Day 1:India Post 215 But Ashwin & Jadeja Level Things Up By Stumps
At stumps, South Africa trail India by 204 runs with 8 wickets in hand.
- India: 215 all out (M Vijay 40, R Jadeja 34; M Morkel 3/35, S Harmer 3/78)
South Africa: 11/2 (Elgar:7*, Amla: 0*, Jadeja: 1/2, Ashwin: 1/5)
- India won the toss and elected to bat first and were bowled out for 215.
- The total is the highest of the series but also India’s lowest ever score at this ground in Nagpur.
- In reply, Jadeja and Ashwin managed to pick two South African wickets before stumps.
Off-spinner Simon Harmer took four wickets while paceman Morne Morkel bagged three as South Africa bowled India out for 215 in the first innings on the opening day of the third test in Nagpur.
The visitors, however, surrendered some of the advantage and lost opener Stiaan van Zyl and nightwatchman Imran Tahir to slump to 11/2 at stumps.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first. But on a pitch that offered plenty of turn to the spinners and reverse swing to fast bowler Morne Morkel, India, the hosts were in trouble, reduced to 125 for 6 at one point before the tail got the team past the 200-run mark.
In-form opener Murali Vijay top scored with an innings of 40, while wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (32) and Ravindra Jadeja (34) revived the tottering innings briefly.
Cheteshwar Pujara (21) and skipper Virat Kohli (22) got decent starts only to throw them away.
The 215-run score was the highest total in this series, however, on this ground in Nagpur, it is India’s lowest ever innings total.
For South Africa the early damage was done by lanky pacer Morkel, who grabbed a superb 3 for 35 in three spells before limping off the field after bowling the first ball of his fourth. His wicket-taking spells, the second and third, read 4-2-8-1 and 4-2-8-2.
Off spinner Simon Harmer, dropped from the team in the drawn Bengaluru Test after playing in the series opener at Mohali, supported him with a fine haul of 4 for 78, by getting good purchase off the turning track.
Young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and spinners Elgar and Tahir accounted for the other wickets.
There were only two significant partnerships in the Indian innings –- 50 between openers Vijay and Dhawan and 48 between Saha and Jadeja.
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