MOHALI: India’s Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin thrived on a spinners’ paradise in Mohali, bamboozling South Africa’s batsmen in the first Test to secure a 108-run victory with more than two days to spare on Saturday. Eighteen wickets tumbled on an extraordinary third day as South Africa wobbled quickly in their pursuit of a 218-run victory target before being shot out for just 109 as India took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Jadeja Ashwin Spin India To Big Win Over South Africa
Jadeja took five second innings wickets and his match haul of eight wickets, to go with the 38 crucial runs he had contributed to India’s first innings, earned him the man-of-the-match award. The Proteas sprang a surprise by sending paceman Vernon Philander to open the innings, a ploy that bombed with Jadeja trapping the batsman leg before with his first ball.
South Africa claim six wickets to storm back in Mohali
Left-arm spinner Jadeja returned to deal a bigger blow when he castled Hashim Amla, the South Africa captain offering no shot to a ball that crashed onto his middle stump. Leg spinner Amit Mishra drove home the advantage by bowling AB de Villiers, for the second time in the test, with a flighted delivery that sneaked through the South African talisman’s defence.
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin spin India to big
Stiaan van Zyl (36) offered some resistance, but it was too little in the face of some aggressive spin bowling on a spiteful track by Jadeja and Ashwin, who also finished with eight wickets from the match.