Team India’s incredible Test run under skipper Virat Kohli was put to a halt by a valiant South african side led by Faf du Plessis. On the lethal track at Cape Town which was a paradise for the quickies, the Indian batting line up was ripped apart by the Protea speedsters. The South African batting also did not leave up to the expectations and was just an inch better than the visitors.
Vernon philander was the pick of the South African bowlers with a staggering 9 wickets to his name, while Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel provided the much needed support. The South Africans managed to put up 286 runs on oard in the first innings riding on half centuries from AB de Villiers and skipper Du Plessis. The Indians were bundled out for just 209 runs in the reply which gave the home team the required lead. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the lone warrior from the men in blue with his gutsy 93 run knock of 95 balls.
After the third day’s play was washed out due to rain, the Indians made a valiant comeback with Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah leading from the front. The South African batting line up was rattled to the core getting bundled out fora mere 130 runs. Newly married skipper, Virat Kohli needed just 208 runs for the win and he definitely eyed the full monty.
However, Vernon Philander and co had different intentions. Philander’s outstanding display with the ball tore apart the visitors like a pod of peas bundling them out for 135 runs which was 72 runs short of the target. Philander picked up 6 wicket in the second innings which turned the game in favour of the South Africans. Philander was named the much deserved Man of the Match as South Africa takes a 1-0 lead in the Freedom Series.
South Africa 1st Innings: 286 all out
India 1st Innings: 209 all out
South Africa 2nd Innings: 130 all out
India 2nd Innings: 135 all out
Vernon Philander (Man Of the Match)
1st Innings – 3/33
2nd Innings – 6/42
South Africa won by 72 runs.