Shami, Jadeja help India go 1-0 up in South Africa Test series

VISAKHAPATNAM: Pace­man Mohammed Shami and spinner Ravindra Jadeja took nine wickets between them as India outplayed South Africa, winning by 203 runs on the final day of the first Test on Sunday.

Set a daunting target of 395, the tourists were bundled out for 191 in the second session at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, giving India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Shami returned figures of 5-35 while Jadeja took four wickets to help current leaders India grab 40 points in the World Test Championship.

“These… of conditions are pretty ideal for him [Shami]. He knows how to bowl on [these] pitches, gets reverse swing straight into play once he knows there is some help on offer,” said Rohit Sharma, named man-of-the-match for hitting two centuries in the game, which was his first as an opener. “He has mastered that art [of reverse swing] now, bowling with the old ball and getting it to reverse.”

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