India v South Africa: Top 5 turning points of the 2nd day at Mohali Test
On the second day of the first Test, India put themselves in a safe position as they got 142 run lead over South Africa. India got a 17 runs first innings lead while in the second innings Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay helped India to hold their position strong in the match.
Here are five turning points of the match:
1) Dean Elgar opened the floodgate
The South African opener, who has taken India by surprise with his uncertain left arm spin, lost his wicket on the second day of the Test opened the floodgate of the South African batting line-up. Elgar scored 37. He was bamboozled by R. Ashwin, who hit back at South Africa and gave Dean Elgar really that was pending. When Dean Elgar South Africa were 85 for 3. From there they were all out for 184.
2) The big collapse of the day
Starting the day 28 for 2, clueless South African batsmen were made to dance on the track by Indian spinners. As Dean Elgar in the 38th over captain Hashim Amla was rolled out of the popping crease as Ashwin’s off-spin out-foxed him. The ball hit Wriddhiman Saha’s chest and drop on the bail. In 46th over Dane Vilas was also scalped by Ashwin. AB de Villiers, after surviving couple of scares, scored 63, but in the end wickets were falling on the regular interval. AB de Villiers was finally bowled by leg-spinner, Amit Mishra. Vernon Philander was the last man who built a 29 runs partnership with DeVilliers. But, after his departure, there was no resistance from South Africa batsmen. The last three wickets only contributed 48 runs.
3) Indian spinners are too strong for South Africa batsmen
Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 13th fifer of his career. He was uncertain for the first Test after he sustained an injury in the first ODI at Kanpur. But, Ashwin’s presence in the team made all the difference so far. He has given India the first breakthrough on the first day and on the second day morning he has sent back Dean Elgar to turn the match in India’s favour. The other spinner – comeback man – Ravindra Jadeja did remarkably well as he has taken two more wickets on the second day to finish with a tally of three wickets. His victims were Faf du Plessis, Philander and Dale Steyn. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s delivery to AB de Villers that has shaken the off stump was the delivery of the day. Mishra also trapped Simon Harmer LBW.
4) Shikhar Dhawan’s score card first innings 0, second innings 0 – What next?
The Indian left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan has been dismissed by the same bowler in the same style in this match. His score in the match is nil. Dhawan was caught at the first slip by AB de Villiers in the second innings off Vernon Philander while in the first innings Hashim Amla caught him at the slip off Philander. Dhawan missed the final two Tests in Sri Lanka. But, at Galle and Fatullah he scored two back to back hundreds. After a dip in his form since the ODI series against South Africa is a matter concern. So what’s next for him?
5) Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara
Dhawan’s duck was not the end of India’s hope, as Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay built an 86 runs partnership for the second wicket. However, Vijay was caught at short leg by substitute fielder Bavuma off the Imran Tahir. Vijay missed his half-century by three runs. On the other hand, Pujara was in a prolific mood. He was rather quick on accumulating runs. He hit 6 boundaries and one six. Pujara and Captain Virat Kohli ended the days’ s business on their personal score 63 and 11 respectively.
India have already got a substantial lead of 142 runs with 8 wickets remaining in hand.