India proudly won the first Test of their three games home series against South Africa by 203 runs. Mohammed Shami took 5-35 as the tourists – chasing 395 to win – were bowled out for 191 on the day five.
South Africa resumed on 11-1 in Visakhapatnam, but showed little resistance until Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt came together on 70-8. They both put on 91 before Mohammed Shami removed Piedt (56) and Kagiso Rabada (18) to grant India’s victory.
Piedt hit Ravindra Jadeja for six during his innings, which actually took the match to a total of 36 – which is above the former Test record of 35 set by Pakistan and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates five years back.
India batsman Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score two hundreds in his maiden Test as opener. Sharma hit 13 of those maximums as he demolished the existing record for the most sixes in a Test by a player.
Ravichandran Ashwin took seven wickets in the first innings. Nevertheless, his removal of Theunis de Bruyn which was the first dismissal on the final day, was his only one in the second, as fellow spinner Jadeja (4-87) and pace bowler Shami shared the rest.