India’s ace off spinner R. Ashwin continued his rich vein of form as he bagged another five wicket haul. His five for in the first innings against South Africa was the 13th of his 29 match career. Ashwin was lethal and mesmerizing to say the least and bowled like a classical off spinner. He made the likes of AB De Villiers and Hashim Amla dance to his tunes. Ashwin was just irresistible in the first innings against the Proteas. It was due to the sheer brilliance of Ashwin’s spell that India could manage a slender lead of 17 in the first innings.
Ashwin’s first scalp Van Zyl, who couldn’t read the straighter one and was caught dead plumb. The tall off spinner from Tamil Nadu struck on the second morning as he sent back Dean Elger back to the pavilion. Elger looked to slog sweep Ashwin, but rather Elgar could just manage a top edge, giving an easy catch to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.
Amla’s wicket was the turning point for India as the hosts got the momentum after Ashwin got the better of the South African captain. Amla danced down the track, but missed the ball. Saha, had an easy stumping opportunity, but he couldn’t grasp the ball. However, the ball fell onto the stumps after hitting Saha’s chest. It was indeed a freak dismissal for Amla.
South African wicketkeeper Dane Vilas just threw it away as his attempted sweep was excellently caught by Jadeja. Ashwin’s fifth victim was Imran Tahir, who got an inside edge, only to be caught by Cheteshwar Pujara. In the due course, Ashwin achieved 150 test wickets in just 29 games and became the fourth quickest in the history of the game to reach the landmark.
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