South Africa Beat India By 72 Runs In Opening Test, Lead Series 1-0
Vernon Philander starred with the ball for South Africa in both the innings as India lost the opening Test by 72 runs at Cape Town. The Proteas pacer took three wickets in India's 1st innings and claimed six more in the second as the visitors failed to chase down the 208-run target set by South Africa
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat in bowling-friendly conditions at Cape Town. (All images courtesy: BCCI/AFP)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India a dream start by removing the top 3 South African batsmen cheaply.
Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers steadied the Proteas as they stitched together a massive 114-run partnership.
South Africa were bowled out for 286 in the first innings.
Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada took three wickets each as the Indian top order faltered.
Hardik Pandya scored a brilliant 93 to help India reach a respectable 209 in the first innings.
Bumrah and Shami picked three wickets each as South Africa were bowled out for 130 in their second innings.
In reply, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gave India a decent start in chase of 208.
After a top-order collapse, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 49-run partnership gave India a glimmer of hope.
Vernon Philander ran through the Indian batting line-up as he picked up six wickets for 44 runs in the second innings.
Vernon Philander was adjudged as the man of the match as South Africa took a 1-0 series lead.