Mohammad Shami’s five-wicket haul guides India to defeat South Africa by 203 runs
Indian bowlers Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja wreaked havoc on the last of the first Test match against South Africa as India defeated South Africa by 203 runs on Sunday. India now lead the series 1-0.
Resuming their overnight score of 11/1, South African batsmen found it difficult to face the Indian bowlers particularly Shami, who bowled three top-order South African batsmen namely Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis and the centurion of the first innings Quinton de Kock. The striking feature of Shami’s first three wickets was that he knocked off the stumps of all three batsmen.
Joining the party was Jadeja, who picked up three wickets in a single over as he got Aiden Markram, Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj out. He was unlucky to have missed out on a hat-trick chance. Earlier, Jadeja had sent Dean Elgar to the dressing room after getting him out for just two. Elgar was one of the two batsmen, who scored centuries for South Africa in the first innings.
Reacting to Shami’s bowling, noted commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, “How good has Shami been today. Has hit the stumps three times. India has so many bowlers to turn to now. Won’t be surprised if even Ishant has a role to play.”
South Africa needed 395 runs to win the first Test match against India, but their batsmen simply surrendered against the menacing bowling attack of India. Indian bowlers, however, struggled to get the South African lower-order batsmen out. South Africa’s number 10 batsman Dane Piedt became the top-scorer with 56 runs while spin-bowler Senuran Muthusamy remained unbeaten at 49.
The lower-order batsmen added more than 90 runs for the tenth wicket partnership.
Unable to get the South African lower-order batsmen, Kohli brought Shami back in the attack and he did not disappoint his captain and got both the tailenders out quickly, thereby picking up another five-wicket haul in his Test career.
For India, Rohit Sharma scored two back-to-back centuries and became the first batsman to achieve the feat in his first Test match as an opener.