Ashwin sparks South African collapse
07 November 2015, Nirapad News: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin battered top-ranked South Africa with a five-wicket haul to leave India in control of the bowler-dominated first Test in Mohali on Friday.
India, shot out for 201 in the first innings on a dusty, dry wicket, hit back to skittle the Proteas for 184 on the second day at the I.S. Bindra stadium.
The hosts went to stumps on 125 for two in their second knock to take an overall lead of 142 runs with eight wickets in hand in conditions that are tailor-made for the bowlers.
Murali Vijay followed his top-score of 75 in the first innings with 47, sharing a second wicket partnership of 86 with Cheteshwar Pujara, who remained unbeaten on 63 with six fours and a six. The pair came together after left-handed Shikhar Dhawan bagged a pair, edging Vernon Philander to the slip cordon for the second time in the match without scoring. Vijay fell to a brilliant one-handed catch at short-leg by substitute fielder Temba Bavuma off Imran Tahir, but Indian captain Virat Kohli kept Pujara company at stumps on 11. South Africa missed pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who did not take the field in the second innings due to a “tight right groin”, according to Cricket South Africa, according to a news agency–Aminul.