Day 1: Ashwin & Jadeja Star Again as India Hold The Edge at Stumps
India closed the first day of the second Test at 80/0, trailing South Africa by 134 runs.
Carrying on from where they left off in Mohali, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja tormented the South African batsmen as they picked up four wickets each to bowl out the visitors for a paltry 214 and give India an early control of the second Test in Bangalore.
Ashwin (4/70) was the best bowler on view even though Jadeja (4/50) had better figures to show for his efforts as the hosts exploited the favourable conditions even as AB de Villiers scored a valiant 85 in his landmark 100th Test.
Ashwin got the initial wickets to justify captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl, removing opener Stiaan van Zyl and Faf du Plessis in quick succession in the eighth over as South
Africa tottered at 15-2.
Ashwin also dismissed Jean-Paul Duminy and Morkel, both of whom returned for the match after missing the first test due to injuries.
Jadeja’s first wicket was that of Dean Elgar immediately after lunch as the left-hander went for a sweep, only to glove it on to the stumps after making a fighting 38.
Jadeja also took a sharp return catch to dismiss Dane Vilas and then the key wicket of de Villiers, who was caught by a fine diving effort by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Kagiso Rabada also fell to Jadeja, caught in the close cordon.
De Villiers’ resistance lent some respectability to the total but the team’s general approach belied its top ranking in tests.
De Villiers, playing his 100th test match, always looked for scoring opportunities as he clobbered one six and 11 fours during his 105-ball knock for his 38th half-century
In return, India are comfortably placed at 80-0 at stumps with Shikhar Dhawan unbeaten on 45 and Murali Vijay on 28 as India looked on track to gain the first-innings lead on a pitch aiding turn.
Left-hander Dhawan put behind him his pair of ducks in the opening test as he struck seven fours. Vijay, who was dropped on 21 by Imran Tahir at square leg off Morne Morkel, had hit five fours.
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