Indian teams poor performance against South Africa continued in the Freedom Test Series as well. Team India was all out for mere 201 in the first innings of First Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Series for test matches. Proteas were 2 wickets down at the end of the first day’s play.
India Vs South Africa First Test Match 2015: India rattles in the first Innings
Virat Kohli led Indian team couldn’t overcome their bad performance in T20I and ODI Series against the Proteas as they carried the bizarre run under the new captain, Kohli. India stumbled to 201 on the first day of the test after winning the toss and electing to bat first. South Africa’s start for their first innings was no different as they lost 2 wickets at the score of 9 and ended the first day play at 28 runs to their kitty.
India Vs South Africa First Day: Match Report
Indian Captain, Virat Kohli celebrated his 27th birthday by winning the toss and electing to bat first but his decision was proved wrong by his batters as India was dismissed for 201 with Murali Vijay (75) and Ravindra Jadeja (38) only battling the Proteas attack led by Dean Elgar (Not Steyn or Tahir). Part time bowler, Elgar managed to pick 4 Indian scalps and rattle the Indian batting.
Shikar Dhawan again disappointed the team at the top as he didn’t trouble the scorers at all and went for duck to Vernon Philander. Pujara and Murali Vijay initiated a good partnership but Elgar’s introduction worked for Hashim Amla as Pujara was dismissed by a straight delivery while Birthday boy, the captain followed Pujara and scored just 1 run for his team. After Virat’s dismissal it was Rahane and Vijay again but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and India managed to score only 201 runs with good late efforts from Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin (20*). Vijay was top scorer with his good 75 run knock.
South Africa’s batters also faced the heat with Ashwin and Jadeja managing to pick Van Zyl and Faf Du Plesis respectively. Proteas would begin their inning at 28 for 2 on Day 2 of the test match.