Video: South Africa captain Hashim Amla’s bizarre bowled out
India notched up an empathic 108 runs Test victory over South Africa at Mohali to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. The match has ended inside three days. 18 wickets have fallen in one day. India added only 75 runs, losing 8 wickets from their 2nd day’s total 125 for 2 while South Africa were toppled for 109 runs inside two sessions with one hour left for the day while chasing 218. India’s comeback man Ravindra Jadeja took a second innings fifer.
The Mohali Test, first of the four-match Gandhi-Mandela series, was filled with so many twists. Nevertheless, spinners have dominated this Test. South African part-time spinner Dean Elgar outfoxed India with his spin on the first-day while India’s spin trio -Ravichandran, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra spun out for SA for 184 runs that helped India get a valuable 17 run lead.
India on the third morning started well. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a prolific 77, but South African spinners Simon Harmer and Imran Tahir cleaned-up India’s last 8 wickets inside 38 runs. India managed to get 200 runs mark, that helped them set a 218 run target for South Africa. With two days left the total looked easy, but Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra and R. Ashwin were too tough for South Africa batsmen. Pacer Varun Aaron got the wicket of opener Dean Elgar. Stiaan van Zyl (36) and Simon Harmer (11) showed a little resistance as they built a 7th wicket 40 run partnership. But, as Harmer was caught by Rahane off Jadeja, the last two wickets have gone for 7 runs.
South Africa captain Hashim Amla, who was foxed by Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings, got bizarrely bowled. Ravindra Jadeja bowled an arm ball, Amla did not offer any shot, he decided to leave the ball instead, but the ball strike the middle stump.
Nobody expected this level of erroneous judgement from Amla, who is known as a good player of spin. When Amla was bamboozled by Ravindra Jadeja South Africa were 3 down for 10 runs while chasing 218 with three days in hand. Amla has scored 43 in the firs innings, but in the second innings has gone for a duck. The next Test will be played at Bangalore scheduled on November 14.
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— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) November 7, 2015