Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 3

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Ashwin bags 12 wickets to help India pip South Africa

R Ashwin - who claimed a five-for in the first innings - continued his stellar display with the ball in the second and picked up seven wickets to help India maul South Africa by 124 runs in the Third Test that ended in Nagpur on Thursday.

733dFirdose Moonda in Nagpur

SA look for new fairytale as dream run ends

South Africa's unbeaten run on the road may be over, but rather than mull over their loss, the team must draw heart from their past battles and start afresh to script another era of domination

Day 2

733dFirdose Moonda in Nagpur

Under-prepared, unsure SA feel the heat

The team is currently paying the price for basing their selections on a tour of Bangladesh which was heavily disrupted by rain, and left them with more questions than answers

733dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Nagpur

The difference between Nagpur and Nottingham

One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time

733dShiva Jayaraman

South Africa fall to record lows

Stats highlights from the second day's play in Nagpur, where South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since their return to Test cricket

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R Ashwin's five-for puts India in command

India's spinners, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, put their side in command of the third Test match against South Africa by restricting their opponents to just 79 runs, their lowest total against India in Tests on Thursday.

Day 1

733dFirdose Moonda in Nagpur

Revamped SA attack holds own on Nagpur turner

Despite the absence of Dale Steyn, the shift to an entirely different bowling combination - two pacers and two frontline spinners - and the unfamiliar conditions, the visiting attack delivered

733dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Nagpur

Familiar faults expose India in the middle

India took control in Nagpur but, on another day, the dismissals of Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli could have more damaging consquences

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Morne Morkel troubles hosts at Nagpur

An impressive three-wicket display from Morne Morkel ensured that South Africa didn't miss an injured Dale Steyn on the first day of the third Test match against India being played in Nagpur on Wednesday.

Others

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'This wicket is diabolical'

There has been plenty of criticism of the rank turner in Nagpur, where 20 wickets have fallen in the first four sessions

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ICC hands official warning to Nagpur

The ICC has given the Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur, which hosted the third Test between India and South Africa, an official warning under its pitch monitoring process

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'What's the problem with spin and bounce?'

A collection of comments made by the Indian and South African camps and former players on the pitch in Nagpur, which had variable turn, pace and bounce, resulting in a top score of 40 over four innings in the Test

733dKarthik Krishnaswamy in Nagpur

World-class Ashwin overcomes South Africa's grit

India faced strong resistance from Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis on the third day, but R Ashwin, aided by a treacherous pitch, proved too relentless for them

731dFirdose Moonda in Nagpur

Teetering SA search for balance

South Africa need two spinners to play in India, but that means their batting depth is lessened. Finding a middle ground will be vital to their chances of levelling the series

Long standing

30.4

Overs played by the previous longest stand in the series, between Vijay and Pujara. This is now the longest.

Amla's longest

97

Most balls faced by Hashim Amla in his previous 9 inns on this tour. This is the first time he has faced 100+ balls in an inns.

SA show greater patience

160

Dots played by South Africa batsmen in the first inns. They have already played more in this innings.

Faf's done it before

134

Runs scored by Faf du Plessis the last time the batted against India in the fourth innings of a Test, in Johannesburg, 2013.

A fifty for the year

2008

Last time an India bowler took 50 Test wickets in a year - Harbhajan Singh took 63. Only 12 instances including Ashwin's.

SA again

2007

Last time before this 25 or more wickets fell in the first five sessions in a Test: SA v Pak, Cape Town.

Only once before

1978

The only other time Ind surpassed their opposition's 1st inns total for the loss of 2 or fewer wkts in the 2nd inns: v WI 1978-79, Kolkata.

A new low, again

82

The previous lowest total against Ind in Tests, SL in Chandigarh in 1990. SA were bundled out for 3 runs short of that in this inns.

A new low

12

This is the lowest score on which SA have lost half their side in a Test innings. Previous lowest was 14, v Aus in 1902

Ashwin - the opener

1910

The last time a spinner took more wickets than Ashwin's 56 in Tests when he opened the bowling. Colin Blythe took 74.

Harmer's milestone

250

First-class wickets for Simon Harmer; Among SA spinners, only Imran Tahir has taken more wickets since Harmer's debut.

At home with the bat

42.00

Ashwin's bat ave in home Tests. Only 3 India batsmen - Pujara, Kohli and Vijay - have scored more than his 630 runs in India.

Same opposition

2008

Last time India were 6 down for fewer runs in the 1st inns of a home Test - also against SA, in Ahmedabad. They were 55/6 then.