Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli’s performance  

The Indians first bundled out the hosts for 244 for a slender first innings with the lead of 36 runs and then batted with purpose and maturity. India consolidated their strong position in the first cricket Test against South Africa by rattling up 421 in their second innings on the back of Cheteshwar Pujara's 153 and Virat Kohli's 96 on the fourth and penultimate day.

Zaheer’s comeback

Veteran Zaheer Khan made a good comeback and polished off the South African tail taking four wickets for 88 runs in the first of Johannesburg test match. He did complete the feat, when he got the wicket of Jacques Kallis at the Wanderers during the second innings. Replays showed Kallis was not out and it gave India a chance to fight for a win on the final day.

Ishant’s good spell

Ishant Sharma, whose devastating spell on day two brought India back into the first Test. Ishant's double strike in the final session of the second day of the first Test turned the match in India’s favour as the pacer ended with figures of four for 79 in the first innings.

Faff du Plessis partnership with AB de Villiers

South African batsman Faff du Plessis' superb knock of 134 runs and his 205-run partnership with AB de Villiers had set South Africa up for a world record win but they fell short by eight runs while chasing a 458-tun target and the host had to settle for a draw.

Morkel's ankle injury

Pacer Morne Morkel’s injury compounded matters for host team in the opening Test against India. Morkel twisted his ankle and was ruled out for the rest of the match. It was advantage India with the Proteas one bowler short.


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