India, Oct. 8 -- Mohammed Shami's fine spell on the last day of the first Test against South Africa perhaps masked how tough the wicket at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam, was for the fast bowlers. With an incisive burst on the fifth morning, the India pacer made it appear as if he was bowling on a juicy deck. After all, he was extracting movement at sharp pace.

There was another story in the game-the performances of the other pacers. Kagiso Rabada, the new pace sensation, had one wicket in the match, his senior partner, Vernon Philander, had a tally of two wickets in two innings and Shami's new-ball partner Ishant Sharma had one wicket in the match.

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