India wrapped up the first test in Mohali on the third day itself against a struggling South African batting unit. With this memorable win, Indian captain Virat Kohli also registered his first test win at home. India’s architect for this special win was comeback man Ravindra Jadeja, who grabbed a scintillating five-wicket haul in the second innings to derail the South African run chase.
India began the day cautiously as Kohli and Pujara looked solid and set. However, a lack in concentration led to Kohli’s downfall as he was dismissed by part-timer Van Zyl. Soon, the Indian batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards. From 161-2, the hosts were bowled out for 200. Off Spinner Shaun Harmer and Imran Tahir took four wickets apiece and restricted the Indians to an underwhelming score.
218 could have been chased down had the visitors applied themselves better. But that was not to be, as the Proteas went in with some weird tactics. Vernon Philander was asked to open, and as expected, was dismissed on the first ball of Jadeja’s spell. Faf Du Plessis was dismissed for one by Ashwin and soon Jadeja bowled a slider to Amla. Amla expected the ball to turn, but it went straight on, castling him. De Villiers was once again cleaned up by Amit Mishra.
Towards the end, it was a mere formality as the hosts won the first test by 108 runs. Below, are the statistical highlights for the third day’s play.
1. 13. The number of Tests taken by Ravindra Jadeja to get to 50 wickets.
2. 39. The number of runs for which India lost 8 wickets in the second innings.
3. 17.48. Ravindra Jadeja’s stunning bowling average at home.
4. 85. The percentage of wickets falling to spin in the first Test.
5. 21.8. Virat Kohli’s batting average in the third innings of a Test.