- SA were dismissed for 286
- India ended the day on 28-3
- They trail the hosts by 258 runs
- The teams play a 3 match series
India kicked off their 2018 campaign with their hardest test in a year as they took the field against South Africa in the first match of the three match test series. Kicking off in Cape Town, the Indian pacers put in a stilling performance to dismiss the World No.1 test team for 286 runs on a bowling friendly pitch. South Africa however bounced back strongly to show why they sit top of the ranking as they took three early Indian wickets to leave the visitors reeling at 28-3 at the end of the day’s play.
Batting first on the opening day of the first test match, the South African squad found themselves in trouble from the ongoing. A fiery spell by the Indian fast unit saw them pick up three wickets to leave the Proteas at 12-3 in which they managed to send back the dangerous Hashim Amla for only 3 runs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled one of the most memorable spells by an Indian pacer outside India as he tormented the South African batsmen with his perfect line and length to pick up all three wickets. The resilient African side came back strongly in the game courtesy of one of the best batsmen in the world AB de Villiers who played magnificent counterattacking innings of 65 off just 64 balls to bring SA back in the match. He was brilliantly aided by Faf Du Plessis (62) to bring revive his team’s innings and see them reach 200 for the loss of six wickets. It was all India after tea as they wrapped up South Africa’s first innings for 286.
Despite dismissing South Africa for a small total, the Indians knew they had their task cut out for them as they had to take on one of the most dangerous bowling attacks in the world on their home ground. And they ended up faltering to the task as they crumbled to lose three crucial wickets including the most crucial wicket of captain Virat Kohli for 5 runs. They go into Day 2 with their backs against the wall and the onus is now on Pujara and Rohit Sharma who will be looking to get the innings back on track.