South Africa defeated India by 72 runs in the first match of the three-Test series despite losing Steyn to injury in the second inning. The match ended inside four days even with day 3 being completely lost due to rain. South Africa scored 286 runs in the first innings and 130 runs in the second innings. Team India scored 209 runs in the first innings and 135 runs in the second innings. With this victory, South Africa has taken a 1-0 lead. Vernon Philander was chosen as the man of the match for this match for his 6 wicket haul in the second innings. He claimed nine wickets in this match.
Like the first innings the openers failed to lay a solid foundation for the team in its chase of 208 runs. Murali Vijay was dismissed by Philander for 13 runs. Dhawan scored 16 runs and was dismissed by Morne Morkel. Shortly after Cheteshwar Pujara scored 4 runs and became another victim of Morkel. Rohit Sharma who was drafted in for Ajinkya Rahane tried to do repair control alongwith captain Virat Kohli. The duo added 32 runs before an inswinger from Philander trapped Kohli in front of the stumps. Wicketkeeper Saha and Sharma too followed their skipper to the pavilion and the team lost 7 wickets before tea dashing any hopes of a win.