- Shami becomes Indian pacer to take 200 Test wickets in shortest balls
- Pant achieved a big milestone by leaving behind former captain Dhoni
- Indian cricket team conquered Centurion fort for the first time
The Indian cricket team created history by defeating South Africa (IND v SA 1st Test) by 113 runs in the Centurion Test. This is India’s first Test win at Centurion. Chasing the target of 305 runs set by India, the host African team was bundled out for 191 runs.
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami took a total of 8 wickets, which included 5 wickets in the first innings and 3 wickets in the second innings. Shami had completed a double century of wickets in Test cricket with a 5-wicket haul.
Shami became the third fast bowler for India after legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev (50 Tests) and Javagal Srinath (54 Tests) to take 200 Test wickets. Shami achieved this feat in his 55th Test match.
At the same time, this Test was also memorable for wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who completed a total of 100 victims behind the wicket. Pant achieved this feat in his 26th Test. Before him, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had taken the first 100 victims in 36 Test matches. Pant took a total of 7 catches in the match.
After Team India’s historic win, Shami and Pant celebrated their achievement by cutting the cake. BCCI posted a photo on its official Twitter handle in which Shami and Pant were seen cutting the same cake. Support staff and teammates were present during this. BCCI wrote in the caption, ‘200 Test wickets, 100 dismissals as wicketkeeper. Celebration for special achievement.
Team India bid farewell to the year 2021 with victory
India scored 327 in its first innings and 174 in the second innings. South Africa could only manage 197 runs in the first innings. KL Rahul, who scored a century in the first innings for India, was adjudged the man of the match.
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After stalling Australia’s winning streak at the Gabba in Brisbane earlier this year, India ended 2021 by halting South Africa’s victory chariot at SuperSport Park. South Africa had previously registered seven consecutive victories at SuperSport Park since 2014.
India’s fourth Test win on African soil
This is India’s first win in Centurion and fourth in Test matches on South African soil but it has made a strong move towards winning a Test series for the first time in this country. The second match of the series will be played from January 3 in Johannesburg where India have won two matches.
African batsmen looked helpless in front of the trio of Shami, Bumrah, Siraj
India achieved this victory in a way in three and a half days as the second day of the match was washed out due to rain. The South African batsmen looked helpless in front of the Indian fast bowling trio Bumrah, Shami and Siraj.
Virat did this thing after the victory
Indian captain Virat Kohli later said, ‘We got off to a great start the way we wanted. Achieving a result in four days shows how well we played. Winning South Africa is not easy but we did well in all the three departments – batting, bowling and fielding.