Bangalore - India's spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared
eight wickets as South Africa crumbled for 214 on the opening day of the
second Test in Bangalore on Saturday.
AB de Villiers marked his
100th Test with a stroke-filled 85 to bolster the score after Indian
captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field in overcast
conditions at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Opener Dean Elgar's 38 was
the next highest score as the top-ranked Proteas, who lost the first
Test in Mohali by 108 runs, once again floundered against the spinners
on a pitch that held no demons.
India replied with 80 for no loss
by stumps with Murali Vijay unbeaten on 28 and Shikhar Dhawan finding
form with 45 not out after being dismissed for a pair in Mohali.
Africa, aiming to bounce back in the four-Test series, were reduced to
120-5 before being dismissed in just 59 overs during the post-tea
session to hand India the early advantage.
wreaked havoc with the top order by claiming three of the first five
wickets, including two in his opening over when he was brought on to
bowl the eighth over.
Ashwin finished with four for 70 to build on his eight-wicket match haul in the first Test.
Jadeja, who also took eight scalps in Mohali, returned with four for
50, including the important wicket of de Villiers off the last ball
De Villiers hit 11 boundaries and a six, before
wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha dived in front of the stumps to pick up a
De Villiers walked in at 45-3 to generous applause from
some 23,000 fans who regard him as one of their own due to his stint
with the Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League.
He got off the mark with five runs, courtesy of an overthrow by Indian captain Virat Kohli that raced to the fence.
Villiers, who went to lunch unbeaten on 19, brought up South Africa's
100 with a superb cover drive off fast bowler Varun Aaron and reached
his half-century with a single off Ashwin.
Ashwin trapped Stiaan
van Zyl (10) leg-before with his second delivery and had Faf du Plessis
(0) caught at short-leg by Cheteshwar Pujara off the fifth to make it
Aaron claimed the key wicket of Hashim Amla (7) in the 15th
over, uprooting the captain's off-stump as the Proteas were reduced to
Elgar, who plodded to 38 by lunch, was dismissed off the
second ball after resumption when he dragged an attempted sweep off
Jadeja onto his stumps.
Ashwin had JP Duminy snapped up by Ajinkya
Rahane in the slips before Jadeja grabbed a return catch off Dane Vilas
(15) in a double blow that had the South Africans hopping at 159-6.
ninth-wicket pair of Kyle Abbott (14) and Morne Morkel (22) put on 37
to steer the tourists past the 200-run mark for the first time in the
series. They had fallen for 184 and 109 in Mohali.
India made two
changes from the first Test, bringing in premier fast bowler Ishant
Sharma and all-rounder Stuart Binny in place of Umesh Yadav and Amit
South Africa replaced the injured pace duo of Dale Steyn
and Vernon Philander with Morkel and Abbott. Duminy, who missed the
first Test due to injury, returned in place of off-spinner Simon Harmer.