Mohammad Shami scalped a five-wicket haul while Ravindra Jadeja picked up four wickets as India thrashed South Africa by 203 runs on the fifth and final day of the opening Test to seal a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 395 runs to win, South Africa were bundled out for 191. Dane Piedt was the highest scorer for South Africa in the second innings with 56 runs.
Here are the highlights:
# India beat South Africa by 203 runs!
# WICKET!! Shami completed a five-wicket haul after Rabada (18) was caught behind wicket by Wriddhiman Saha on the fifth delivery of the 64th over. South Africa 191 (63.5 overs)
# India have conceded 29 runs in the last four overs. Muthusamy (48) and Rabada (18) are dealing in boundaries and continue to delay India's victory. The hosts are just one wicket away from win. South Africa 190/9 (63 overs)
# Kagiso Rabada is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!! Shami finally gave a sigh of relief to India by taking a crucial wicket of Dane Piedt (56). The South African looked to drive the first ball of the 60th over away from the body, but ended up getting an inside edge on to the stumps.South Africa 161/9 (59.1 overs)
# Just five runs off the last five overs. However, Piedt and Muthusamy continue to frutrate the Indian bowlers and delay victory for the hosts. The duo has reduced the target to 239 runs. South Africa 154/8 (57 overs)
# FIFTY!! Piedt has brought up a Test half-century off 86 balls. He reached the by punching the fifth delivery of the 52nd over through covers for two runs. South Africa 149/8 (52 overs)
# Eight runs of the last four overs. Dane Piedt (36) and Senuran Muthusamy (23) have settled at the crease and brought up 50-run stand for the ninth wicket. India, on the other hand, are desperately looking to bag the remaining two wickets quickly to wrap the match in their favour. South Africa 125/8 (46 overs)
And that's lunch on day five. India have taken 7 wickets in 33 overs.
Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy are offering a bit of resistance with their 47 run partnership.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 6, 2019
# Dane Piedt and Muthusamy are currently batting at their respective scores of 32 and 19. India, on the other hand, are just two wickets away from win. South Africa 117/8 (42 overs)
# 14 runs off the last five overs. Jadeja was smashed by Dane Piedt for a boundary and a six on successive deliveries. The South African lofted the first ball of the 35th over towards mid-on for a boundary before he sent the very next delivery over deep square leg for a maximum. South Africa 94/8 (35 overs)
# 10 runs off the last four overs. Dane Piedt (6) and Senuran Muthusamy (9) are currently batting at the crease, with South Africa needing another 315 runs to win. India, meanwhile, are just two wickets away from victory. South Africa 80/8 (31 overs)
# Dane Piedt is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! Three wickets in an over for Jadeja. Markram (39) handed a return catch to Jadeja on the first delivery of the 27th over before Vernon Philander (0) was trapped leg before wicket on the fourth ball. India are now just two wickets away from victory. South Africa 70/8 (27 overs)
# Senuran Muthusamy is the new batsman in!
# WICKET!!!! Shami strikes again. De Kock (0) was caught to a length ball around off on the first delivery of the 24th over. The South African looked to push tentatively but the ball ended up crashing into the off stumps. South Africa 60/5 (24 overs)
# Quinton de Kock is the new batsman in!
# WICKET! South Africa are now down by four wickets. Faf du Plessis (13) was bowled out by Mohammad Shami on the fifth delivery of the 22nd over. South Africa 52/4 (22 overs)
# South Africa added 17 runs in the last four overs. Markram (21) and Du Plessis (nine) are currently batting at the crease and looking to stitch a partnership after losing Bavuma and De Bruyn cheaply. The visitors need 352 runs from seven wickets in hand. South Africa 43/3 (19 overs)
# 10 runs off the last three overs for South Africa, including a boundary and a six. Du Plessis (4) got off the mark by sending the fifth delivery of the 13th over by Shami to the fine leg fence for four runs. South Africa 30/3 (15 overs)
# Skipper Faf du Plessis comes to bat at No.5 !
# WICKET!! India seem to be on a roll today as they have now bagged two wickets in two overs. Shami delivered a length ball, quite low while Bavuma tried to adjust, but the South African eventually ended up losing his balance as ball rattled the stumps. The South African depart for a duck. South Africa 20/3 (11.3 overs)
# Temba Bavuma is the new batsman in!
# Ashwin has now joined former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan as the only men to have bagged 350 Test wickets in just their 66th Test.
# WICKET!! India have made a good start to their day as they have removed De Bruyn for 10. The South African batsman was clean bowled by Ravinchandran Ashwin on the fifth ball of the second over of the day. With this, the Indian off-spinner has completed his 350 Test wickets. South Africa 19/2 (11 overs)
# Markram and De Bruyn have walked down the crease to resume South Africa's second innings. Mohammad Shami to begin the attack for India.
# The fifth day's play will begin shortly. A total of 98 overs will possibly be bowled today.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 6, 2019
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 6, 2019
# The players of the two teams are out on the field and are warming up before the play.
After Virat Kohli declared India's second innings at 323/4, Ravindra Jadeja struck early to reduce South Africa to 11 for one at stumps on the fourth day of the opening Test in Visakhapatnam on Satuday. At stumps, Aiden Markram (3) and Theunis de Bruyn (5) were batting at the crease, with the visitors still requiring 384 runs to win with nine wickets in hand.
Earlier on Day 4, Rohit Sharma pulled back his fifth Test century off 133 and Cheteshwar Pujara well-supported him with 81-run knock to steady India's ship in the second innings after Mayank Agarwal's early dismissal.
Subsequently, Ravindra Jadeja scored a significant 40-run knock while skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten at their respective scores of 31 and 27 before India declared their innings to set a 395-run target for South Africa.
The day also saw Ravichandran Ashwin enjoy a brilliant spell with the ball as he bagged a seven-wicket haul to help India bundle out the Proteas for 431 runs in their first innings despite crucial knocks by Dean Elgar (160) and Quinton de Kock (111).
It is to be noted that India had sealed the four-match Test series 3-0 when South Africa had last toured the country in 2015.