MOHALI: India won the first Test by a margin of record 108 runs. The Indian spinners have succeeded in getting the best out of the Mohali pitch and posting a massive win in the first Test against South Africa, ending the match in just three days.
Opening the Indian second innings in the first session of the Day 3, Virat Kohli(29) and Chateswar Pujara(77) managed to survive the morning session for quite sometime before Tahir got the wicket of Pujara, the man in form. He was subsequently followed by Virat Kohli which ultimately led to the collapse of the Indian middle order.
South Africa succeeded in crushing the Indian batting order giving away just 36 runs, after the Indian Captain departed to the pavilion. It was a major turn around for South Africa. India were allout in the second innings for a total of 200 runs, with Vijay(44) and Pujara(77) being the top scorers.
Starting their second innings, the South African team have made a strange move by making Philander open the batting for the first time in his career. However, it has back fired as Jadeja caught him LBW. He was followed by Faf du plessis(1) and Amla(0), who struggled to face the Indian spinners. By the end of the fourth over, South Africans have lost three wickets scoring just ten runs.
The major turnaround for India was in the tenth over, when Amit Mishra bowled the inform Ab de villiers(16) for the second time in the first Test. Eventually, South Africa were allout in 39.5 overs for a meager total of 109. India won the first test by 108 runs.
There had been a lot of debate over the Mohali pitch post the conclusion of the match. South African skipper Hashim Amla said, “The conditions are different out there. But, it is not a pitch where we cannot bat. Unfortunately, the wickets fell when we played thinking of a turn and the ball did not turn in reality, The shot selection of the players made the difference”.
Former India captain Gavaskar said, “Now a days it is common for a test match to finish in just three days. Youngsters are not habituated to play with patience due to the impact of T20s. It is a bowler friendly pitch but the selection of shots by the players was awful. Indian batsmen must correct their foot placement”.
Ravindra Jadeja was judged the man of the match for taking eight wickets in the match and scoring crucial runs in the first innings which helped India to post a massive win at Mohali.