South Africa ended the first day's play with 269 runs for the loss of six wickets.
The first session saw the Indian pacers slog it off to take wickets. The Proteas openers Dean Elgar and Markram frustrated the bowlers throughout. However, in the second session, Ravichandran Ashwin finally got breakthrough India were looking for. He sent back Elgar to the pavilion. Elgar departed for 31 runs off 83 balls hitting four boundaries in the process. He was caught at silly point by Murali Vijay in the 30th over.
Ashwin also got the crucial wicket of Markram who looked primed to reach his third Test hundred. He fell short of 6 runs and was caught behind by the wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel for 94 runs in the 48th over. At a pacers' friendly wicket, it was Ashwin's spin that gave the visitors the breakthrough they needed.