South Africa defeated India by 72 runs in the first match of the three-Test series against the best bowling. The match started in Cape Town on 5 January, with India facing defeat on the fourth day. 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.
Werner Philander was chosen as the man of the match for this match. He jumped nine wickets in this match.