India take 1-0 Test series lead vs Proteas

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India seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took three wickets each as the tourists bowled South Africa out for 191 to claim victory by 113 runs just after lunch on the fifth day of the first Test at Centurion Park.

South Africa had resumed on 4-94 chasing a venue record 305 for victory, but fell well short of their target on a spicy wicket that had plenty of assistance for the bowlers.

Dean Elgar (77) and Temba Bavuma (35 not out) gave them some hope in the morning session but India's vaunted pace attack used the conditions superbly and eventually eased their side to a comfortable win.

India achieved their victory despite the entire second day of the Test being washed out due to rain and take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

India are seeking a first ever series win in South Africa, where they first toured in 1992-93.

"We got off to the perfect start and getting a result within four days, with one day washed out, shows how well we played and how motivated we are," India captain Virat Kohli said.

"The discipline the batsmen showed ... we knew anything over 300 or 320 (in the first innings) would be a top total. We had a lot of belief in our bowling unit. The way these guys bowl together, it's just a hallmark of our team."

Kohli had special praise for Shami, who took 8-107 in the match.

"He is a world-class talent. He is easily among the best three seamers in the world right now. He seems to get more out of the pitch that anyone else and bowls in areas where you can't leave the ball."

South Africa, resuming at 4-94, went along well in the first 10 overs of the day before Elgar's four-hour stay was ended when he was trapped leg before wicket by Bumrah (3-50).

"We did a few things wrong, with bat in hand we let ourselves down quite a lot, but there are also a lot of positives to take out of this game and into the next few (Tests)," Elgar said.

"It's not all doom and gloom for us, we have put ourselves under pressure but that is generally when we thrive."

After his departure Quinton de Kock took the attack to the bowlers with a breezy 21 from 28 balls, but played onto his own stumps for the second time in the Test, on this occasion off Mohammed Siraj (2-47).

Wiaan Mulder (one) did not last long, and after the lunch interval it took India only two overs to pick up the final three wickets.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-18) finally found a way into the game as he picked up the last two batsmen to fall in consecutive balls.

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