Mohali - Neither
India nor South Africa could cope with the Day 3 batting conditions but the
advantage India had built up over the first two days was sufficient to give
them victory by 108 runs in the first Test match at Mohali on
As it happened: India v South Africa, 1st Test
started the day with an overall lead of 142 runs with eight wickets in hand and
a target of extending their lead to somewhere between 300 and 350.
The Proteas started the day by using their two fit seamers, Vernon Philander
and Kagiso Rabada, who bowled with tight control and prevented India from
making a strong start.
the spinners took over, with Stiaan van Zyl also claiming a wicket, India
collapsed dramatically to lose 6/24 by the lunch break and 8/39 by the end of
their innings. It should, in fact, have been even worse as an incorrect
umpiring decision allowed them to extend their lead by 12 runs.
African target of 218 always looked out of reach and in the end they succumbed
for 109 in a ball short of 40 overs. Four players reached double figures with
Stiaan van Zyl’s 36 (82 balls, 6 fours) being more than twice any other
Jadeja took five wickets to be named man of the match while Ravi Ashwin picked up
another three to go with his five in the first innings.
In spite of
the margin of defeat the Proteas can take quite a lot out of the match, not the
least being the performance of the spin attack with Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer
and Imran Tahir sharing 15 wickets between them.
need not read too much into this defeat. There were only two Indian batsmen who
coped with the conditions in Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara and they had
the benefit of batting first on the first day when the conditions were almost