Spinners proved to be the difference on the Day 1 of the first India vs South Africa Test match.
India and South Africa had five specialist bowlers each in their line up and the spin friendly pitch of Mohali might have been the reason for the same. The match, which was expected to be crowd puller ended up being just the opposite. The crowd was thin but it did not pull back the players from giving their best.
India had a horrible start to the game when Shikhar Dhawan was sent back for a duck. Murali Vijay and Cheteswar Pujara then tried to steady the ship. Part time spinner Dean Elgar was given the bowl by captain Hashim Amla soon and Elgar became a headache for India in no time.
He dismissed Pujara without breaking a sweat and Virat Kohli, who came on next, was caught by Elgar just four balls later off the bowling of Rabada. Elgar then cleaned up Ajikya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha to put India in a precarious situation at 102-5 after 40 overs.
Vijay, who scored a half-century to give the team some kind of hope, was the next wicket. His innings of 75 from 203 came to an end at the hands of Harmer. The returning Ravindra Jadeja contributed a solid 38 before being caught leg before wicket by Philander.
Imran Tahir picked up two to cut off the tail of India when Elgar took his fourth through Amit Mishra. India had to end their innings at 201 for 10 after 68 overs.
India vs South Africa: Indian Spinners shine
South Africa came on to bat with just hours to go in the first day. David Elgar, who had a good stint with the ball , came out to open alongside Van Zyl. Ravichandra Ashwin got the better of Zyl and dismissed him for five. This was the first blow for Africa and the second one came thanks to Ravindra Jadeja. Flaf Du Plessis could not read the ball by Jadeja and it ended up taking his stump. Proteas ended their day with a score of 28-2 after 20 overs.
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