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 India's batsman Jaidev Unadkat looks on after he was dismissed by South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, unseen, on the fifth day of the first cricket tes...
 South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the last wicket of India's batsman Jaidev Unadkat, unseen, to win th...
 India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar, right, looks on after fellow team member Jaidev Unadkat, left, is dismissed on the fifth day of the first cricket t...
 India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar, right, consoles teammate Jaidev Unadkat, left, for losing the last wicket on the fifth and final day of the first c...
 South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, right, celebrates with fellow team members after taking the last wicket of India's batsman Jaidev Unadkat, unseen, ...
 India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar, right, shakes hand with teammate Jaidev Unadkat, left, after losing their first cricket test match against South Af...
 India's batsman Shanthakumaran, left, reacts after being dismissed by South Africa's bowler Morne Morkel, unseen, on the fifth and final day of the f...

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India's batsman Jaidev Unadkat looks on after he was dismissed by South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, unseen, on the fifth day of the first cricket tes...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, center, celebrates with teammates after taking the last wicket of India's batsman Jaidev Unadkat, unseen, to win th...

South Africa India Cricket

India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar, right, looks on after fellow team member Jaidev Unadkat, left, is dismissed on the fifth day of the first cricket t...

South Africa India Cricket

India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar, right, consoles teammate Jaidev Unadkat, left, for losing the last wicket on the fifth and final day of the first c...

South Africa India Cricket

South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, right, celebrates with fellow team members after taking the last wicket of India's batsman Jaidev Unadkat, unseen, ...

South Africa India Cricket

India's batsman Sachin Tendulkar, right, shakes hand with teammate Jaidev Unadkat, left, after losing their first cricket test match against South Af...

South Africa India Cricket

India's batsman Shanthakumaran, left, reacts after being dismissed by South Africa's bowler Morne Morkel, unseen, on the fifth and final day of the f...

Fast bowlers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn took their combined match total to 14 wickets as South Africa closed out a dominant innings and 25-run win over India early on day five of the first test at Centurion on Monday.
The Proteas' leading quicks needed just six overs of the first session at SuperSport Park to seal a series-opening victory as Morkel dismissed Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (3) and Steyn removed Jaidev Unadkat (1) to have India all out for 459 in its second innings, still short of South Africa's first-innings 620-4 declared.
Sachin Tendulkar resisted with a sublime 111 not out from 241 balls in his record 50th test century and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a rapid 90 on Sunday, but top-ranked India's fate was virtually sealed when it was blasted out for 136 batting first _ and South Africa responded with its huge total.
"The deficit was just too much to handle," Dhoni said. "They way South Africa batted, they got too many. It was inevitable."
Three of South Africa's five batsmen used made centuries, with Jacques Kallis recording a first career double century, to send the home team to a series lead in the first of three matches between test cricket's top two teams.
"I'm obviously very happy," South Africa captain Graeme Smith said. "It's a big series which has had a massive build up and it was nice to come out and perform and get a good victory.
"The batsmen were incredible, to take the game to India and play with such positivity was incredible."
After winning a crucial toss on a fast bowler-friendly pitch, South Africa was dominant for much of a milestone-filled match, with second-innings partnerships of 137 between openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and a 172-run stand between Tendulkar and Dhoni _ and Tendulkar's record century _ India's only highlights.
The test also saw Morkel return a career-best 5-20 in India's first innings and AB De Villiers hit the fastest test century by a South African to power the Proteas to 620-4 _ also its highest test total vs. India.
The series continues with the second test in Durban on Dec. 26, ahead of a final match in Cape Town beginning Jan. 2, with India still seeking a first-ever test series win in South Africa in its fifth attempt.
"Over the next two days it's going to be important to rest, and take time off from cricket," Dhoni said, "and then get back in the groove."
Smith said: "We will take some time off then knuckle down for Durban and hope to make it 2-0."


Updated : 2021-10-19 11:56 GMT+08:00