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912dThe Report by George Binoy

SA face spin ordeal after India out for 215

Morne Morkel and Simon Harmer combined to dismiss India for 215 on a difficult batting pitch in Nagpur, but South Africa lost two wickets to spin before stumps

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

M Vijay
40(84) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 2 10 5 7 0 8 8
S Dhawan
S Dhawan
39(78) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 14 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 4 0 11 17 2 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

R Ashwin
R Ashwin
O29.5
M7
R66
W7
Eco2.21
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W3W
R Ashwin
R Ashwin
O16.1
M6
R32
W5
Eco1.97
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W1W

Match Details

Toss

India , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

India led the 4-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30

Match days

25,26,27 November 2015 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

INDIA 215(78.2 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 79(33.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA 173(46.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

SOUTH AFRICA 185(89.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

3.25pm India dominate another Test in this series at home. Started the Test just three days back with a good opening stand and they did not look back from there. South Africa's impressive nine-year record ends. Ashwin takes 12 in the game, seven in the second innings to skittle SA out for a combined score of 264 in two innings. India also dismissed SA for 79 in the first innings which was the lowest total India have bowled a side out for. Lot of talk throughout the Test has been about the pitch, which was a minefield on the first couple of days and played slightly better today. So it is SA 2, India 1 in terms of series wins on this tour. The batsmen struggled throughout the match but it was good to see the application of Amla and Faf today. Nowhere close to enough though and India take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Ashwin is the Man of the Match: "The wicket slowed up a bit today, there was help in the wicket but the way Faf and Amla played, we had to put some good balls. One team was trying to fight, one team was trying to win. batsmen go out to make 100s, I go out to get five-fors. I thought Amit bowled a wonderful spell after lunch, we prized out a couple of wickets in that post-lunch session. Anybody who goes out there and trusts his defense can play well.

Hashim Amla: "Obviously very disappointing. It was a hard game. Whether we win or lose, we have to fight honorably and well done to the guys. We tried to dig deep as long as we can. The pitch was a difficult factor, it was turning and bouncing whether the new ball or the old one. Three day matches are difficult.

Virat Kohli: "Very pleasing indeed, especially because they won the ODI and T20 series. Some good cricket in Mohali, Bangalore and here. feels very good. we played some good cricket. Ashwin is a world-class spinner, he stepped up in a big way for us, maybe the best in the world at the moment, we expected them to string in a partnership or two. This is what Test cricket is, we need patience with the ball and believing a chance will come. Mishra showed great character in that period. I think it was a challenging wicket, the batsmen applied better in Mohali. It is all about application. There are no sorts of excuses on that, our batsmen showed character in three innings. Sometimes you have conditions where it is going to be bowler-friendly, chances can be created. Spinner s have had an upper hand in the series. Sealing the series was very important, Delhi will be an opportunity for us to be more consistent.

89.5
W
Ashwin to Morkel, OUT, bowled im. Ashwin gets seven. And India take the series. SA's nine-year record ends. May have been the carrom ball or the slider but the ball drifts on and snakes through the gap between bat and pad to clatter into leg stump. Morkel did not pick that. India complete a 124-run victory and an unassailable 2-0 series lead going to Delhi

M Morkel b Ashwin 4 (6m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

89.4
0
Ashwin to Morkel, no run, that was better, slowed up on off, outside half of the bat goes to silly point
89.3
4
Ashwin to Morkel, FOUR runs, low full toss on leg, whacked with a drive to the long-on boundary. Easy runs to add to Morkel's tally

Pratik: "Nice to see that SA won the second inniings"

89.2
1
Ashwin to Harmer, 1 run, flat and short, enough time for Harmer to go back and clip to deep backward square leg
89.1
2
Ashwin to Harmer, 2 runs, flat on leg, a thick inside edge goes through and past leg slip for a couple to fine leg

END OF OVER:
89 | 1 Run | SA: 178/9

  • Morne Morkel0 (5b)
  • Simon Harmer5 (22b)
  • Amit Mishra20-2-51-3
  • Ravichandran Ashwin29-7-59-6
88.6
0
Mishra to Morkel, no run, flat outside off, Morkel keeps it out with a defense

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.

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.

Harmer's milestone

250

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Long standing

30.4

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