India seized control of the third Test in Nagpur on Thursday after South Africa, shot out for a record low of 79, fumbled again in their chase of a tough target. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished with five for 32 and Jadeja took four for 33 on a dusty surface at the VCA stadium to bowl South Africa out in 33.1 overs, giving India a first-innings lead of 136 runs.
India Tighten Screws On Spin Wary South Africa
Starting the day at 11-2, the Proteas suffered a sensational collapse as they lost three wickets for one run in the first four overs to slip to 12-5. The world’s number one Test side were at that stage in danger of falling below their lowest ever total of 30 but a defiant 35 by JP Duminy saved them the blushes.
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India were themselves dismissed for 173 runs in their second knock setting the top-ranked Proteas an improbable target of 310 on a pitch where the ball is turning sharply and keeping low. South Africa needing a win to level the four Test series ended the second day’s play on 32 for two with Dean Elgar unbeaten on 10 and skipper Hashim Amla on three.
India cautious spin tighten screws on South Africa
But South Africas meagre score was the lowest total by any team against India, coming in below Sri Lanka’s 82 in Chandigarh in 1990. As the ball turned and kept low Ashwin removed Elgar off the fifth delivery of the day, the left-hander being bowled off the inside edge on his overnight score of seven.