India National Cricket Team vs South Africa National Cricket Team Match Scorecard

Proteas Crush India in Innings Defeat at Centurion

The first Test of the India tour of South Africa in December 2023 turned out to be a one-sided affair, with the hosts securing a dominant innings victory inside three days. Let’s revisit the highs and lows of the match at the historic SuperSport Park in Centurion.

India’s Fragile Start

India’s batting woes against swinging conditions in South Africa continued. Openers fell cheaply to Kagiso Rabada’s express pace and debutant Nandre Burger’s sharp seam bowling. KL Rahul stood tall amidst the ruins, scoring a gritty century (70) to provide some respectability to the scoreboard. Eventually, India were bundled out for a meagre 245 runs.

South Africa Bat Big

In reply, South Africa lost opener Aiden Markram early, but Sarel van Zyl and Dean Elgar consolidated the innings. They weathered the initial Indian bowling attack before pouncing on loose deliveries from Shardul Thakur and Prasidh Krishna. Elgar, in particular, thrived, scoring a magnificent double century (202) to put the Proteas firmly in control.

India’s Bowling Woes

India’s bowling lacked penetration throughout the South African innings. Jasprit Bumrah, who usually carries the attack, was relatively ineffective. The lack of variety and discipline from the spinners didn’t help either. South Africa piled on a mammoth 408 runs, giving them a commanding lead of 163.

India Succumb Again

Needing a near-miraculous fightback to save the Test, India’s second innings was even worse. The Proteas’ bowling attack, led by Burger’s four wickets, ripped through the Indian batting order. The visitors were bundled out for a paltry 131 runs, handing South Africa a convincing victory by an innings and 32 runs.

Takeaways from the Match

This crushing defeat exposed India’s vulnerabilities against swing bowling in away conditions. KL Rahul’s knock was a bright spot, but the team’s bowling lacked bite. For South Africa, the win was a perfect start to the series, with Elgar and Burger emerging as the heroes.

Looking Ahead

With the series already 1-0 down, India will have a monumental task ahead to level the series. They’ll need to address their batting woes and find a way to penetrate the South African defense. The second Test promises to be a crucial encounter, and all eyes will be on how India responds to this crushing defeat.

India vs South Africa, 1st Test Scorecard (Centurion, Dec 26, 2023)


1st Innings – 245 (KL Rahul – 70, Shardul Thakur – 46) Bowling: KG Rabada (4/45), Nandre Burger (4/32)

2nd Innings – 131 (Mayank Agarwal – 36, Mohammed Shami – 24) Bowling: Nandre Burger (4/26), Marco Jansen (3/32)

South Africa

1st Innings – 408 (Dean Elgar – 202, Sarel van Zyl – 72) Bowling: Mohammed Shami (3/84), Jasprit Bumrah (2/73)

Result: South Africa won by an innings and 32 runs

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