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The first match between SA and India is set to be played in Centurion.

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SuperSport Park, Centurion stadium
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408/10 (108.4 ov)


South Africa won by an inning and 32 runs.


245/10 (67.4 ov) & 131/10 (34.1 ov)

Dec 28 2023 8:59 PM

Emotional Elgar after SA's satisfying statement at SuperSport Park

"Pretty special for me, rather just smile than cry (this is his farewell series) and enjoy the moment. Contribute to this team is what I've always wanted to do. Hasn't worked out sometimes, but it did here, massive effort to pick 20 wickets. It was a juicy wicket. Got to keep nice and simple, batting in Tests you have to simplify things. Focus on the ball, play nice and straight, play late. Wickets like that, one's got your name on it, got to ride the wave when it's in your favour. Good partnerships with Tony, David and Jans. You need fast bowlers and spinner potentially to take 20 wickets, need guys firing. KG was amazing, and a guy like Nandre just came to the fore. Awesome to see his performances. Really great team performance going forward. Glad to leave here on a high," Dean Elgar said. 

ByΒ Vignesh Bharadwaj K S
Dec 28 2023 8:51 PM

Rohit Sharma after a tough Centurion loss:

"We were not good enough to win. Having put into bat, KL batted well to get us that score but then we didn't exploit the conditions with the ball and then again didn't show up today with the bat. If we have to win Test matches, we have to come together collectively and we didn't do that. Guys have come here before, we know what to expect and everyone has their own plan. Our batters were challenged and we didn't adapt well. This is a boundary-scoring ground, we saw them score many but we need to understand the opposition and their strengths as well. We didn't bat well in both innings, that's why we stand here. Not too many positives to finish the game within 3 days, but KL showed what we need to do on this sort of pitch. Our bowlers, a lot of these guys haven't been here before so I don't want to be too critical. Important for us to regroup, we go through these times as sportsmen and we need to be ready for the next Test now," Rohit Sharma said. 

ByΒ Vignesh Bharadwaj K S
Dec 28 2023 8:39 PM

South Africa win by an innings and 32 runs

And that's the Test. India have been rolled over in under 35 overs in the second innings. South Africa win the Boxing Day Test inside three days. Talk about domination. Talk about drama—outstanding work from the hosts. 

SA lead the series 1-0. 

ByΒ Vignesh Bharadwaj K S
Dec 28 2023 8:18 PM


Nandre Burger picked up his fourth wicket as Mohammed Siraj walks back after scoring four runs. India are 121/9

ByΒ Koustav Sengupta
Dec 28 2023 8:09 PM


Jasprit Bumrah departs without opening his tally. India are 113/8 and are on the verge of an embarassing defeat in Centurion.

ByΒ Koustav Sengupta
Dec 28 2023 8:00 PM

Seventh wicket down for India

Shardul Thakur gets an outside edge to gully. Thakur c Bedingham b Rabada 2(8). India 105/7 trailing by 58 runs.

ByΒ Rishabh Beniwal
Dec 28 2023 7:55 PM

Fifty for Virat Kohli!

Virat Kohli gets to fifty with a boundary! King Kohli is the lone warrior out there for India. How many times has it happened in Indian cricket?

ByΒ Rishabh Beniwal
Dec 28 2023 7:48 PM

Ravichandran Ashwin departs for golden duck

Ravichandran Ashwin plays one straight to backward point for a golden duck. Ashwin c Bedingham b Nandre Burger 0(1). India 96/6 trailing by 67 runs

ByΒ Rishabh Beniwal
Dec 28 2023 7:46 PM

KL Rahul departs!

India's first-innings centurion is back in the pavilion as he flashed one outside off and India is in deep trouble. Rahul c Markram b Nandre Burger 4(24). India - 96/5 trailing by 67 runs

ByΒ Rishabh Beniwal
Dec 28 2023 7:11 PM

Shreyas Iyer gone!

Marco Jansen cleans up Shreyas Iyer. India are 72/4 after 17.5 overs. India trail by 91 runs.

ByΒ Rishabh Beniwal
Dec 28 2023 7:02 PM

Back for the final session

The players are back on the field for the final session of the day's play.

ByΒ Chirayu Jain
Dec 28 2023 6:43 PM

Tea time

The umpires have signalled 'Tea'.

ByΒ Chirayu Jain
Dec 28 2023 6:31 PM

Another wicket

Shubman Gill departs after a good start. Marco Jansen gets the big breakthrough as the ball hits the lower part of the wickets. Agony for Gill, as India are three down. Shreyas Iyer joins Kohli.

ByΒ Chirayu Jain
Dec 28 2023 6:29 PM

50 on board for India

A beautiful cover drive by Shubman Gill brings the 50 on board for India. 

ByΒ Chirayu Jain
Dec 28 2023 6:18 PM

Kohli too is off the mark

An elegant punch straight down the ground gets Kohli going with a boundary.

ByΒ Chirayu Jain

It is time for the Boxing Day Test, as India takes on South Africa at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Interestingly, both the teams will be playing the red-ball format after a long break, and thus, it holds a great degree of importance for them. Five days of Test cricket and all the lovers of the game will be looking up it to after a non-stop limited over cricket of late.

The Indian team will finally see the returning of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah, who decided to take some time off after the disheartening World Cup final loss. Sharma will also be seen captaining the side, while KL Rahul is confident about keeping behind the wickets. For the Proteas, the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and skipper Temba Bavuma will mark their comebacks.

The game is the first of the two Tests, scheduled to be played. While the game is a part of the World Test Championship (WTC) Cycle 2023-25, India will be desperate to maintain its top position, while a win will give South Africa the much-needed boost. Rohit Sharma & Co. has featured in WTC final on both the occasions, but couldn't lift the Test mace, and thus, their core will be eager to maintain a good rhythm this time around.

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