India registered a comprehensive 203-run win in the opening game of three-match series played at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.Virat Kohli and co. came into the match on the back of clinical series win against West Indies in the Caribbean.
The contest started with Indian captain Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bat first on an excellent batting surface.. His decision proved to be a correct one as the visitors scored a mammoth 502 runs in the first innings.
The star of the show was Rohit Sharma, who was told to the open the innings in this Test series. He scored 176 runs off 244 balls with the help of 23 fours and six sixes. Sharma played his natural game and did not allow bowlers to produce tidy spells.
His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal, played exceedingly well and scored his maiden double century in the first innings. He finished the innings with the top-score of 215 runs off 371 balls with the help of 23 fours and six sixes.
For South Africa, Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj picked up three wickets and conceded 189 runs in his 55 overs.
In reply, South Africa managed to produce a commendable batting performance and score 431 runs in their first innings. Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock produced splendid centuries to see South Africa get close to India’s first innings total.
For South Africa, Opening batsman Dean Elgar managed to found form with the bat and delivered a splendid innings in the first innings. Left-hander finished the innings with the highest score of 161 runs off 287 balls with the help of 18 fours and 4 sixes. With South Africa placed at tricky situation at 178 for 5 after 57.3 overs, Elgar managed to put on a 162-run partnership with wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock to see South Africa post a competitive score in their first innings.
Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock continued his good form with the bat and scored fifth century in Test cricket. He played exceedingly well and scored 111 runs off 163 balls with the help of 16 fours and 2 sixes.
In the second innings, India produced another strong batting performance, courtesy splendid century from Rohit Sharma. The home side declared at 323 for 4, setting South Africa a daunting total of 394 runs to win the game.
Virat Kohli-led unit register 203-run win in the opening game of the Test series played against South Africa
The star of the show was once again Rohit Sharma, who smashed his second ton in this game. He finished the innings with the top-score of 127 runs off 149 balls with the help of 10 fours and 7 sixes. He was well supported by Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 81 off 148 balls with the help of 13 fours and 2 sixes.
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravendra Jadeja contributed with crucial runs for India in the second innings.
For South Africa , Left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed two wickets and conceded 129 runs in his 22 overs.
Looking to play out the whole final day was never going to be easy for South Africa as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were dismissed for 191 runs in 63.5 overs.
Tail-ender Dane Piedt and Senuran Muthusamy showed some fight with the bat for South Africa on a weary surface. Piedt finished the innings with the top score of 56 off 107 with the help of nine fours and a six.
For India, pacer Mohammad Shami was the star of the show as he claimed figures of 5 for 35. Left-arm spinner Ravendra Jadeja also bowled well and claimed four wickets in the second innings.
For his scintillating batting performances in both innings, Rohit Sharma was named player of the match.