South Africa defeat India by innings and 32 runs in first Test

South Africa dominated India in the first Test, winning by an innings and 32 runs in just three days at SuperSport Park. Dean Elgar’s knock of 185, along with Marco Jansen and David Bedingham’s contributions powered South Africa to 408 runs in their innings. India’s second innings lasted only 34.1 overs, struggling against South Africa’s bowlers, particularly Nandre Burger, who took four wickets. Virat Kohli hit a valiant 76 off 82 balls but it wasn’t enough to save India.

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South Africa’s strong position, with a lead of 163 runs, saw them take early wickets in India’s second innings. Kagiso Rabada dismissed Rohit Sharma, and Nandre Burger claimed the wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal. Despite Kohli’s resilient innings, wickets fell continuously at the other end. A few partnerships started but didn’t last long as India folded for 131 runs.

Dean Elgar’s monumental 185 and Marco Jansen’s notable 84, supported by other contributions, helped South Africa post a formidable total. The Indian bowlers struggled to contain the Proteas, with Bumrah and Siraj being the only ones to shine briefly. However, the rest of the bowling lineup, particularly Prasidh and Thakur, proved ineffective.

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Jansen and Coetzee took advantage of India’s bowling struggles. The Proteas added runs quickly, rendering the Indian bowlers ineffective in creating pressure or taking wickets. Jansen’s resilient knock helped South Africa extend their lead before Elgar was dismissed. A barrage of short deliveries from India couldn’t stop South Africa’s batting onslaught. Bumrah and Thakur picked up late wickets, wrapping up South Africa’s innings.

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