Stats:  R. Ashwin took  a fifer, enters the list of fastest 150 wkt takers 

At the end of the second day, India has earned a 142 run lead as Ravichandran Ashwin’s five-wicket haul has helped India to get 17 run lead over South Africa. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli ended the day positively. Pujara is batting on 63 while Murali Vijay missed his second fifty in the match.

The star performer of the day is R. Ashwin as with 13th five-wicket haul he has become the fastest Indian bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket. Internationally he surpassed Australia’s Dennis Lillee’s record. Ashwin now stands 8th in the list.

South Africa in reply to India’s first-innings 201 were spun out by Indian spin trio-Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.

From the first day’s score 28 for 2 South Africa started the day positively as Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla added 57 runs. But, as Ashwin gave India the first breakthrough of the day by picking the wicket of Elgar, South Africa’s floodgate opened.

Ashwin’s spin was clueless to the South African batsmen. From the other end, Ravindra Jadeja kept the pressure on South African batsmen.

Ashwin’s next scalp was Hashim Amla, whom he invited to play the delivery from the front, but Amla missed the length wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha failed to grab the ball, but it touched his chest and drop on the stump. Ashwin on the same over sent back Dane Villas.

On first day afternoon, Ashwin took the wicket of opener Stiaan van Zyl. On tandem with Ashwin, Ravindra, Jadeja kept the thing tight for South Africa. He could get the wicket of AB de Villiers, but he overstepped. So, the third umpire Vineet Kulkarni  recommended Kumar Dharmasena to call back AB de Villiers. However, that did not affect India much as South African long tail did not find any clue India spinners and eventually all out for 184.

 

Jadeja, who has taken the wicket of Faf du Plessis, on the second day has taken two more wickets. Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander were his victims of the day. Meanwhile, the leg-spinner Amit Mishra has down the curtain on Ab  de Villiers 63 run innings. De Villiers has survived a couple of scares. His 6 boundaries for a while looked ominous.

Mishra has taken the wicket of Simon Harmer to finish his first innings figure 2 for 35 in 12 overs. 

But, it was Ashwin, who has drawn all praise for his fifer. His five-wicket haul helped India to get a handy 17 runs first innings lead. Ashwin has taken 21 wickets in India’s Sri Lanka series victory. He was the leading wicket-taker there.

Here is the list of fastest 150 Test wicket-takers 

Bowlers

Country

Matches

Averages

Sydney Barnes

Australia

24

17.83

Waqar Younis

Pakistan

27

18.37

Clarrie Grimmett

Australia

28

26.33

Ian Botham

England

29

19.40

Dale Steyn

South Africa

29

22.67

Hugh Tayfield

South Africa

29

24.02

Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan

29

26.60

R. Ashwin

India

29

27.84

Dennis Lillee

Australia

31

24.55

 

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