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'Old Story' in Newlands: India surrender to SA by 72 runs

Press Trust of India  |  Cape Town 

India's much-vaunted batting line-up fell apart in the face of a Vernon Philander-led pace attack's relentless aggression as emerged victorious by 72 runs in the first Test here today. While grabbed a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the visitors squandered a golden opportunity to script a memorable win outside the sub-continent. Needing 208 on day four for their third ever Test win on South African soil, the Indian batsmen let their team down for the second time in the match, getting skittled out for 135 in 42.4 overs. The game finished well inside three days despite a full day's play being washed out. There was no in the second innings, yet the pace department had enough firepower to expose the visitors' batting line-up on a bouncy and seaming surface. was simply outstanding with his pace and precision, ending with a career-best six for 42 and match haul of nine wickets. Mornel Morkel and Kagiso Rabada played the supporting role well, finishing with two wickets apiece in the second innings. With reeling at 82 for seven, R Ashwin (37) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar saved them the embarrassment of being bowled out for under 100. The duo shared a 49-run stand for the eighth wicket, the highest of the innings, but it folded quickly after had Ashwin caught behind with the keeper standing up. Post lunch, began in circumspect fashion. Shikhar Dhawan (16) looked to make a quick start, but (13) struggled against The latter survived twice via DRS reviews for caught behind and lbw appeals. Vijay wasn't third time lucky though, caught behind off in the 8th over as the slide began for Six balls later, Dhawan was caught pulling much like the first innings, only this time off Morkel (2-39). Four overs later, were struggling at 39/3 as Cheteshwar Pujara (4) was caught behind off Morkel too. Virat Kohli (28) and (10) stemmed the slide by adding 32 runs for the fourth wicket. After drinks though, returned from the other end and trapped Kohli in front of the wicket. were desperately struggling thereafter. Keshav Maharaj (0-12) dropped Sharma (on 9*) off Rabada (2-41) in the 23rd over, but the batsman didn't make this chance count. An over later, he played on First innings' hero Hardik Pandya (1) then gave slip catching practice off Rabada as lost eight wickets for 52 runs in this session. Wriddhiman Saha (8) fell at the of tea, trapped lbw by Rabada. Post tea, Ashwin and Kumar looked to bat for time.

They put on 49 runs for the 8th wicket to take past the 100- mark and raised visions of an improbable win. However, they were misplaced as pulled off a smart catch standing up to picked up his 12th five-wicket haul as Mohammed Shami (4) was caught at second slip two balls later. He finished things off in style as (0) was out in the same fashion on the very next ball. improved on his previous best of 6-44 against in March 2012. This was after and shared six wickets as were bowled out for 130 runs (41.2 overs) in their second innings at the of lunch. The hosts lost 8 for 65 in the morning session to lead by overall 207 runs. Shami took 3-28 while Bumrah had 3-39. Starting from day two overnight 65/2, the slide began in the second over of the morning. Shami had (4) caught at gully with taking a low catch. The decision went up to the TV umpire but he didn't find conclusive evidence to overturn the soft signal. Four overs later, Shami sent back Rabada (5), caught at second slip. In the 29th over then, when Bumrah had Faf du Plessis (0) caught behind off a snorter, were struggling at 82/5. Bumrah also removed Kock (8) as it became 92/6 and the collapse became imminent. AB de Villiers (35 runs) waged a lone battle at the other end but he couldn't find anyone to support him. crossed 100 in the 36th over as Keshav Maharaj (15) played a few Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-33) then got down to action with the batsman caught behind in the 39th over. Saha took his 10th catch of the Test when Morne Morkel (2) was caught behind off Kumar two overs later. This is an Indian record overseas as Saha went past Dhoni who had nine catches against in his last Test at MCG in 2014. Bumrah completed South Africa's misery as de Villiers holed out in the deep in search of some quick runs, rounding up a dismal morning. Dale Steyn, batting despite a bruised ankle, was the unbeaten batsman. Day three was completely washed out due to persistent rain.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 21:00 IST