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India 135 all out, South Africa win 1st Test by 72 runs

After 29 overs, India's score stands at 82/7 at tea, and they still need 126 more runs to win the first Test. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2018, 10.57 AM (IST)

Riding on Vernon Philander’s six-wicket haul, South Africa defeated India by 72 runs on Day 4 of the first test in Cape Town, on Monday.

With this win, the Proteas go 1-0 up in the three-Test series against India.

India's batting order once again fell victim to South Africa's pace attack in the second innings after skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were dismissed in quick succession.

After 29 overs, India's score stood at 82/7 at tea, with 126 more runs required to win the first Test.  

The first innings star Hardik Pandya was also dismissed by Rabada, after facing just five balls.  

Earlier, openers Murli Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and C Pujara were also sent back to the pavilion without causing any much damage, scoring 16, 13 and 4 runs respectively. 

However, the bowling attack was at its ever best on a foreign soil after they reduced the South African team to mere 130 runs on Day 4 of the first Test match on Monday.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah struck early on Monday to take three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two as South Africa were bowled out in their second innings. 

They lost 8 wickets and scored just 65 runs in this session, after resuming the day 2 play at 65/2. 

The Proteas lost five wickets in quick succession with their score once reaching 95/6 after 34 overs.

India dismissed the opposite team quickly in a bid to salvage any chances of a result. 

They now need 208 runs to win this match, after conceding a first inning lead of 79, in remaining one and a half day 

The day three play was called off after heavy rainfall continued to lash Cape Town on Sunday.

After morning session was washed out, it was assumed that the teams could resume before the scheduled tea interval, as the rain stopped.  But it was for less than half an hour. 

The first innings for India was quite unfortunate when bowlers did their bit by holding the South African side for 286 but the batting order was shattered by the Proteas pacers when Indian side somehow saved the follow-on.