Mohammed Shami took five wickets as India defeated South Africa by 203 runs in the Vizag Test to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
South Africa were blown away on the final day with a sensational spell of bowling in the first session by the Indian bowlers. Ravichandran Ashwin got the wicket of Theunis de Bruyn as he got his 350th wicket in his 66th Test match. Mohammed Shami got three big wickets of Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock and Ravindra Jadeja ran through the lower order with three quick wickets. However, Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt frustrated India with a 91-run stand. Piedt notched up his maiden fifty before Shami got him and Kagiso Rabada to seal a 203-run win for India. It is Virat Kohli's 29th win as Test captain and for India, it is three out of three in the World Test Championship.
13:49 hrs IST: INDIA WIN! Shami takes his fifth wicket as Kagiso Rabada edges to Wriddhiman Saha. India win by 203 runs and they take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. 29th win for Virat Kohli as captain and it is three out of three for India in the World Test Championship.
13:37 hrs IST: Kagiso Rabada decides to have some fun as he hoicks Jadeja to deep midwicket for a four but launches him into the stands for a six. This is the 37th six in the match. South Africa are 176/9, India one wicket away.
13:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally, it is done. Piedt's epic rearguard ends. Good length ball nipping back in and staying a bit low, Piedt looks to block but the off stump is knocked back thanks to an inside edge. South Africa are 161/9, India one wicket away.
13:23 hrs IST: South Africa continue to frustrate India. The partnership between Muthusamy and Piedt is now nearing 100. South Africa 161/8 but now they are nine down. Shami gets rid of Piedt.
13:12 hrs IST: The partnership continues to frustrate India. Piedt and Muthusamy are showing the South African top order what they could have achieved with a bit more application. South Africa are 153/8, needing a further 242 runs for a win. India two wickets away.
13:01 hrs IST: FIFTY! Dane Piedt notches up his maiden fifty. It has been a supreme effort from South Africa's tail-enders and India continue to get frustrated. South Africa are 149/8, needing a further 246 runs for a win. India need two wickets.
12:48 hrs IST: Piedt hits an inside out boundary off Jadeja over deep extra cover while Muthusamy smashes two boundaries off Ashwin. The frustration continues for India and South Africa are 138/8, needing 257 more runs for a win. India need two wickets.
12:36 hrs IST: India are still trying hard for taking the last two wickets. Both Muthusamy and Piedt are dealing with the conditions well. South Africa are 121/8, need 274 runs for a win but India need just two wickets. The partnership between Piedt and Muthusamy has crossed fifty.
11:34 hrs IST: Kohli has requested the extra half an hour to wrap up the innings. But, Piedt and Muthusamy are frustrating South Africa and are scoring boundaries at will. South Africa 110/8, need 285 more for a win. But India need only two wickets
11:20 hrs IST: Piedt hits a four and a six off Jadeja and that is the new world record. 36 sixes in a Test breaks the previous set by Pakistan vs New Zealand in the 2014 Sharjah Test. South Africa are 94/8, India two wickets away from a win.
11:10 hrs IST: India are plugging away and are aiming to take this wicket as soon as possible. Muthusamy is looking solid while Piedt is creating chances for the spinners. South Africa are 81/8, India two wickets away from a win.
10:55 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja is on a hat-trick. Keshav Maharaj plays down the wrong line to a delivery that spins across and is trapped on the back pad. South Africa opt for the review but it is clipping the off stump. However, he misses it and South Africa are 70/8. India nearing a win in the first session itself.
10:52 hrs IST: WICKET! This is sublime from Jadeja. He rips this delivery across and Philander plays down the wrong line. He gets hit on the back pad and they appeal for an LBW. The umpire does not give it out and the review is taken. Pitching in line and it is hitting off stump. Vernon Philander goes. South Africa are 70/7, India three wickets away from a win.
10:49 hrs IST: WICKET! Fantastic catch from Sir Jadeja! Markram is stunned and he does not want to go. Flighted delivery and Markram drills it to the left of Jadeja, the bowler sticks his left hand out and plucks a sharp one-handed catch. South Africa are 70/6, India four wickets away.
10:47 hrs IST: Markram is batting confidently but India are going for the kill here. Shami is bowling brilliantly and he has gotten his tail up. South Africa are 70/5, India five wickets away.
10:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Shami. He is ripping the heart of the South African batting. Fullish ball angled across and it straightens a bit, Quinton de Kock plays down the wrong line totally and the ball pegs the off stump back. The centurion from the first innings is gone and one feels that this is it for South Africa. The Proteas are 60/5, India five wickets away.
10:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Total misjudgment from du Plessis. This is the way how Simon Jones bowled Michael Clarke during the 2005 Ashes. Good length ball and it tails back in a touch, du Plessis left it on length but the ball kept coming back in and it knocked the off stump out. South Africa are 52/4, India six wickets away from a win.
10:22 hrs IST: Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram have dug in and are negotiating the pace and spin well. South Africa are 48/3, needing another 347 runs for a win.
10:02 hrs IST: Markram breaks the shackles with a big six off Ashwin while du Plessis gets off the mark with a boundary to fine leg. South Africa are 33/3, needing another 362 runs more for a win.
09:43 hrs IST: WICKET! Absolute shooter this! Poor Temba Bavuma. He is down on the pitch. Length ball angled in sharply and it keeps very low, Bavuma cannot get under it and the ball knocks the middle and off stump out of the ground. South Africa 20/3, needing 375 more for a win.
09:38 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant from Ashwin. The offspinner pitches it on a length and the ball turns in sharply, to compound the batsman's woes, it shoots through low and Theunis de Bruyn has no clue. The middle stump is pegged back and South Africa are 19/2, needing 376 more for a win.
09:33 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the final day of the Test match. It is all a question of how South Africa can cope with the spin of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Aswhin on a wearing pitch. Remember, they have had some epic rearguards in the last couple of years. Faf du Plessis would know. Can South Africa repeat it in India. South Africa 18/1, need 377 more for victory.