 


15:29 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Watch: Siraj's throw hits Bavuma
15:26 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Siraj in a fiery mood

It's all happening here in Centurion as Siraj throws the first ball of the 62nd over at Bavuma which hits Bavuma on the left ankle. Physician is out and attends to him. This act of bowlers hitting the batsman in follow-through, esp when no run is attempted, has to qualify for an offence.  Siraj will probably be fined 15 per cent of his match fees for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct.Image

15:08 (IST)30 Dec 2021

Mulder has to go after Shami pitches one up and finds the outside edge of the bat. SA: 164/7 after 60.2 overs

15:06 (IST)30 Dec 2021
WICKET! Siraj brings out the SIUUUUUU

Siraj breaks the 31-run sixth-wicket stand to dismiss Quinton de Kock for 21. De Kock (21) drags Siraj onto his stumps as the Proteas lose their sixth wicket. India four wickets away from a 1-0 series lead. He brings out the SIUUU celebration again. SA: 164/6 after 60 overs

14:55 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Ashwin into the attack!

India's premier spinner has bowled only 5 of 57 overs in the fourth innings? Has he been under-bowled or have the seamers been that good this morning? SA: 153/5 after 57 overs

14:43 (IST)30 Dec 2021
150 up for SA

Driven through covers by Bavuma and that's 150 on the board for the hosts. One hour gone  and India have managed to get the wicket of the dangerous Dean Elgar for 77. Temba Bavuma (15*) and Quinton de Kock (3*) are at the crease for the hosts. SA: 150/5 after 56 overs.

14:38 (IST)30 Dec 2021
How Bumrah got better of Elgar

How good is Bumrah and what about his cricketing brain? Here is how the Indian pacer ended Elgar's vigil at the crease --

14:38 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Stump mic gold 😂

After completing the over, Bumrah says: "Arre bhai cap leke wapas toh diya karo" ( return the cap after taking it). Meanwhile, Bumrah has become the fastest Indian bowler to complete Keycap digit oneKeycap digit zeroKeycap digit zero Test dismissals overseas. He's done it in just 22 matches. 

14:27 (IST)30 Dec 2021
Bumrah beats De Kock
14:21 (IST)30 Dec 2021

A length ball from Boom and it nips back just enough in from outside off and hits Dean Elgar on the pads. Elgar is going to review this. Ultra edge reveals nothing. What about ball tracking? Three reds and it's gone! SA: 130/5 after 50.5 overs. 


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