SA vs India 1st Test: Vernon Philander stars as Proteas beat India by 72 runs

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Vernon Philander (R) picked up six wickets for South Africa.

Cape Town: South Africa defeated India by 72 runs on Day four of the first Test here on January 8, as they took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Vernon Philander was the star with the ball, having finished with a spell of 6-42 in the second innings, finishing the match with nine wickets overall.
India struggled in the run chase, after having lost openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay early. Captain Virat Kohli, who scored five runs in the first innings, managed to score just 28 runs this time round.
Ravichandran Ashwin (37 runs) was the star with the bat this time, but even a 49-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar could not help India cross the finish line.
Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada took two wickets each, apart from Philander’s six-wicket haul.
South Africa were earlier bundled out for 130 in their second innings, giving India a 208-run target. However, despite a cautious start by the openers, the visitors failed to reach the target.
The second Test match will be played at Centurion, starting on January 13.
Score Board:
South Africa:
286/10 and 130/10
India: 209/10 and 135/10

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