The first test between India and South Africa appeared to be meandering along at a slow pace for the first three days. However, it came alive on the fourth day and India managed to sneak in a win. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the first test between India and South Africa:
1) Rohit Rampage
Rohit Sharma was opening in test matches for the first time. He managed to grab the opportunity with both hands. He scored a century in both innings, giving India the perfect start. His partnership with Mayank Agarwal in the first innings proved to be crucial for India. They will be hoping that Rohit can continue this form.
2) Rabada Rage
Kagiso Rabada is one of the finest bowlers in test cricket. The rankings show that. His abilities show that. However, he failed to perform well in this test. Yes, the conditions were tough and not supportive for the fast bowlers. But Rabada managed just one wicket in the test. This was not at all expected. He will be hoping to improve soon.
3) Piedt Fight
Dane Piedt had a forgettable match with the ball. He failed to trouble the Indian batsmen and was taken apart by Rohit Sharma. However, in the second innings, Piedt showed great fight with the bat, scoring a half-century. He did so after his team had been reduced to 70 for 8. This shows his character, and he will be hoping to turn things around with the ball as well.
To sum up, this match showed us that South Africa has the ability to challenge India on its home turf. They will need to improve their bowling, and they could fight back in this series. India will also have to bowl much better than this. All this makes for an exciting series!