The inevitable has happened! The streak of sheer dominance held proudly by the South Africans has finally been broken! The Proteas, who were undefeated in away series’ since the last 9 years have finally faced defeat, by the hands of Virat Kohli’s team India. In the days to come, there will be a lot of discussion about the pitch dished out at Nagpur, but for now, the Indians will relish every bit of their series triumph. After all, a series win against the World’s number one side is definitely a thing worth rejoicing.
The day commenced as Dean Elger once again perished to Ashwin. De Villiers got in, and looked utterly miserable in his short stay, before being flummoxed by Ashwin, plumb in front. All De Villiers had been a dumbfounded look on his face, which summarized South Africa’s test campaign. Du Plessis and Amla batted with great determination and concentration. Their partnership lasted for 46.2 overs, and it surely sent a few shivers down the spines of Indian fans.
However, it was Amit Mishra, who put all South African hopes to rest by dismissing Amla and Du Plessis in quick succession. It was just a matter of time, as the visitors were bundled out for 185, handing India a 124 run victory. Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers, as he bagged 7 wickets, and the 15th five-wicket haul of his career.
Below, are the statistical highlights from the third day’s play:
1. 3. The number of days in which India has won its last 5 tests at home.
2. 55. Ashwin has become the leading wicket taker in tests in 2015, with 55 wickets at 17.81.
3. 3. This was the third instance when Ashwin picked up 12 wickets in a test.
4. 7. As many as 7 batsmen were dismissed within the 30’s in this test.
5. 9.20. AB De Villiers’ batting average in the second innings in India. His average in India in the first innings is 71.28