Mohali, Nov 6 (IANS) South Africa posted a score of 127/5 in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test match against India here on Friday at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Skipper AB de Villiers (26) and Vernon Philander were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease. The visiting team resumed play at 28/2 on Friday. They now trail India by 74 runs having scored 99 runs in the session.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the three wickets that fell in the first session. India posted a score of 201 in their first innings on Thursday.
Ashwin dismissed both overnight batsmen Hashim Amla (43) and Dean Elgar (37) after the duo put on a 76-run third-wicket partnership. They were cautious but made steady progress on a slow and low wicket. The duo were surrounded by close-in fielders who negotiated the spin threat from the Indian bowlers.
Ashwin extracted a lot of spin from the wicket and forced Dean Elgar (37) into an an error. The left-handed batsman attempted a sweep, succeeding only in offering a catch. Elgar’s hard-working 123-ball stay at the wicket was laced with just two boundaries.
Ashwin then made further inroads, picking up Hashim Amla (34) who was stumped and then sent Dane Vilas (1) back three balls later to leave the visitors in a spot of bother.