Nagpur, February 9: South Africa romped to a crushing victory over India by an innings and six runs on Tuesday after another superb display by pace bowler Dale Steyn on the fourth day of the first test.
India scored 233 in its initial reply to South Africa s mammoth first innings total of 558 for six declared at BCA stadium, forcing the follow on.
Though Sachin Tendulkar scored 100 in his team’s second innings, his 46th test century, the home side again ran into trouble and was all out for 319.
Steyn, who had ripped through India s first innings with a career best figure of 7-51, took another three wickets for 57 runs in its second, while Paul Harris also plundered three wickets for 76 runs as South Africa sealed a comfortable victory.
The last time a side other than South Africa beat India in India by an innings was way back in 1983. After that, India went through a long period where no team was able to beat them by an innings at home, until South Africa did it in Bangalore in the year 2000. In the ten years since, South Africa have repeated the feat twice for a total of three innings victories over India in India in the past decade.
South Africa 558-6 declared (J. Kallis 173, H. Amla 253 not out, AB de Villiers 53)
India 233 (V. Sehwag 109, S. Badrinath 56, D. Steyn 7-51) and 319 (S. Tendulkar 100).