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20 wickets tumble on day two as South Africa face daunting task

Ravindra Jadeja celebrating the dismissal of AB de Villiers in the first innings on day two of the third Test in Nagpur.
Ravindra Jadeja celebrating the dismissal of AB de Villiers in the first innings on day two of the third Test in Nagpur.
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India 215 & 173 (Imran Tahir 5-38) v
South Africa
79 & 32-2 (Elgar 10no)
Third Test, Nagpur, day two

Twenty wickets fell on day two of the third Test in Nagpur leaving South Africa with the uphill task of needing 278 more runs to beat India with eight wickets in hand after they recorded the lowest score by a visiting team on Indian soil in the first innings

Having resumed the day on 11 for two, South Africa lost a wicket in the very first over as Dean Elgar (7) played onto his stumps, chasing a wide delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin (5-32).

In his very next over, Ashwin struck with the wicket of Hashim Amla (1). The South African captain tried to sweep a delivery but the ball hit the back of the bat, lobbed off the keeper’s shoulder and to the man at slip.

South Africa were reduced from 12 for four to 47 for seven as Ravindra Jadeja (4-33) accounted for AB de Villiers (0), Faf du Plessis (10) and Dane Vilas (1) in his spell.

The struggle continued for South Africa as a carrom ball from Ashwin pitched way outside leg, turned across Simon Harmer (13) and clattered into the stumps.

Amit Mishra (1-9) ended JP Duminy’s (35) vigil at the crease by trapping him lbw.

Ashwin brought the innings to an end by inducing a leading edge off Morne Morkel (1) and took the catch himself, completing another five-wicket haul.

South Africa were bowled out for 79 runs, the lowest total in India by a visiting team. Ashwin and Jadeja shared nine wickets between them as India managed to take a 136-run lead.

The Indian openers, saw through the remaining overs of the session, taking India to seven for naught at lunch.

Murali Vijay (5) succumbed in the second ball of the second session, edging one to Amla off Morkel (3-19).

Cheteshwar Pujara (31) and Shikhar Dhawan (39) added 44-runs for the second wicket to stabilise the innings.

However, Pujara was bowled by Duminy (1-24) in his very first over. Kohli (16) came out to bat and along with Dhawan, he went on to post a 45-run partnership for the third wicket.

Tahir (5-38) was introduced late into the attack and he straightaway made impact as got Dhawan nicking to the keeper to reduce India to 97 for three.

In Tahir’s next over, Kohli holed out to long off, trying to up the ante. At the stroke of tea, Ajinkya Rahane (9) was caught at third man as India reached 108 for five.

India lost three quick wickets within the first hour of the final session. Saha (7), Jadeja (5) and Ashwin (7) all fell cheaply, leaving India struggling at 150 for eight.

Amit Mishra (14) and Rohit Sharma (23) went aggressive as they took the lead past 300.

Rohit lobbed a catch down to mid-on off Morne Morkel (3-19) while Mishra was bowled by Tahir, who completed his five-wicket haul.

India were bundled out for 173, having set South Africa a target of 310 runs. Apart from Tahir, Morkel too managed a three-wicket haul.

With 14 overs left in the day’s play, Elgar (10 not out) and van Zyl (5) saw through the first six overs without trouble.

Ashwin (1-12) got van Zyl for the fifth time in this series, as he lobbed a simple catch to covers.

Tahir (8) came in as a night watchman but his stay was ended when Mishra got him out lbw. Elgar and Hashim Amla (3 not out) took South Africa to 32 for two by the end of the day’s play.

South Africa still need 278 more to win with eight wickets in hand.

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