Pacemen leads India to first test win over Proteas

India’s closers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took three wickets apiece as the tourists pitched South Africa for 191 to claim 113-race victory just after lunch on the fifth day of the first test at Centurion Park.

South Africa had resumed at 4-94 chasing a 305 record for the win, but fell short of their goal on spicy terrain that was well attended by the bowlers.

Dean Elgar (77) and Temba Bavuma (35 not eliminated) gave them some hope in the morning session, but India’s vaunted attack took advantage of the conditions excellently and eventually helped their team to a comfortable victory.

India achieved their victory despite the fact that the entire second day of the test was washed away by rain and took a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.

India seeks their first series win in South Africa, where they first toured in 1992-93.

“We got off to a perfect start and getting a result in four days, with one day finished, shows how well we played and how motivated we are,” India captain Virat Kohli said.

“The discipline the hitters showed … we knew anything over 300 or 320 (in the first innings) would be a higher total. We had a lot of faith in our bowling unit. The way these guys play together is just a hallmark of our team. “

Kohli especially praised Shami, who took 8-107 in the match.

“He is a world-class talent,” he added. “He easily ranks in the top three spikes in the world right now. He seems to be taking more off the field than anyone else and bowling in areas where you can’t put the ball down.”

South Africa started the fifth day steadily before the end of Elgar’s four-hour stay when he was caught lbw by Bumrah (3-50).

“We did some things wrong, with the bat in hand we were quite disappointed, but there are also many positives to take out of this game and the upcoming (Tests),” Elgar said.

“It’s not all doom and gloom for us, we’ve put ourselves under pressure, but that’s usually when we thrive.”

After his departure, Quinton de Kock led the bowling attack with a breezy 21 of 28 balls, but played on his own stumps for the second time in the Test, this time against Mohammed Siraj (2-47).

Wiaan Mulder (one) didn’t last long, and after the lunch break, India only needed two overs to collect the last three wickets.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-18) finally found his way into the game when he scooped up the last two batters to land on consecutive balls.

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