Indian spinners seal emphatic 108-run win over South Africa
India 201 & 200 (Pujara 77) beat
South Africa 184 & 109 (Jadeja 5-21) by 108 runs
First Test, Mohali, day three
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared eight wickets between them as India made full use of a dry Mohali pitch to dismiss South Africa for 109 in their second innings and secure a 108-run victory in the first Test to go 1-0 up in the series.
Chasing a target of 218 on day three, South Africa were bowled out for 109 with only one batsman managing to score more than 20.
Earlier, India resumed the day, batting on 125 for two. South Africa were disciplined in their bowling as Vernon Philander (1-23) and Kagiso Rabada (0-19) bowled economically in the first hour of the day.
Just 29 runs came in the first ten overs of the day. Stiaan van Zyl (1-5) produced the breakthrough for South Africa when Virat Kohli (29) edged a delivery to the keeper.
Imran Tahir (4-48) struck on his first ball in the day as Cheteshwar Pujara (77) feathered one to slip.
In the very next over Simon Harmer (4-61) got the wicket of Rahane, who was caught at short leg by Temba Bavuma. It was another one-handed stunner from the substitute fielder. India were 164 for five at that stage.
Jadeja (8) was Harmer’s second victim after he was caught plumb in front of the stumps. In his next over, Harmer saw the back of Amit Mishra (2) who holed out to square leg, attempting a slog.
Ashwin (3) also succumbed to spin as Tahir’s leg break found an edge which flew to slip, at the stroke of lunch. India were reduced to 185 for eight at the end of first session where they lost six wickets and managed to stretch the lead past 200 runs.
In the second over of the second session, Harmer had his fourth victim when he castled Umesh Yadav (1).
Wriddhiman Saha (20) was the last man to fall after having scored a crucial knock. India were bowled out for 200 runs, giving South Africa a target of 218.
The visitors promoted Philander (1) to open the batting in quest of quick runs. The experiment lasted just one over as Jadeja (5-21) trapped him in front in the second over of the innings.
A straighter ball from Ashwin took Faf du Plessis’ (1) edge and Rahane completed a safe catch at slip in the very next over.
Amla (0) made a fatal error of leaving a straight ball from Jadeja, which rattled into the middle stump. South Africa lost three wickets in the first four overs with 10 runs on the board.
Amit Mishra (1-26) bowled a sliding delivery that went past de Villiers’ defences, landing the prized scalp for India for the second time in the match.
Varun Aaron (1-3) took a wicket in his very first over, inducing a leading edge off Dean Elgar (16) which was caught at mid-on. South Africa were struggling at 45 for five at that time.
Dane Vilas (7) and van Zyl (36) took South Africa to tea without a further slide.
Jadeja accounted for his third victim in the third over of the final session by flattening Vilas’ stumps with yet another arm ball.
Harmer (11) and van Zyl struck together to post a 42-run stand, proving that batting on this track was not impossible.
The partnership was broken by Jadeja when Harmer nicked one to slip, trying to flick a full length delivery.
India went for the jugular as Ashwin accounted for van Zyl and Dale Steyn (2) in successive overs.
Jadeja delivered the final blow by firing a full delivery that struck Tahir (4) on the boots, dismissing him lbw. Jadeja completed his five wicket haul as South Africa were bowled out for 109 runs.
India won the match by 108 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the four match series. Jadeja had five wickets to his name while Ashwin managed three. Mishra and Aaron picked one scalp apiece. In total, 18 wickets fell in the day.
Jadeja was awarded the man of the match for his all-round efforts. The second Test will be hosted in Bangalore between 14th and 18th November.
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