After receiving a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Proteans in the 5 match 1-day series, Indians returned to form in the Ist test match. This was the come-back match for Saurav Ganguly who was out of the team for nearly an year. He justified his selection by proving his worth with the bat in the first innings and making a valuable 20 odd runs in the second.
Here is what the Deccan Chronicle has had to say about India's win -
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble took three wickets as India completed a historic triumph by beating South Africa by 123 runs on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday. A defiant 97 by Ashwell Prince could not prevent India from achieving their first Test win in three tours of South Africa.
Prince and Shaun Pollock, virtually the only South Africans who shone in the match, put on 67 for the seventh wicket, their team‘s highest partnership of either innings, to delay India‘s victory celebrations. The stand was ended by Kumble, who bowled Pollock for 40. Kumble then trapped Andre Nel leg before before bowling Prince when the left-hander went down the pitch and misjudged the flight. Kumble took 3/54.
India‘s win was set up when they bowled out South Africa for 84 in the first innings when opening bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth took 5/40. Sreesanth, who followed up with three top order wickets in South Africa‘s second innings, was unable to add to his wicket tally as South Africa‘s last five wickets fell for 115 on Monday. Sreesanth had match figures of 8/99.
South Africa‘s slim hopes of pulling off a miracle win suffered an early blow when Mark Boucher was out to the 15th ball of the morning without adding to his overnight score of 23. Boucher played across a full-length ball from left-armer Zaheer Khan and was given out leg before. Pollock played an attacking innings, hitting Khan out of the attack with some powerful blows, including a hooked six. He made his runs off 41 balls with six fours and a six. But the introduction of the experienced Kumble effectively snuffed out South Africa‘s hopes of getting anywhere near a victory target of 402. Following the dismissal of Nel, Prince played some attacking shots and seemed on course for his fifth Test century before being bowled three runs short. He defied the Indian bowlers for 327 minutes, faced 223 balls and hit 11 fours. It was his second nearmiss at the Wanderers. Last season he was out for 93 against Australia. South Africa were bowled out for 278, the highest total of the match, when Makhaya Ntini was caught at point off Zaheer Khan after the second new ball was taken.
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