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Shami, Jadeja help India go 1-0 up in S Africa Test series


South Africa’s Dane Piedt bats during the fifth day of their first Test against India at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, India, yesterday.

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Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja yesterday took nine wickets between them as India outplayed South Africa, winning by 203 runs on the final day of the first Test.

Set a daunting target of 395, the tourists were bundled out for 191 in the second session in Visakhapatnam, giving India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Shami returned figures of 5-35, while Jadeja took four wickets to help leaders India grab 40 points in the World Test Championship.

Dane Piedt (56) and debutant Senuran Muthusamy (49 not out) put on 91 runs for the ninth wicket to frustrate the Indian bowlers after the visitors had slipped to 70-8.

Shami got last man Kagiso Rabada caught behind for 18, triggering Indian celebrations.

Rohit Sharma put India in a commanding position with a century in each innings on his debut as a Test opener — a first by any batsman in Test history.

His knocks of 176 and 127 coupled with a fine 215-run innings by Mayank Agarwal helped Virat Kohli’s India maintain an upper hand in the game.

Shami took three key wickets in the morning session, including that of skipper Faf du Plessis for 13, to dim South Africa’s hopes of saving the game.

Jadeja soon joined forces to run through the middle order with three wickets in one over including overnight batsman Aiden Markram (39) with a one-handed return catch.

The Proteas resumed the day on 11 for one and soon the batting came under attack by some inspired Indian bowling on a pitch that offered variable bounce.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck first to clean up overnight batsman Theunis de Bruyn for 10.

Shami continued with his exploits, bowling Temba Bavuma for nought. The veteran paceman came back in his second spell to rattle the stumps of Du Plessis, who was leaving the incoming delivery, and Quinton de Kock for zero.

South African opener Elgar made an impression with his 160 in his team’s first innings total of 431 that brought the visitors back in the game.

The second Test is to begin on Oct. 10 in Pune, India.

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