India Vs South Africa, 1st Test: Day 1 Highlights

CENTURION: The first day of the much anticipated India Vs South Africa Test Series ended very badly for India, with India struggling on 136 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 38.1 overs at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

Earlier in the day, heavy rain overnight and during the morning delayed the start by four and a half hours. Thereafter, South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. It was South African bowlers Steyn and Morkel against the Indian batting line-up, taking seven wickets between them. DW Steyn claimed 3 important wickets including Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman.

Steyn started the slide early when he had claimed Virender Sehwag for zero runs. After Sehwag, he followed up with two superb, full, late-swinging deliveries to get rid of VVS Laxman (7) and Tendulkar (36).

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Morkel claimed 4 wickets including Dravid, Gambhir, Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth. He took four for 20 in 12.1 hostile overs. Morkel claimed the wickets of Gautam Gambhir (5) and Rahul Dravid (14) in successive overs. He also dismissed Ishant Sharma (0) and S Sreesanth (0) before bad light ended play.

The only other batsman to reach 20 was Harbhajan Singh, making 27 off 25 balls before he was run out. He hit the day’s first six, clouting Tsotsobe over long-on, before losing his grip on the bat while attempting a third to be run out. At the end of the day, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished the day on 33 not out.

Match Summary:

Close of Day 1: India 1st innings 136/9 (MS Dhoni 33*, JD Unadkat 1*, 38.1 ov)

India Innings: Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Sehwag, 2.1 ov), 2-24 (Gambhir, 12.6 ov), 3-27 (Dravid, 14.4 ov), 4-66 (Laxman, 22.2 ov), 5-67 (Raina, 23.1 ov), 6-71 (Tendulkar, 24.4 ov), 7-110 (Harbhajan Singh, 32.1 ov), 8-110 (Sharma, 32.3 ov), 9-116 (Sreesanth, 34.5 ov)

South Africa bowling: Steyn 10-1-34-3, Morkel 12.1-5-20-4, Tsotsobe 9-2-50-0, Kallis 6-1-20-1, Harris 1-0-6-0 .

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One Response to “India Vs South Africa, 1st Test: Day 1 Highlights”
  1. dev says:

    very bad performance of team india on day 1

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