India beat South Africa by 108 runs in the first Test at Mohali’s PCA Stadium on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were the pick of the Indian bowlers, with Jadeja taking a five-wicket haul at the expense of a meagre 21 runs, while Ashwin claimed three for 39.
The Proteas were set a target of 218 runs to win after skipper Virat Kohli’s dismissal in the day’s first session of play triggered a batting collapse by the hosts and their eventual dismissal for 200. Simon Harmer and Imran Tahir were the chief wicket-takers for the visitors, both claiming four wickets apiece.
The Indian spinners, however, made an immediate impact in South Africa’s first innings. Pacer Vernon Philander, sent out in a nightwatchman’s role, was trapped leg before by Ravindra Jadeja. Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took a five-wicket haul in the Proteas’ first innings, joined in soon, getting Faf du Plessis to edge one to first slip.
Skipper Hashim Amla chose to leave a straight one by Jadeja that didn’t spin and ended up getting bowled. He was soon followed by danger man AB de Villiers, who was once again bowled by legspinner Amit Mishra. The first four wickets fell within 10 overs at the expense of just 32 runs.
The visitors offered some resistance for the eighth wicket, with the partnership between Simon Harmer and Stiaan van Zyl lasting 42 runs, but with de Villiers and Amla back in the pavilion, they were simply delaying the inevitable.
The second Test in Bangalore begins on November 14.
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