Video: Ravindra Jadeja notched up his 3rd career 5 wicket haul
India have registered a 108 convincing victory over South Africa at Mohali to take a 1-0 series lead in the four-match “Gandhi-Mandela” Test series.
The match folded up in three days as batsmen failed to get going and spinner made the optimum use of the PCA stadium that offered spinners a lot of assistance.
India Test captain Virat Kohli’s decision to deploy three spinners against South African batsmen, who performed remarkably well in the limited over series, has worked well. South Africa deployed their part-time spinner Dean Elgar, who was selected in the team as an opening batsman, has taken Indian batsmen by a surprise as he has taken four wickets to restrict India in 201 runs in the first innings.
In the first innings, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a fifer while Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra picked up three and two wickets respectively.
However, everybody kept an eye on Ravindra Jadeja, who was dropped after the Australia tour. But, a couple of outstanding performance in the Ranji Trophy matches for Saurashtra forced the selection committee to pick him up for the first two match.
Jadeja paid back the confidence his captain Virat Kohli and selectors showed in him as in the second innings his five-wicket haul for 21 runs fasten India victory within three days.
On the third day of the Test, South Africa’s two specialist spinners – Simon Harmer and Imran Tahir got 4 wickets each. So, once again South Africa got an ominous signal that India, with three specialist spinners, would create havoc.
Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers in the fourth innings. He first trapped Vernon Philander LBW, who came to open the innings as a night watchman, in the first ball of the second over. His second victim was South Africa captain Hashim Amla, who misjudged the line and a lift the bat, and as a result, his middle stump mildly shook. Meanwhile, Ashwin did not let the pressure release from the other end. Jadeja’s third victim was wicket keeper batsman Dane Vilas.
In between leg-spinner Amit Mishra for the second time in the match bowled AB de Villiers that virtually ensured India’s victory. South Africa were 32 for 4. The question was whether India would win the match on the third day or South Africa could drag the match on the fourth day.
Indian bowlers were in a hurry to party it seemed, so they made a full-throttle attack. Virat’s decision to bring Varun Aaron in action in the 17th over was a successful one as Elgar was bemused by the unlikely bounce and the ball struck on his handle and looped up to Kohli who caught it with ease.
Jadeja later broke the 40 run partnership between Stiaan van Zyl and Simon Harmer. Harmer was caught by Ajinkya Rahne at the slip off Jadeja. Ashwin sent Van Zyl and Dale Steyn in the gap of one over; while Jadeja was flying in the air after completing his third five-wicket haul by sending Imran Tahir back in the 40th over. Jadeja has taken the first and last wicket of South Africa’s 2nd innings to win India the match by 108 runs. Indeed great comeback for Ravindra Jadeja.
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