Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 13th fifth-wicket haul, and India’s spinners shared all 10 South African first-innings wickets, as the hosts took a slender lead on the second day of the opening test on Friday. AB de Villiers struggled initially but made a swashbuckling 63 off 83 balls as the touring side were all out for 184, conceding a first-innings lead of 17.
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Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, returning to the test team for the first time in almost 15 months, took three wickets while leg-spinner Amit Mishra picked up the other two. India opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for his second duck in the match to Vernon Philander as the hosts reached 13-1 at tea and an overall lead of 30.
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Dale Steyn, the world’s number one bowler, was troubled by a tight groin and did not take the field as a precaution. South Africa, who resumed on 28-2 after dismissing the hosts for 201, appeared set for a first-innings lead through a stubborn third-wicket stand of 76 between Dean Elgar (37) and captain Hashim Amla (43) before Ashwin struck.
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The 29-year-old, who had dismissed Stiaan van Zyl overnight, sent back Elgar after the opening batsman had kept India at bay for 75 minutes in the first session along with Amla. India captain Virat Kohli opted not to open with Ashwin and Jadeja, who looked the most likely to pick up wickets on a Mohali pitch offering plenty of assistance to the spin bowlers, but soon found success once he did turn to them.