India defeated South Africa by 203 runs in the first match of the three-Test match series. On Sunday, the fifth and final day of the Test at Visakhapatnam, the African team was all out for 191 in the second innings.
India defeated them in their fifth consecutive match at their home ground. The last defeat to the Indian team was in 2010. After this, Team India won 5 out of 6 Tests played in India between the two teams. There was a test draw. This is India's third major win against South Africa in terms of runs. Rohit Sharma, who scored a century in both innings, was adjudged Man of the Match.
On the fifth day of the match, the South African team came out to play with a score of 11 for 1 wicket. Ashwin gave the first blow to the African team by dismissing Theunis de Bruyn. After this, none of the visiting team's batsmen could survive. Mohammed Shami took 5, Ravindra Jadeja 4 and Ravichandran Ashwin one wicket. India had declared first innings at 502/7 and second innings at 323/4. South Africa had scored 431 runs in the first innings. He had to score 395 runs in the second innings to win the Test.
Faf du Plessis first up, the South African captain. A bit of a disgruntled look on his face. Praises India for putting up a great total and then his own team for fighting hard. Adds that in an ideal world, he would have loved his bowlers to bowl India out cheaply but has to stop and admire another Rohit special. Is wary of a pitch exploding on Day 5 but apart from the collapse on Sunday morning, he believes that South Africa fought hard.
On the wicket for this Test, Faf says that it seemed to hold on a bit and apart from Shami taking a 5-fer on Day 5, the seamers barely got much purchase. Rues the fact that his spinners could not do much in the third innings, which is where the game drifted away. Admits that the collapse this morning was way too quick and it does happen on Day 5 but quickly says that one cannot do much about it, so wants to move forward and look ahead to the second Test.
Victorious Indian captain, Virat Kohli, comes up next. On being asked for the win, which was not easy, Kohli admits that it was so. Adds that they did get the result they wanted but admires the resistance shown by South Africa. Details that once you get 500 on the board, you are always in the ascending seat irrespective of the fight shown by the opposition.
Praises his batsmen in both innings for scoring quickly and says that it was a tough grind, but due to the weather. On the pacers doing well on a track suited to the spinners, Kohli says that it all depends on the attitude. Adds that in the last 2 years, every Indian pacer has looked to contribute on every pitch, albeit bowling shorter spells and communicating well with the captain, even when conditions are difficult. Praises Ashwin and Jadeja for bowling consistently well, on a flat track in the first innings, with the offie taking 7 there and Jadeja taking quick wickets in the second. On Shami's spell this morning, Kohli feels that the pacer has always done well in the recent past and when the ball reverses, he is unstoppable.
In the end, praises all the bowlers. On the current quality of the SG ball, Kohli feels that this particular lot is better than the previous one, staying hard for around 40-45 overs but wants it to be harder till at least 60 overs because, even if the pitch is helping you, you would want the ball to do something as well.