When asked about the swinging pitches presented to batsmen like that at Cape Town during the first Test between South Africa and India, Holding said, "The pitch that they batted on was very, very hard".
Having set India a target of 208 after being bowled out for 130 in their second innings on a fourth day where 18 wickets fell, South Africa skittled the tourists for just 135 at Newlands. For South Africa, Vernon Philander was the pick of the bowler as he took 6 wickets for 42 runs. Six of them were in India. Hardik Pandya played magnificently despite the fact that he went to South Africa without much of match practice. The previous record was nine dismissals (eight catches and one stumping) by MS Dhoni against Australia at the MCG in 2014-15, his final Test match. Getting them out for 208 (target) felt chaseable, felt very realistic, but again we needed someone to go out there and get 75 or 80 and not 20-25-30 runs.
"It has been great to have these three (fast bowlers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) on the park ..." Rohit Sharma who was drafted in for Ajinkya Rahane tried to do fix control alongwith captain Virat Kohli. "It's the only way you can check how good they can be even in the third spell also".
Like the Indian attack in the morning, they were relentlessly disciplined with Vernon Philander in particular starring once again. They were all out for 81 chasing 120 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1997, while in 2015, in Galle, they lost by 63 runs after being set 176 by Sri Lanka.
The top three had fallen with just 27 runs on the board in the first innings.
"We were in the game for the three days and it was a wonderful match to be part of", Kohli said.
Many believe it was a gutsy call by coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli but the reality is that Rohit failed to deliver on the big stage. He bagged five catches in the first innings and repeated the same in the second on Monday.
When Hardik had completed his feat, then the entire team, including captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, stood up and applauded him.
"It was probably two-and-a-half overs of away-swingers and then the one back at him (Kohli)".
Perhaps the biggest feather in India's cap is that they weren't assisted by a home side that batted poorly. The other batting selection, picking Dhawan over KL Rahul, was made to include a rhythm disrupting left-hander. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions.
Faf du Plessis wanted to defend a total of more than 350. I mean it's hard for the bowlers to set their lines and lengths every time with the strike rotating well. They, however, didn't have to score as many runs for their maiden victory here at Newlands on Monday. There's not been a single fifty from the order.
"Ashwin‚ at the time‚ was batting quite far out of his crease‚ and the wicket was a touch on the slow side and the ball was a bit older".
Vernon Philander was caught stone dead in front by Shami again before Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/33) nipped out a courageous Keshav Maharaj (15) and bullied Morne Morkel with a superb bouncer.