JOHANNESBURG, Jan 27: India salvaged lost pride by pulling off a dramatic 63-run win against South Africa in the third Test as relentless pacers scripted a sensational turnaround on a treacherous track, here today.
Mohammed Shami led India�s fightback with a career-best five-wicket haul as India snapped nine wickets for 53 runs to bundle out South Africa for 177 and avoided a humiliating whitewash in the three-match series.
It is the first time that an all-pace attack has fashioned victory for India on overseas soil. Overall, the four full-time seamers shared all 20 wickets in the match, which ended on the fourth day.
Shami ended with figures of 12.3-2-28-5, while Jasprit Bumrah (2/57), Ishant Sharma (2/31) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/39) shared the other five wickets.
With this win, India also kept their unbeaten record intact at the Wanderers. It was their second victory in five Tests with the other three being draws.
Opener Dean Elgar, who took a nasty blow on his helmet and forced early stumps yesterday, remained unbeaten on 86 even as four of his colleagues could not even open their account.
India skipper Virat Kohli was under pressure to deliver after losing the first two Tests following a stellar home run last year. South Africa won the series 2-1 but India ended it on a high.
The pitch remained a talking point throughout for the dangerous bounce it offered to pacers and forced early stumps on day three. Surprisingly when India were expected to dominate the proceedings at the start of the day, the batsmen found it easy to score this morning.
South African downfall began post tea as Faf du Plessis (2) was bowled in the fourth over after resumption of play. He missed an in-swinger from Ishant and it cut through the gap between bat and pad. � PTI
India 1st innings: 187
South Africa 1st innings: 194
India 1st innings
Vijay b Rabada 25
Patel c Markram b Philander 16
Rahul c du Plessis b Philander 16
Pujara c du Plessis b Morkel 1
Kohli (c) b Rabada 41
Rahane c de Kock b Morkel 48
Pandya c & b Rabada 4
B Kumar c de Kock b Morkel 33
Shami c de Villiers b Ngidi 27
Sharma not out 7
Bumrah c Rabada b Philander 0
Extras: (b 5, lb 12, w 12) 29
Total: (All out in 80.1 overs) 247
Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-51, 3-57, 4-100, 5-134, 6-148, 7-203, 8-238, 9-240, 10-247.
Bowling: Philander 21.1-5-61-3, Rabada 23-5-69-3, Morkel 21- 6-47-3, Ngidi 12-2-38-1, Phehlukwayo 3-0-15-0.
South Africa 2nd Innings:
Markram c Patel b Shami 4
Elgar not out 86
Amla c Pandya b Sharma 52
De Villiers c Rahane b Bumrah 6
Du Plessis (c) b Sharma 2
Kock lbw b Bumrah 0
Philander b Mohammed Shami 10
Phehlukwayo b Shami 0
Rabada c Pujara b Kumar 0
Morkel b Shami 0
Ngidi c sub (Karthik) b Shami 4
Extras: (b 7, w 6) 13
Total: (All out in 73.3 overs) 177
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-124, 3-131, 4-144, 5-145, 6-157, 7-157, 8-160, 9-161, 10-177.
Bowling: Kumar 18-4-39-1, Shami 12.3-2-28-5, Bumrah 21-3-57-2, Sharma 16-3-31-2, Pandya 6-1-15-0.