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India beat South Africa by 113 runs to take 1-0 lead

India beat South Africa by 113 runs  to take 1-0 lead

India beat South Africa by 113 runs in the first Test to take a 1-0 lead in three-match series. Set a stiff target of 305, South Africa were bowled out for 191 just after lunch in their second innings on the fifth and final day of the series opener at the SuperSport Park.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami finished with three wickets apiece while there were two apiece for Mohammed Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami took a wicket each in the first session on day five. At lunch, South Africa were 182/7 in 66 overs trailing India by 123 runs, with Temba Bavuma (batting at 34) putting up a show of dogged resistance to keep India at bay from breaching Fortress Centurion.

Resuming from 94/4 at stumps under a clear bright sky, Bavuma and Dean Elgar struck crisply-timed boundaries to keep India frustrated. Mohammed Shami dropped Elgar on 63 in a straightforward chance off his own bowling, further extending the wait of a breakthrough for the tourists.

Shami's dropped chance cost India only 14 runs as the 36-run partnership was brought to an end by Jasprit Bumrah trapping Elgar plumb lbw. The left-handed batter shuffled in an attempt to flick but missed the in-ducker from Bumrah which crashed to his pads. He went for the review, but replays showed the ball hitting the stumps.

Quinton de Kock smashed some boundaries while sharing a stand of 31 with Bavuma before chopping onto his stumps while trying to cut off Siraj. Shami struck in his second spell of the session, getting a length ball to straighten after pitching and take a faint outer edge of Wiaan Mulder's bat to keeper Rishabh Pant.

Bavuma lost partners but continued to hit boundaries. Along with Marco Jansen, Bavuma ensured that South Africa didn't lose any other wicket till lunch arrived.

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