Indian sailors Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took three wickets each as tourists beat South Africa 191 to claim the 113-race victory just after lunch on the fifth day of the first Test at Centurion Park.
South Africa were resumed at 4-94 in the hunt for a 305 venue record for victory, but came far below their goal on a spicy wicket that had plenty of help for the bowlers.
Dean Elgar (77) and Temba Bavuma (35 not out) gave them some hope in the morning session, but India’s praised tempo attack used the conditions excellently and eventually eased their team to a comfortable victory.
India achieved their victory despite the whole second day of the test being washed out due to rain and taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India are looking for a first series victory ever in South Africa, where they first toured in 1992-93.
“We got off to a perfect start, and getting a result within four days, where one day was washed out, shows how well we played and how motivated we are,” said India captain Virat Kohli.
“The discipline the players showed … we knew anything over 300 or 320 (in the first innings) would be a top total. We had great faith in our bowling unit. The way these guys bowl together is just a hallmark . of our team. “
Kohli had special praise for Shami, who took 8-107 in the match.
“He’s a world-class talent,” he added. “He’s easily among the top three seamstresses in the world right now. He seems to be getting more off the field than anyone else and bowling in areas where you can’t leave the ball.”
South Africa started day five steadily before Elgar’s four-hour stay ended when he was captured lbw by Bumrah (3-50).
“We did a few things wrong, with the bat in hand we failed ourselves quite a lot, but there are also a lot of positive things to take out of this game and into the next few (tests),” said Elgar.
“It’s not all doom for us, we’ve put ourselves under pressure, but it’s generally when we thrive.”
After his departure, Quinton de Kock took the attack to the bowlers with an airy 21 from 28 balls, but played on his own pieces for the second time in the test, on this occasion next to Mohammed Siraj (2-47).
Wiaan Mulder (one) did not last long and after the lunch break it only took two overs for India to pick up the last three wickets.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-18) finally found a way into the match as he picked up the last two batteries to fall into consecutive balls.