Mohali - South Africa ripped through India's batting in the bowler-dominated
first Test in Mohali on Saturday after the hosts appeared to be cruising
towards a match-winning lead.
India, who started the third day at
125/2 in their second innings, suffered a batting meltdown in the
morning session to go to lunch on 185/8 at the I.S. Bindra
The hosts have an overall lead of 202 runs with two
wickets in hand on a dusty pitch that produced 22 wickets on the first
two days and remains difficult to bat on.
India moved to 161-2
before the top-ranked Proteas, without their injured pace spearhead Dale
Steyn, grabbed three top-order wickets for as many runs to spark a
The overnight pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper
Virat Kohli batted through the first hour to take their third wicket
stand to 66 runs.
Medium-pacer Stiaan van Zyl, the sixth bowler
summoned by South African captain Hashim Amla, broke the threatening
partnership soon after the drinks interval by having Kohli caught behind
Pujara himself fell two overs later for 77, edging leg-spinner Imran Tahir's first delivery to Amla in the slips.
Africa gained another wicket in the next over when Ajinkya Rahane was
caught smartly at short-leg by substitute fielder Temba Bavuma off Simon
The off-spinner earned two more quick wickets to reduce
India to 182/7 as he trapped Ravindra Jadeja leg-before for eight and
had Amit Mishra caught at backward square-leg for two.
Tahir had Ravichandran Ashwin caught in the slips off the last ball before lunch, leaving Wriddhiman Saha unbeaten on eight.
The tourists again took the field without Steyn, who has been sidelined for the entire innings due to a groin strain.