Match Over - South Africa won by 72 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
  • Referee: BC Broad
  • When: 05 Jan 2018, 10:30 SAST
  • Winner: South Africa
  • Man of the Match: VD Philander


  • Umpire1: RA Kettleborough
  • Umpire2: MA Gough
  • Third Umpire: PR Reiffel



Overs: 73.1 / 0.0

South Africa



Overs: 73.4 / 0.0


5.15pm Despite the entire third day getting washed out, South Africa go 1-0 up with more than a day to spare. What a cracking day of Test cricket - 18 wickets tumbled in 64 overs. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Thanks for tuning in. I will leave you with Al Muthu's report. Goodbye and good night for now.

If you had missed the action from day four, you can watch the highlights here (India subcontinent only)

WATCH (Ind subcontinent only) - Philander wraps up SA's win with Bumrah wicket

WATCH (Ind subcontinent only) - Philander gets Shami

Whizzbang: ""They were a bowler short but they pitched the balls in the right areas and bowled their hearts out" That says it all. Protea Fire. You can't extinguish it!"

Kung Fu Pandya: "India in the next Test should go in with Rahane and KL Rahul. KL and Vijay are more solid and Rahane has shown he can make runs in overseas conditions. Kohli I think is fine despite making low scores overseas. He was looking fluent for his 28 and is not far from making a significant score."

VISWAGOPAL: "First innings AB's knock makes the difference to this game. Both the side's second innings pretty much same score. Well played by both the teams"

Vedhas: "Hoping for a better selection from Team India for starters. Fielding the best team is a good way to start winning matches. KL Rahul and Jinks are definitely better than the guys

occupying their posts. "

Adarsh: "There would be a lot of talk on Indian batting deficiencies, but I feel that the biggest difference has been the quality of slip catching. The drop of Maharaj cost India 35 runs directly. And I see no way in which any other team could catch the blinders SA slips pulled off diving forward in the second innings."


Virat Kohli: Well in hindsight, we lost by 70-odd, if we had taken chances in the first innings, they would have been 220. Losing wickets in bunches we have to plug in. We were in the game for the three days and it was a wonderful match to be part of. We would have taken that if someone told 208 would be the target. It was a great effort but we needed someone to get a 75 or 80. 20 or 30 is not enough. They were a bowler short but they pitched the balls in the right areas and bowled their hearts out. We need to rectify our mistakes also. Batting, as I said, we need to think about stringing partnerships. This game is all about partnerships, and crucial runs, and they did better. The bowlers learnt pretty quickly and did well in the second innings. We are still feeling good about how we went about this Test match. The mindset really matters when you travel away from home. You need to positive in defence and leaving, and cash in on scoring. We believe in Pandya, he always wants to do well, even away from home. He showed a lot of character and the knock was brilliant

Faf du Plessis: Every single time in this Test, we had to stand up in tough periods. The way we responded was brilliant. Even with them getting to a decent start, we stuck to our guns. The first morning we expected it to move around, but quite a bit of damage was done in the first hour. I thought 270 was par, Pandya then took risks and it came off. Once again, the bowlers stepped up. The plan was to try and get 200 runs and have a lead of 350 and have a crack at them. We were surprised how much the ball was doing. It was like a day one pitch. Green, again. It was a good pitch, though, and there was a good challenge between the bat and ball. It is really important to put the opposition under pressure in a three-match series. Dale would have been a real handful. We feel sorry for him and wish him a speedy recovery. And thanks to the great crowd over the three days.

Vernon Philander, Man of the Match: Coming to Newlands, it is generally slow, but they caught us off guard in the first morning. It was a wonderful effort with the bat from us in the first innings. What better crowd, what better conditions you can ask for! I think the ways the boys went about is was special. We were one seamer down but KG and Morne also bowled pretty well. I have been coming back after the break, so I felt a little stiff. Look, Dale has been one hell of a champion, one hell of a leader. Hopefully, he is back as soon as possible.

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South Africa did not have Steyn - down with a heel injury in the fourth innings - but Philander stepped up with career-best figures to lead the hosts to 1-0. He waves to the crowd and soaks in the applause. He kept nagging away outside off and found sharp movement from a Newlands pitch, which threw up several unplayable deliveries. He first had Vijay nicking off and then worked his way through the middle and lower order. Morne Morkel wasn't as threatening with the new ball but soon hit rhythm and bounced out Dhawan and Pujara.

India seemed to have a good chance in the 208 chase when Kohli was batting fluently but then Philander returned to pin the India captain with an inswinger. He was so confident that he did not spin around to appeal and kept running away in celebration. There was no stopping him today.

Robin Sharma : "When your number 8 and 9 batsmen face more deliveries (94) and score 50 runs as compared 65 balls faced by Top 3 batsmen for just 33 runs, how can any team win a match like this. Poor batting "

Lakshman Kumar: "This is the second time that SA lost Steyn in the middle of a Test match due to an injury and the remaining bowlers stood up and won them the match..! They did it against the Aussies and now with India..! Great crop of fast bowlers..!"

WATCH - R Ashwin caught behind by de Kock (Ind subcontinent only)

In other news, Barcelona spent roughly 1200 crores for Philippe Coutinho. ESPN looks at ten better ways of spending that money.

42.4VD Philander to JJ Bumrah, OUT, No run, That is that. Philander, fittingly, wraps up the game for SA with career-best returns of 6 for 42! Bumrah bags a duck on Test debut. Full, pitches on off, and bends away just outside off, Bumrah is opened up as he sends an outside edge behind. Faf dives forward from second slip and pouches it.
42.3VD Philander to Mohammed Shami, OUT, No run, That's a five-wicket haul for Philander. Full and swings away outside off, Shami has a naughty flirt at it wide outside off. Philander finds the outside edge, Faf dives to his left from second slip and snaffles it. SA just one away from 1-0.
42.2VD Philander to Mohammed Shami, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, full and swings in on off, Shami dances out and lofts it straight of mid-on with a high elbow. Shot.
42.1VD Philander to R Ashwin, OUT, No run, First ball de Kock is upto the stumps, he pulls off a terrific catch. Is it the catch that seals the game? The eighth-wicket stand ends on 49. Good length and wobbles away outside off - not all that short - Ashwin slashes a cut and edges it behind. De Kock swiftly closes his gloves around the ball.
End of over 42. 6 runs this over. 131/7 after 252 balls.
R Ashwin 37 (52b 5x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 4-1-12-0
B Kumar 13 (41b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 41. 2 runs this over. 125/7 after 246 balls.
R Ashwin 32 (49b 5x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 15-4-38-3
B Kumar 12 (38b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 4 runs this over. 123/7 after 240 balls.
B Kumar 11 (37b 1x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 3-1-6-0
R Ashwin 31 (44b 5x4 0x6 ) more

With that, I'm off for a bit. Deiva's back to keep you entertained.

End of over 39. 5 runs this over. 119/7 after 234 balls.
R Ashwin 31 (44b 5x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 14-4-36-3
B Kumar 7 (31b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 2 runs this over. 114/7 after 228 balls.
R Ashwin 27 (42b 4x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 2-1-2-0
B Kumar 6 (27b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 9 runs this over. 112/7 after 222 balls.
B Kumar 6 (27b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 13-4-31-3
R Ashwin 25 (36b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 36.  A maiden over! 103/7 after 216 balls.
B Kumar 6 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) KA Maharaj 1-1-0-0
R Ashwin 16 (32b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 6 runs this over. 103/7 after 210 balls.
R Ashwin 16 (32b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 12-2-41-2
B Kumar 6 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 34. 2 runs this over. 97/7 after 204 balls.
B Kumar 5 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 11-1-39-2
R Ashwin 11 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH (Ind subcontinent only) - Philander pins Saha lbw at the stroke of tea

End of over 33. 3 runs this over. 95/7 after 198 balls.
R Ashwin 10 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 11-2-35-2
B Kumar 4 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 6 runs this over. 92/7 after 192 balls.
R Ashwin 8 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 10-1-37-2
B Kumar 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 2 runs this over. 86/7 after 186 balls.
B Kumar 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 10-2-32-2
R Ashwin 2 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 2 runs this over. 84/7 after 180 balls.
B Kumar 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 9-1-31-2
R Ashwin 2 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29.  A maiden over! 82/7 after 174 balls.
WP Saha 8 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 9-2-30-2
R Ashwin 1 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more

3.30pm India's batsmen have collapsed against swing and bounce on a spicy Newlands surface. South Africa are just three wickets away from victory. We will be back in 20 minutes for what could be the final passage of play.

Saif: "Vern McGrath is Back! <3"

Dhaval : "India certainly have to change their batting approach for the next two tests. Blocking and playing across the line won't work against this accurate SA attack. "

NISHANT DAS: "That first morning indiscipline from Indian bowlers first and then the top three batters has left them in such precarious situation. If only they would have been disciplined the result would been have been much different."

Faisal: "Test cricket is always a bit more interesting with some help for fast bowlers, things could change pretty quickly for both teams. And who doesn't like a fair fight between batsmen and bowlers, punches & counter punches."

SG: "This match is close is mainly because of Pandya's attack with the bat in the first innings. What I still don't get is that out of this 7 wickets in the second innings why nobody tried to play an single attacking innings for 30 or 40? I understand the top 3 batsmen can't do that, but Rohit or saha could've made an odi kind of innings for 30/40. Isn't it better to get 30 out of 40 deliveries and get closer to target, than 10 out of 30 deliveries and still fail?"

WATCH - Morkel beauty removes Pujara for 4

Bhavik : "I'm quite enjoying the context. I'm an avid supporter of both camps so I just wanted to see competitive games. So far, I've not been disappointed and I hope the rest of the tour lives up to this! "

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End of over 28.  A maiden over! 82/6 after 168 balls.
R Ashwin 1 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 12-4-22-3
WP Saha 8 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 1 runs this over. 82/6 after 162 balls.
WP Saha 8 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 8-1-30-1
R Ashwin 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 26. 4 runs this over. 81/6 after 156 balls.
WP Saha 8 (11b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 11-3-22-3
R Ashwin 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Saurabh: "So all the old failings still remain. Guess the more things change the more they remain the same. One player who is known for playing well in these situations was dropped - Rahane. This was a rare golden opportunity to win a test in SA. "

End of over 25.  A maiden over! 77/6 after 150 balls.
R Ashwin 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 7-1-29-1
WP Saha 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more

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Shahrose : "This South African attack without steyn is doing so much damage. Imagine if steyn was playing. "

End of over 24. 1 runs this over. 77/5 after 144 balls.
HH Pandya 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 10-3-18-3
WP Saha 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 5 runs this over. 76/4 after 138 balls.
WP Saha 4 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 6-0-29-0
RG Sharma 10 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Firdose tells me Maharaj went all the way from the deep to apologise to Rabada

End of over 22.  A maiden over! 71/4 after 132 balls.
WP Saha 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 9-3-17-2
RG Sharma 9 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 5 runs this over. 71/3 after 126 balls.
RG Sharma 9 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 5-0-24-0
V Kohli 28 (36b 4x4 0x6 ) more

LP: "Kohli looking very very good. Balls stopped seaming as much. I expect India to do it without too much drama. It will be a great away win. They have had better conditions to bat in though, which I think will be the difference between two very good sides in this match."

End of over 20. 1 runs this over. 66/3 after 120 balls.
RG Sharma 9 (24b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 8-2-17-1
V Kohli 23 (31b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Here's Deiva to take you through till tea.

End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 65/3 after 114 balls.
V Kohli 22 (26b 3x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 8-1-29-2
RG Sharma 9 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 1 runs this over. 61/3 after 108 balls.
V Kohli 21 (25b 3x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 7-2-16-1
RG Sharma 6 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 6 runs this over. 60/3 after 102 balls.
V Kohli 21 (22b 3x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 7-1-25-2
RG Sharma 5 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 54/3 after 96 balls.
RG Sharma 5 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 4-0-19-0
V Kohli 15 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 3 runs this over. 52/3 after 90 balls.
V Kohli 14 (15b 2x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 6-1-19-2
RG Sharma 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 10 runs this over. 49/3 after 84 balls.
V Kohli 12 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 3-0-17-0
RG Sharma 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13.  A maiden over! 39/3 after 78 balls.
RG Sharma 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 5-1-16-2
V Kohli 5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 6 runs this over. 39/2 after 72 balls.
CA Pujara 4 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 2-0-7-0
V Kohli 5 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 2 runs this over. 33/2 after 66 balls.
CA Pujara 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 6-2-15-1
V Kohli 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 1 runs this over. 31/2 after 60 balls.
V Kohli 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) K Rabada 1-0-1-0
CA Pujara 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9.  A maiden over! 30/2 after 54 balls.
V Kohli 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 5-2-13-1
CA Pujara 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Soheb: "Collapse in progress. Loading 10%. Remaining 9 wickets. "

End of over 8. 2 runs this over. 30/1 after 48 balls.
CA Pujara 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 4-0-16-1
M Vijay 13 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more

James: "Was just about to suggest that Rabada should replace Morkel. I'm getting good at this jinxing business!"

End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 28/0 after 42 balls.
M Vijay 12 (24b 2x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 4-1-13-0
S Dhawan 15 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Vishwesh: "Let me spell out the obvious here. The unavailability of Steyn is going to be taxing on SA. Along with the pressure to take wickets. They will need to get Keshav Maharaj into the picture soon. Indians just need to hold on for a while."

End of over 6. 8 runs this over. 24/0 after 36 balls.
S Dhawan 15 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 3-0-14-0
M Vijay 8 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 7 runs this over. 16/0 after 30 balls.
S Dhawan 8 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 3-1-9-0
M Vijay 7 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shabbir Husain : "Grinding out wont work on this pitch. you have to keep scoring and take your chances while you can. India need kohli to play abd's innings here."

End of over 4. 5 runs this over. 9/0 after 24 balls.
M Vijay 7 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 2-0-6-0
S Dhawan 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pranjal: "Just take the game deep - target under 200 now #dhoniway"

sravan: "Methinks the match would be over today - one way or the other."

End of over 3. 2 runs this over. 4/0 after 18 balls.
M Vijay 3 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 2-1-2-0
S Dhawan 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 1 runs this over. 2/0 after 12 balls.
S Dhawan 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) M Morkel 1-0-1-0
M Vijay 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Shan: "Can't India play it like an ODI? --- Are you kidding me?

End of over 1. 1 runs this over. 1/0 after 6 balls.
S Dhawan 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) VD Philander 1-1-0-0
M Vijay 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
M VijayC AB de Villiers B VD Philander1343322040.63
S DhawanC CH Morris B M Morkel1637202080
CA PujaraC Q de Kock B M Morkel422130030.77
V KohliLBW VD Philander2862404070
RG SharmaB VD Philander1053300033.33
WP SahaLBW K Rabada836192042.11
HH PandyaC AB de Villiers B K Rabada1550020
R AshwinC Q de Kock B VD Philander3781535069.81
B Kumarnot out 1362411031.71
Mohammed ShamiC F du Plessis B VD Philander43210200
JJ BumrahC F du Plessis B VD Philander01100-
Total 209/10
VD Philander15.444262.68
M Morkel11.013923.55
K Rabada12.024123.42
KA Maharaj4.011203