A ten-wicket haul by South African fast bowler Dale Steyn helped his side thrash India by an innings and six runs on the fourth day of the Nagpur Test on Tuesday.
Trailing by 325 runs, Sachin Tendulkar’s masterly 46th Test century could not stop South Africa from bowling India out for 319.
Steyn’s seven-wicket haul in the first innings had forced India to follow-on, after his piercing line and length made sure that the home team was at some distance from the imposing South African total of 558-6 declared.
Steyn took seven for 51 runs and three for 57 in the match.
Resuming the day at 66-2, Team India lost overnight batsman Murali Vijay (32) inside the first hour of play.
Tendulkar, who hit two successive centuries during India”s 2-0 Test win against Bangladesh, defied the South African attack for close to four and a half hours before being bowled off the pad by left-arm spinner Paul Harris. Harris took three wickets for 76.
The two teams now move to Kolkata for the second and final Test of the series to be played from February 14.
India’s number one Test ranking is in danger of being handed over to South Africa if they lose the series while a draw will see them retain the top spot.
South Africa: First Innings 558 for six declared (Amla 253 not out, Kallis 173, de Villiers 53).
India: First Innings 233 (Sehwag 109, Badrinath 56, Steyn 7-51)
Second Innings (follow-on) 319 (Tendulkar 100, Steyn 3-57, Harris 3-76)