1st Test: India beat SA by 203 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series

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Author 2019-10-06 13:53:00


  • Piedt and Muthuswamy brought up South Africa's highest ninth-wicket partnership against India to frustrate the hosts post lunch
  • Earlier, in the morning session Shami clinched three wickets early to rattle the Proteas
  • Jadeja then dismissed Markram, Philander and Maharaj in the same over
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End of 59th over: OUT! Finally, Mohammed Shami strikes for India as change of bowling works for Virat Kohli. Dane Piedt chops on as he departs for 56. Shami gets his fourth wicket. India one wicket away from victory.

End of 57th over: Another tidy over from Ravichandran Ashwin comes to an end. Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt continue to irritate India bowlers. Both a batting beautifully at the moment, not giving any window to the bowlers. SA 154/8

50 for Dane Piedt!
His first in Tests! Gets there in 87 balls with the help of 8 fours and a six. A fighting knock from the right-hander. SA 149/8. India still two wickets away from win.

50.1 overs: FOUR! Short from Ravindra Jadeja and Dane Piedt hits it through mid-wicket region to collect his eighth boundary. Piedt moves to 48. SA 146/8

End of 48th over: FOUR! Boundary to end the over from Ashwin. Both Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt are batting like a proper batsmen here. A terrific cover drive from Muthusamy. SA 138/8

Change in bowling for India! Ashwin replaces Ishant Sharma. SA 130/8

45.4 overs: FOUR! Dane Piedt continues to frustrate India. Collects a boundary off Ishant Sharma in the vacant third man region. Piedt moves to 36. Partnership between Senuran Muthusamy and Piedt (55) gets big. SA 125/8

End of 43rd over: Tight start from Ravindra Jadeja post lunch. A maiden! Ishant Sharma will share the ball with Jadeja from the other end. SA 117/8

Welcome back to the post lunch session on Day 5. Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt are out in the middle to resume for South Africa. Ravindra Jadeja has the ball in hand.

Lunch Break!

Ravindra Jadeja (4/51) and Mohammed Shami (3/21) wreaked havoc in the morning session as India were just two wickets away from winning the first Test against South Africa in Vizag. Resuming on their overnight score of 11/1, South Africa were 117/8 at lunch as their batting collapsed on a Day-5 pitch. Ravichandran Ashwin opened the flood gates, removing Theunis de Bruyn for 10. Shami then took over and cleaned up Temba Bavuma (0), Faf du Plessis(13) and Quinton de Kock (0) in quick succession. Jadeja then made excellent use of the turning track and produced a sensational three-wicket over that sent Aiden Markram, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj packing. Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt showed some resistance down the order as both stitched a fighting 47-run partnership and were unbeaten at the break. India will gain 40 World Test Championship points after winning the Vizag Test.

And, it's lunch on Day 5. Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt survive the onslaught from India bowlers.

End of 41st over: Should be the last over before lunch if there is no fall of wicket. Ishant Sharma will have a go at the batsmen. SA 115/8

38.5 overs: FOUR! Dane Piedt shows agressive intent against Ravindra Jadeja. Charges down and hits him straight down the ground to collect four runs. The partnership between Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy has now moved to 40, the best for South Africa in the fourth innings. SA 110/8

Lunch time update: India skipper Virat Kohli has requested another 15 minutes after scheduled lunch time, which is 11:30 am. And umpires have agreed to the request. If another wicket falls in the next 15 minutes, lunch will be further pushed by 30 minutes. SA 104/8 after 37 overs.

End of 36th over: Tight comeback over from Mohammed Shami comes to an end. Just a bye from it. Ravindra Jadeja will continue from the other end. SA 95/9

34.2 overs: SIX! Dane Piedt taking on Ravindra Jadeja. After a hitting four on the previous ball, Piedt launches the ball this time over the mid-wicket fence. 36 sixes have been hit so far in the match, which makes it the highest ever in a Test.
Most sixes in a Test:
36*Ind vs SA Vizag 2019/20
35 Pak vs NZ Sharjah 2014/15
27 Pak vs Ind Faisalabad 2005/06
27 Ban vs NZ Chattogram 2013/14

End of 33rd over: Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt showing some resistance (partnership 12 off 38 balls) but it has been more of a luck for them. Another tight over from Ravindra Jadeja comes to an end. India 2 wickets away from victory. SA 82/8

End of 28th over: A tidy 3-run over from Ashwin from the other end. Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin have now become unplayable on this track. The ball is turning square and South Africans are looking helpless. SA 73/8

End of 27th over: Dane Piedt survives the hat-trick ball as an extraordinary over comes to an end. SA 70/8

26.5 overs: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Keshav Maharaj is out for a first-ball duck. Takes the review but umpire's original decision of out is retained. Jadeja now has his third wicket of the over and he is on a hat-trick now.

26.4 over: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja joins the wicket party with his second wicket in the over. Traps Vernon Philander in front. Original decision was not out and India take the review. The hawkeye shows that the ball was pitching in line and hitting the stumps. Decision gets overturned! Philander walks back for a three-ball duck.

26.1 overs: OUT! Ravindra Jadeja takes an absolute one-handed stunner off his own bowling to get rid of Aiden Markram.

23.1 overs: OUT! Mohammed Shami is breathing fire at the moment. This time it's Quinton de Kock, who gets castled by the seamer. The ball gets through between bat and pad and hits his off stump. Fourth bowled dismissal for the Proteas in the second innings. South Africa 5 down in chase of 395. SA 60/5

21.5 overs: OUT! Mohammed Shami strikes once again. Faf du Plessis couldn't have done much about it as the ball jagged back in sharply and kept low. Shami castles Du Plessis for 13. India 6 wickets away from victory with two and a half sessions to go. And it's Drinks! SA 52/4

Change in bowling for India! Ravindra Jadeja replaces Ravichandran Ashwin. SA 48/8 after 18 overs.

19.4 overs: FOUR! Once again Ishant Sharma's delivery keeps low but luckily Aiden Markram gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes between the slip and the gully fielder to the fence. Markram moves to 25. SA 47/3

End of 16th over: Ishant Sharma starts with a maiden. Ashwin to continue from the other end. SA 30/3

Change in bowling for India! Ishant Sharma comes in to replace Mohammed Shami. SA 30/3 after 15 overs.

14.1 overs: SIX! Brave from Aiden Markram. Steps out, gets to the pitch of Ashwin's delivery and smacks it into the deep mid-wicket fence to collect first maximum for South Africa on Day 5.

End of 13th over: Ravichandran Ashwin follows Mohammed Shami's over with an excellent maiden. Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram under pressure at the moment. Close-in fielders are making them nervous with continuous loud chatter.

11.3 overs: OUT! Mohammed Shami joins the party from the other end. A 2-ball duck for Temba Bavuma. The ball kept really low after pitching and crashed onto the off stump. South Africa in big trouble early on Day 5. SA 20/3

10.5 overs: OUT! Early wicket for India and Ashwin. Theunis de Bruyn gets the under edge and chops the ball back onto the stumps. 350th wicket for Ashwin in Test cricket. He is now the joint-fastest to get to 350 wickets. De Bruyn walks back after scoring 10 runs.

End of 10th over: A seven-run first over from Mohammed Shami comes to an end. Ravichandran Ashwin to bowl from the other end.

9.3 overs: FOUR! Theunis de Bruyn gets going on Day 5. Thickish outside edge and the ball races away to the vacant third man fence. SA 16/1

9.1 overs: Runs straightaway for Aiden Markram. Takes a comfortable single off Mohammed Shami on the first ball of the final day.

Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn are out in the middle to resume South Africa's chase on the final day. Mohammed Shami has the new ball in hand. Here we go!

Pitch Report, Day 5: "It's rather low and slow, but it'll still be a good wicket to bat on. Not exactly a minefield for the batsmen. India's batting on this pitch in the second innings was an exhibition of the runs one can score if only one applies himself. South Africa need to show a lot of gumption and determination to survive the day," said Sunil Gavaskar.

9:05 am: Earlier, both teams had a quick warm up ahead of final day's play.

9:00 am: Can India spinners do it?

8:45 am After another Rohit-day in Vizag, it's time for climax in the first Test, with India smelling victory on the final day, and we, at Timesofindia.com, welcome you back for all the live updates.

On Saturday, Rohit Sharma struck a second successive hundred in his debut as Test opener to help India set South Africa a daunting 395.

The hosts declared their second innings on 323/4 in the final session of day four, with Rohit contributing 127.

Ravindra Jadeja struck early after trapping first-innings centurion Dean Elgar for two in the fourth over of the innings. South Africa were 11/1 at stumps with Aiden Markram, on three, and Theunis de Bruyn, on five, at the crease.

The visitors need another 384 runs and India nine wickets on the final day to get ahead in the three-match series.

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