India crushes South Africa 1st test and cements top spot in World Test Championship table

After the conclusion of the first-ever World Test Championship (WTC) match on Indian soil, India leads New Zealand and Sri Lanka on the points table by 100 points.
Written By Siddhu Manchikanti | Updated: October 06, 2019 17:50 IST
India crushes South Africa 1st test and cements top spot in World Test Championship table

India defeated South Africa by 203 runs in the first Test of the three-match series in Visakhapatnam today. Mohammed Shami took 5-35 as the tourists chasing 395 to win were bowled out for 191 on the fifth day. South Africa had resumed on 11-1 in Visakhapatnam but showed little resistance until Senuran Muthusamy and Dane Piedt came together on 70-8. They put on 91 before Shami removed Piedt (56) and Kagiso Rabada (18) to seal India's win. With the victory, India extended their unbeaten streak at home to 10 Tests dating back to March 2017.
 
The world record for most sixes hit in a Test was broken in India-South Africa match in Visakhapatnam after Dane Piedt's six off Ravindra Jadeja took the tally of maximums in the match to 36. Rohit Sharma hit 13 sixes in the match. The previous record (35 sixes) was set in the Pakistan-New Zealand Test in Sharjah in November 2014.
 
On Saturday, Rohit Sharma broke the record of most sixes in a Test with 13 hits over the fence, surpassing Pakistan great Wasim Akram who smashed 12 in a game against Zimbabwe in 1996. In total, 37 sixes were registered in this match where India sent 27 out of the fence and the Proteas have hit 10 sixes. Two five-fers were registered as Ashwin and Shami shared one each.
 
After the conclusion of the first-ever World Test Championship (WTC) match on Indian soil, India leads New Zealand and Sri Lanka on the points table by 100 points. India got 40 points from their 203-run victory over South Africa and have accumulated a total of 160 points. West Indies and South Africa are yet to open their accounts.




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