Mohali: On a thrilling third day that turned out to be the last of the Mohali Test, India secured a 1-0 lead over South Africa with their spinners picking the batsmen off like plastic ducks.
18 wickets fell on day three at the PCA Stadium, 16 of them to spin, and India’s three-pronged spin quotient accounted for as South Africa, chasing 218, were bowled out for 109.
These telling strikes on a turning pitch, including five to comeback man Ravindra Jadeja, shoved into the background India’s own collapse of 8/39 to be bowled to for 201. Virat Kohli has now won three Test matches in a row, including his first at home.
Jadeja (5/21) and Ashwin (3/39) mopping up the rest and help to win the first test against SA.