Philander bowls South Africa to victory over India
January 8, 2018 | 8:08 PM
by Reuters
South Africa's Vernon Philander celebrates after dismissing India's Murali Vijay during the fourth day of their first Test at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Monday. - Reuters

Cape Town: Seamer Vernon Philander took career-best figures as rampant South Africa claimed a 72-run victory over India on a gripping fourth day of the first Test on Monday.

Set 208 for victory, India were skittled out for 135 in 42.4 overs in their second innings on a lively wicket with Philander the chief destroyer, recording figures of six for 42 for his first five-wicket haul in Tests since 2013.

India had looked to seize control of the Test when they bowled South Africa out for 130 in the morning session, but found the home attack on the seamer-friendly wicket too much of a challenge.

After day three had been a washout, 18 wickets fell in 64 overs on Monday, all going to seamers.

South Africa resumed on 65 for two, but were only able to double their score before they lost their last eight wickets.

Mohammed Shami (three for 28) and debutant Jasprit Bumrah (three for 39) were the pick of the Indian bowlers and there were two wickets for Bhuvneshwar Kumar (two for 33).

Only an attacking 35 from De Villiers stemmed the tide to a degree before he was the last man out.

South Africa, without injured seamer Dale Steyn who will miss the rest of the series with a heel problem, weathered a first-wicket stand of 30 for India in reply, before the wickets began to fall at regular intervals.

Shikhar Dhawan (16) sparred a rising deliver from Morne Morkel (two for 39) to gully.

Philander picked up his first wicket as Murali Vijay (13) edged to third slip.

Cheteshwar Pujara (4) became Morkel's second victim with the score on 39, before Indian captain Virat Kohli (28) took the attack to the South Africans.

He was undone playing across a straight delivery from Philander.

Rohit Sharma (10) was bowled off the inside edge by Philander before the tourists' first-innings hero Hardik Pandya edged Kagiso Rabada to De Villiers in the slips.

Rabada claimed the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha (8) with the last ball before tea.

Philander then took three wickets in four balls to seal victory after a seventh-wicket stand of 49 between top-scorer Ravichandran Ashwin (37) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (13 not out) had briefly sent jitters through the Newlands crowd.

South Africa are hosting India in a three-Test series this month, with matches to come in Pretoria, starting on Saturday, and Johannesburg.


South Africa 1st innings: 286

India 1st innings: 209

South Africa 2nd innings

A. Markram c Bhuvneshwar b H. Pandya 34

D. Elgar c W. Saha b H. Pandya 25

K. Rabada c V, Kohli b M. Shami 5

Hashim Amla c R. Sharma b M. Shami 4

AB de Villiers c Bhuvneshwar b J. Bumrah 35

Faf du Plessis c W. Saha b J Bumrah 0

Q. de Kock c W. Saha b J. Bumrah 8

V. Philander lbw M. Shami 0

K. Maharaj c W. Saha b Bhuvneshwar 15

M. Morkel c W. Saha b Bhuvneshwar 2

Dale Steyn (not out) 0

Extras (w-2) 2

Total (all out, 41.2 Overs) 130

Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-59, 3-66, 4-73, 5-82, 6-92, 7-95, 8-122, 9-130.

Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11-5-33-2, Jasprit Bumrah 11.2-1-39-3, Mohammed Shami 12-3-28-3, Hardik Pandya 6-0-27-2, Ravichandran Ashwin 1-0-3-0.

India 2nd Innings

M. Vijay c de Villiers b V. Philander 13

S. Dhawan c (sub)C. Morris b M. Morkel 16

C. Pujara c de Kock b M. Morkel 4

Virat Kohli lbw V. Philander 28

Rohit Sharma b Philander 10

W. Saha lbw K. Rabada 8

H. Pandya c de Villiers b K. Rabada 1

R. Ashwin c de Kock b V. Philander 37

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (not out) 13

M. Shami c du Plessis b Philander 4

Jasprit Bumrah c du Plessis b Philander 0

Extras (lb-1) 1

Total (all out, 42.4 Overs) 135

Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-30, 3-39, 4-71, 5-76, 6-77, 7-82, 8-131, 9-135.

Bowling: Vernon Philander 15.4-4-42-6, Morne Morkel 11-1-39-2, Kagiso Rabada 12-2-41-2, Keshav Maharaj 4-1-12-0.

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