India overcome South Africa resistance to go 1-0 up

Brief scores: India 502/7 declared (Mayank Agarwal 215, Rohit Sharma 176; Keshav Maharaj 3/189) and 323/4 declared (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 81; Keshav Maharaj 2/129) beat South Africa 431/10 (Dean Elgar 160, Quinton de Kock 111, Faf du Plessis 55; Ravichandran Ashwin 7/145, Ravindra Jadeja 2/124) and 191/10 (Dane Piedt 56, Senuran Muthusamy 49*; Mohammed Shami 5/35, Ravindra Jadeja 4/87) by 203 runs

India vs South Africa 1st Test 2019

  • India registered their ninth Test win against South Africa on home soil, winning the match by 203 runs at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam to go 1-0 up in the three-Test series
  • Rohit Sharma, opening the batting in Test cricket for the first time, became the first batsman ever to score twin centuries in his first Test match as an opening batsman. He made 176 in the first innings and followed it up with 127 in the second innings, hitting a combined 13 sixes, also the most by a batsman in a single Test, beating Pakistan legend Wasim Akram’s 12 sixes in a Test against Zimbabwe in 1996
  • Mayank Agarwal became just the third Indian batsman—after Dilip Sardesai and Vinod Kambli—to convert his maiden Test hundred into a double century, going on to score 215 in the first innings of the Test. He shared a 317-run partnership for the first wicket with Rohit, the third-highest for an Indian opening pair
  • In a Test match famous for equalling and surpassing records, largely by the Indian players, off-break bowler Ravichandran Ashwin equalled Muttiah Muralitharan’s record for the fastest to 350 Test wickets, getting to the landmark in his 66th Test match. He also took his 27th Test five-wicket haul
  • Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock led South Africa’s fightback in the first innings, after India declared on 502 for seven, with their respective 12th and fifth Test century, helping the Proteas make 431 and conceding just a 71-run lead to India. The former made 160 and the latter scored 111
  • This was Virat Kohli’s 29th Test win as India captain