India win Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa by 203 runs

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Visakhapatnam: India's Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with teammates the wicket of South Africa's Vernon Philander on the final day of the first cricket test match between India and South Africa at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Visakhapatnam: India’s Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with teammates the wicket of South Africa’s Vernon Philander on the final day of the first cricket test match between India and South Africa at Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (PTI Photo)

India recorded a resounding 203-run win victory over South Africa in the opening encounter of the three-Test series here on Sunday.

The victory consolidated India’s position in the ongoing World Test Championship with another valuable 40 points. India maintain their lead with 160 points.

Chasing an improbable 395-run target, South Africa were expected to put up a fight like they did in the first innings but Shami’s (5/35 in 10.5 overs) fifth five-for topped up by Jadeja’s four-wicket burst saw South Africa dismissed for 191 in 63.5 overs.

Debutant Senuran Muthusamy (49 not out) and Dane Piedt (56 off 107) delayed the inevitable with a fighting 91-run stand for ninth wicket after South Africa collapsed to 70 for eight in the morning.

India’s victory was set up by Rohit Sharma, who became the first batsman to score two hundreds on debut as a Test opener, and Ashwin, who took a seven-wicket haul in the first innings.

It was also a match to remember for Mayank Agarwal, who scored a double century to take India to 502 in the first essay.

The second Test of the three-match series will be played in Pune from October 10.

(PTI)