Mohali: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin repeats it for team India what Dean Elgar did for South Africa. The bowler picked up five wickets to help India take a 17-run lead over South Africa in the Mohali Test today. Earlier India had been bowled out for 201. Today Ashwin’s spin attack wrapped up the visitors for 184 runs in their first innings on the second day of the first Test.
Ashwin picked up 5/51, while fellow spinners Ravindra Jadeja took 3/55 and Amit Mishra helped team India with 2/55.
Ashwin grabbed three wickets in the first session, and dismissed both the overnight batsmen Hashim Amla (43) and Dean Elgar (37) after the duo put on a 76-run third-wicket partnership.
Ashwin extracted a lot of spin from the wicket and forced Dean Elgar (37) into an error to bag his wicket. Dean Elgar, the left-handed batsman attempted a sweep, succeeding only in offering a catch. Elgar’s hard-working 123-ball stay at the wicket was laced with just two boundaries.
Ashwin again stuck the SA batting line up by picking Hashim Amla (34) who was stumped and then three balls later sent Dane Vilas (1) back to the pavilion leaving the visitors in a difficult spot.
But keeping the score card running for the visitors was South African batting bastion AB de Villiers who completed a crucial half-century, on the second day of the opening Test. He was later bowled out by Amit Mishra at 63.
(With inputs from IANS)