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Philander takes six as South Africa beat India in first test

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South Africa win toss, opt to bat in first test v India

His knock of 26 was the next highest Indian score after Pandya, and he confirmed after the day's play that the South African attack was up there with the best he had seen.

India's progress was checked late on Day 1 of the first Test in South Africa on Friday, with the tourists 28-3 at stumps and 258 runs behind on a tough batting surface.

Set 208 for victory, India were skittled out for 135 in 42.4 overs in their second innings on a lively wicket with Philander the chief destroyer, recording figures of 6-42.

"All of their bowlers have done well, especially in South Africa". Rohit Sharma, Pujara and Rahane all went cheaply and India could have been bundled out for a very paltry score, only not to be because of a flamboyant Hardik Pandya.

Those 11 overs at the end of the day gave an early glimpse of the battle that's predicted to define the series between the two teams: India's vaunted batting lineup against South Africa's fast bowlers.

The day belonged to Vernon Philander whose venomous spell (6/42) made conditions bleak for India.

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India's quicks had the first say, though, as Kumar exploited the generous bounce, swing and seam movement at Newlands that is normally created to play into South African hands. However, Vijay survived twice after being given LBW and caught behind with the help of DRS.

Kohli looked good during his 40-ball stay in the middle, striking four boundaries before Philander's full ball caught him plumb in line with middle.

Mohammed Shami (3-28) and debutant Jasprit Bumrah (3-39) were the pick of the Indian bowlers.

While Hardik Pandya's stunning all-round performance has kept India afloat, Virat Kohli and co will need to click as a unit as India aim to turn the tide on Day three of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday. "It's just a pity that this is happening during a game, but the forecast on next two days looks good and hopefully we will be able to get a result", Evan said.

Two deliveries later edged to second slip‚ as did Bumrah with the next ball - which Faf du Plessis dived forward to catch.

The teams are meeting in a three-test series this month with matches in Pretoria and Johannesburg to come. Of those nine successive series wins for India, six of them have come in India, and just one has been achieved outside Asia.

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