IND vs SA: 5 best moments from Newlands Test

South Africa won the first Test by 72 runs on Day Four, courtesy a ferocious display of pace bowling by speedster Vernon Philander; but India also dominated a few sessions. Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 4/87 in the first innings to Hardik Pandya's 93 — all stood out.

India started the Test series on a confident note. Though it lost the toss, but the body language on field threw light on the depth of its plans for the opponent. Bhuvneshwar Kumar — with his swing and now, added pace — stunned the Proteas top order. He dismissed Dean Elgar (caught by Wriddhiman Saha behind the wicket), Aiden Markram (trapped leg-before) and then, Hashim Amla (caught by Saha again) to leave South Africa reeling at 12/3. Photo: AFP
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On the second day, after bowling out South Africa for 286, India found itself in trouble after losing five wickets under 80 runs. Out came Hardik Pandya, the limited-overs hero for India. The 24-year-old initially struggled to connect but gradually, he managed to stitch a 99-run stand for the eighth wicket with Bhuvneshwar. Pandya missed his second Test century by a whisker, but the 93 off 95 changed the course of the match. His half-century came off 46 deliveries. Photo: AFP
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Comebacks are always special and Dale Steyn has been a world class bowler. It was special to see him celebrate his first wicket on return — that of Shikhar Dhawan in India’s first innings. The caught-and-bowled moment turned all heads. Unfortunately, the seasoned speedster limped out of the ground on the second day due to a heel injury. He didn’t bowl in the Test match, but, he came out to bat when South Africa was struggling at 130/9. He faced four deliveries and remained unbeaten on 0. Photo: AP
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But when you have a certain AB de Villiers in the side, things may change in a flash. The batting masterclass took centre-stage and started stitching a partnership with skipper Faf du Plessis. The right-handed stylish batsman smashed 14 fours to score 65 off 84 balls. Faf scored 62 and the duo ensured South Africa a decent total on board. Even in the second innings, AB's 35 proved handy. Photo: AFP
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Ravichandran Ashwin donned a different hat on the fourth day of the Test match. Chasing 208, the Indian top order perished within 70 odd runs. When Ashwin came to bat, the scoreboard said, “INDIA 76/5”. Suddenly, the target looked impossible, but Ashwin had set sights on the number. He played a beautiful innings, similar to that of a top order batter, and scored valuable 32 runs. Last but not the least, one must give credit to Vernon Philander for removing Ashwin on time and finishing with figures of 6/42. Photo: GALLO IMAGES
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