India suffered a humiliating defeat by an innings and 32 runs in the first match of the two-match Test series against South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The defeat not only ended India’s wait for a Test series win in the Rainbow Nation, but also knocked Rohit Sharma’s team off the top spot of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table.
India were unbeaten in the 2023-2025 cycle of the WTC before the first Test against the Proteas. The Asian giants had won one Test and drawn the other against West Indies in July. Now, they have tasted defeat for the first time and have slipped to fifth position with 14 points and 44.44 percentage points (PCT). Meanwhile, Temba Bavuma & Co. top the table with 12 points and a perfect 100 PCT.
India’s arch rival Pakistan is currently in second place with 22 points and 61.11 PCT. His position may change depending on how he performs in the ongoing second Test against Australia in Melbourne. New Zealand and Bangladesh are joint third in the table with 12 points and 50 PCT. Defending champions Australia are placed sixth, one place below India, the team they defeated in the summit clash. The Australian team has 30 points and PCT of 41.67.
West Indies are placed seventh with only four points and 16.67 PCT. England is in second place from the bottom. He has nine points with 15 PCT. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka are at the bottom of the table but are yet to get their first point.
Dean Elgar, bowlers gave memorable victory to South Africa
Talking about the first test of the series, on the basis of KL Rahul’s excellent century, Team India managed to score 245 runs in its first innings against South Africa. The pitch was a bit loose in the home team’s first innings and Dean Elgar, who is set to retire from international cricket at the end of the series, scored a brilliant 185.
South Africa has taken a big lead of 163 runs in the first innings. The tourists batted poorly and were out for just 131 runs. Virat Kohli was the lone warrior by scoring 76 runs in 82 balls. While Kagiso Rabada performed brilliantly by taking five wickets in the first inning, it was debutant Nandre Berger who stole the limelight. Bowling card in the second, finishing with four wickets.