India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Virat Kohli and band score historic win at Centurion, go 1-0 up

This
was
the
first
time
India
managed
to
beat
South
Africa
in
the
Centurion
in
the
their
third
attempt
and
in
that
sense
India
under
Virat
Kohli
breached
the
Fort
Centurion.

Prior
to
this
Test,
SA
had
won
21
Test
matches
out
26
Tests
at
this
venue
while
losing
just
two
and
drawing
three.

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In
a
match,
dominated
by
pacers,
spinner
R
Ashwin,
rather
ironically
brought
in
the
winning
moment
for
India,
dismissing
Lungi
Ngidi
to
bundle
out
SA
for
191
in
their
second
innings,
while
chasing
a
formidable
305
for
a
victory.

Pacer
Jasprit
Bumrah,
Mohammed
Shami
and
Mohammad
Siraj
all
were
among
wickets
as
South
Africa
batting
line-up
could
not
reach
200
in
either
innings.

The
only
blip
for
India
is
the
continued
lean
patch
of
Ajinkya
Rahane
and
Cheteshwar
Pujara,
both
of
them
couldn’t
get
to
fifty
in
this
Test.

Team
India’s
batting
coach
Vikram
Rathour
has
again
come
out
in
support
of
Cheteshwar
Pujara
and
Ajinkya
Rahane
following
the
batters’ lean
patch
in
the
longest
format
of
the
game.

While
Rahane
did
score
48
and
20
in
the
first
Test
against
South
Africa,
Pujara
departed
for
a
duck
before
hitting
16
in
the
second
innings.

“As
far
as
Pujara
and
Rahane
are
concerned,
they
are
trying
their
best,
they
are
giving
their
best.
Rahane
was
in
really
good
touch
but
unfortunately,
he
got
out,
so
has
Pujara,” said
Rathour
in
the
press
conference
after
the
end
of
Day
Four’s
play.

“Pujara
in
past
has
played
some
important
innings
for
us,
you
see
these
are
challenging
conditions,
not
many
people
have
scored
runs
here.

“We
need
to
be
patient
as
long
as
they
are
trying
their
best,
giving
their
best
as
coaching
unit
we
are
fine.
Are
we
getting
impatient?
Not
at
this
stage,
I
think,”
he
added.

Team
India’s
batting
coach
wants
bowlers
to
hit
the
same
length
on
Thursday
(December
30)
to
seal
the
win
for
the
visitors.

“This
Test
cricket,
nothing
is
easy
I
feel,
we
still
need
to
bowl
well,
we
still
need
to
bowl
in
the
right
areas.
The
way
we
bowled
today,
if
we
keep
hitting
those
lengths
consistently
we
will
create
lots
of
opportunities,”
said
Rathour.

How
brilliantly
India
bowlers
did
that
to
etch
a
win.

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