India beat South Africa by a big margin of 203 runs in the first Test match on the basis of the fierce spells of fast bowler Mohammed Shami and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. India took a 1-0 lead in the series, winning the Test match played in Visakhapatnam. There were many records made by both India and South Africa in this Test.
India had set a target of 395 runs for victory against South Africa that started with an overnight score of 11 runs for a wicket. Their second innings slumped to 191 runs in 63.5 overs.
Rohit Sharma, who scored 176 and 127 runs in the two innings of India, was given the Man of the Match award. Team India had declared their first innings after scoring 502 runs for 7 wickets. South Africa had scored 431 runs in their first innings. India thus got a lead of 71 runs on the basis of the first innings scores. India declared their second innings for 323 for 4 wickets and set a target of 395 runs before South Africa.
Following are the 15 records that were made in the first Test match played between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam.
- The first Test in Visakhapatnam saw batsmen hitting a total of 37 sixes. The previous record was held by the 2014 Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Sharjah where 35 sixes were hit.
- India have attained the second rank in terms of maximum sixes in a Test match hit by batsmen of a Test-playing team.
- Ravichandran Ashwin has equalled Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s fastest 350 wickets. R Ashwin has become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 350 wickets in 66 matches.
- Ashwin took more than five wickets for the 27th time in a Test match. Only Muralidharan is ahead of him, having achieved the feat 45 times.
- Senuran Muthusamy and Dan P Taney shared the highest 91 runs for the ninth wicket. They broke the record of the 80-run ninth-wicket partnership between VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble.
- Ravindra Jadeja has become the third left-arm spin bowler to take 150 wickets at home ground after Rangana Herath and Daniel Vettori.
- Rohit Sharma now holds the record of most sixes in a Test, thanks to his 13 sixes in this match. Earlier, this record was held by Wasim Akram who had hit 12 sixes in a Test.
- Rohit Sharma also became the sixth Indian batsman to score a century in both the innings of a Test after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
- African bowler Keshav Maharaj became the third bowler to concede maximum runs in a Test. He gave away 318 runs. Earlier, Tommy Scott had cost the West Indies 374 runs in a match against England while Jason Krejza of Australia had given away 358 runs against India.
- The pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma became the third Indian opening duo after Veenu Mankad-Pankaj Rai and Rahul Dravid-Virender Sehwag to share a partnership of over 300 runs. There was a 317-run partnership between Sharma and Agarwal.
- Rohit and Mayank thus set a new record also of an opening partnership in a match between India and South Africa. The previous record was that of 236 runs in 1996 made by AC Hudson and Gary Kirsten.
- Mayank Agarwal became the fourth Indian batsman after Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair to convert his first century into a double century.
- Agarwal also became the third Indian batsman to have played the least number of innings to score a double century. Karun Nair had taken three innings and Vinod Kambli four to pull it off.
- This match saw the highest partnership of 525 runs scored by openers. The previous record was 414 runs in the 1978 Mumbai Test between India and the West Indies.
- Mohammed Shami took four wickets in the innings by bowling the batsmen out. He now holds the record jointly with Jasprit Bumrah who had bowled out four batsmen in North Sound of Antigua against the West Indies.