India suffer innings defeat from Proteas

NAGPUR: South Africa defeated India by an innings and six runs in the final session of the fourth day in the first Test match here at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on Tuesday.

Sachin Tendulkar hit his third century in a row but could not stop South Africa from achieving victory.

Tendulkar, 36, smashed 13 fours in his 100-run knock for his 46th Test century before being bowled by left-arm spinner Paul Harris, who also got rid of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 25.

At tea India were 223-6, still needing 102 runs to avoid an innings defeat after being bowled out for 233 in their first innings in reply to South Africa''s 558-6 declared.

The second and final Test between the world''s top two teams begins in Kolkata on February 14.

South Africa can snatch back the number one Test ranking from India if they win the series while the hosts need just a draw to remain on top.