India Fights Back After Low Score | Day 1, Ind vs SA Mohali Test Match 2015

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The opening Test match of the India vs South Africa 2015 for the Paytm Freedom Trophy 2015 (Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Test Series) has got off to a cracking start. Hosts India have been bowled out for just 201 but they still hold the advantage after reducing South Africa to 28 for 2 on a pitch that is breaking quickly to aid the spinners. Surprisingly the bowler causing the destruction in the Indian innings was neither Dale Steyn nor Imran Tahir, but Dean Elgar – the part-time left-arm spinner! Elgar captured four wickets in a hurry as India collapsed big time having won the toss and deciding to bat first at the PCA Stadium.

Line-ups for India vs South Africa Mohali Test | Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Test Series 2015

The homeside omitted Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Stuart Binny from the playing XI. The trio was released to play in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2015. Cheteshwar Pujara was included in the team ahead of Rohit Sharma. India daringly went in with five bowlers – three of them being spinners. Ravindra Jadeja made his international comeback replacing Harbhajan Singh in the squad. The big news for India was that their match-winning off-spinner R Ashwin was fit and ready to play. South Africa on the other hand gave Test debut to the exciting young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. The visitors packed their team with two spinners in Imran Tahir and offie Simon Harmer. Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and debutant Kagiso Rabada are the pace options for Hashim Amla in this India vs South Africa Mohali Test match.

Image Caption: India’s captain Virat Kohli (R) and teammate Shikhar Dhawan interact after the warm up football game during a training session on the eve of the first Test match between India and South Africa at The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH / GETTY IMAGES

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India’s woes began in just the 2nd over when Shikhar Dhawan trying to force a backfoot drive off Vernon Philander got a thick edge to the slips to get out for a 4-ball duck. Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay steadied the ship until the former was lbw playing inside the line to an arm ball from Dean Elgar. Pujara looked composed till then scoring 31 from 66 balls. Murali Vijay, who looked solid had to watch wickets falling down quickly at the other end. There was a soft dismissal when India Test Captain Virat Kohli was caught at covers, after getting a leading edge to his flick shot off Kagiso Rabada. On what was his 27th birthday, Virat Kohli had a bad outing scoring 1 and lasting four balls.

Dean Elgar Bowling Too Good for Indian Batsmen!

India started to rebuild after Kohli’s exit with Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay putting up a sound partnership. The pair took India past the three figures before Rahane was caught at slip edging a cover drive off a turning ball from Dean Elgar for 15. The very next ball, Wicket Keeper Wriddhiman Saha was out for a first-ball duck, as he edged a turning and bouncing ball around middle from Dean Elgar to Hashim Amla at slip. India slipped to 102 for 5 and was in the real danger of getting bundled out cheaply.

Image Caption: Dean Elgar File photo

Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja Give Respectability | Ind vs SA Mohali Test Highlights

Opener Murali Vijay was dismissed next after a superb 75 (from 136 balls with 12 fours), lbw playing a sweep shot to a flattish delivery from Simon Harmer from round the sticks. Dean Elgar came back in the action to take his fourth wicket with Amit Mishra slogging him right off the bottom to give a catch to long on. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir with a couple of googlies to clean up the stumps of no. 10 Umesh Yadav and no. 11 Varun Aaron respectively. India was bowled out in 68 overs with Ravindra Jadeja contributing a useful unbeaten 38 from 92 balls.

Dean Elgar had a dream day with the ball taking four wickets in just 8 overs! But that was only good news for India as it had better spinners to exploit the pitch and South Africa have always been bad against the turning ball.

Indian Bowling Leads Fight Back | Mohali Test Match Highlights

By the close of play, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took a wicket each doing nothing special. Both the wicket-taking deliveries were arm balls and the batsmen were totally clueless reading them! In the 7th over, left-handed opener Stiaan van Zyl offered no shot on the backfoot and was adjudged lbw to a skidding delivery from R Ashwin. Faf du Plessis at no.3 offered no shot to get bowled through the gate by a flattish armer from Ravindra Jadeja in the 9th over. Dean Elgar with 13* from 59 balls and Skipper Hashim Amla with 9* from 34 balls ensured safety by taking SA to 28 for 2 in 20 overs by the close of Day 1 of this India vs South Africa Mohali Test Match for the Paytm Freedom Trophy 2015.

Image Caption: India’s spin bowlers Ravindra Jadeja (L), Ravichandran Ashwin (C) and Amit Mishra bowl in the nets during a training session on the eve of the first Test match between India and South Africa at The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH / GETTY IMAGES


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