The first match of the three-match Test series between Team India and South Africa is being played at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. Batting first, winning the toss, South Africa were all out for 286 runs.
The Indian bowlers did not play big innings with the wickets of the hosts, and kept them in the pavilion in 73.1 overs. For the hosts, AB de Villiers scored 65 and Faf du Plessis scored 62. The two batsmen shared 114 runs for the third wicket for South Africa.
This partnership came when India lost three wickets on 12 runs only. Quinton de Coke (43), Keshav Maharaj (35), Kigaso Rabada (26) and Vernon Philander (23) were the other notable batsmen, but none of the batsmen could turn a good start into a big innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 4 wickets for India. Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets. Mohammed Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Hardik Pandya got one wicket each.
Wickets of South Africa
The start of South Africa was very bad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught Dean Elgar in the first ball of the first over without losing the wicket, caught by Riddhiman Saha at the wicket. At that time the account of the South African team was not even open.
The team’s score was only seven runs out of which, on the private score of Eden Markram five, LBW was ruled out of Bhuvneshwar’s bowling. Hashim Amla (3), one of the top batsmen of the host team, got stuck in Bhuvneshwar’s swing and Saha did not make any mistake in hiding them. The hosts had lost three important wickets on 12 runs.
After this, De Villiers (65) gave Bumrahah a bold second blow to South Africa. Hardik Pandya gave South Africa captain Faf du Plessis a 62-run catch to Saha at the private score of 62, giving the hosts a fifth blow.
Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was in the mood to score runs quickly. They put some good shots as they came. De Kock scored 43 runs in 40 balls with seven fours. Bhuvneshwar was caught by Saha at the end of his innings.
Vernon Philander was also looking good in the rhythm, but Mohammed Shami’s superb ball touched his throat. He played 23 fours in 35 balls with the help of four fours.
Africa won the toss
Earlier, South Africa decided to bat first and won the toss and bowled the team India. Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane were not included in Team India’s playing eleven. Team India’s star fast bowler Jaspreet Bumrah has made his Test debut in this one-day and Twenty20 match. He got his Test cap from Captain Virat Kohli.