India Rattles South Africa with Ashwin’s Spinning Magic

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Virat Kohli’s entourage did what MS Dhoni couldn’t as India defeated Test world number 1 team, South Africa by 124 runs in an extremely one sided affair at Jamtha, Nagpur.

India Vs South Africa 3rd Test Match: Ashwin spins it in India’s way at Jamtha

India Vs South Africa
India wins Freedom Series

South Africa’s dream run of 9 years without a series loss at foreign soil has finally ended with India rattling Proteas at Jamtha, Nagpur by 124 runs. India won the 4 match Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Series by 2-0 with win at Nagpur and Mohali while match in Chennai was called off due to rain.

Ravichandran Ashwin continued his heroics with 12 scalps in the test match and hence being the man of the match. R Ashwin combined with Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra to turn the match in India’s favour as Spin trio picked all the 20 wickets of Hashim Amla’s men.

India Vs South Africa: Match Report

Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat at the spinning track of Jamtha. India posted a mediocre total with handy knocks of Murali Vijay (40), R Jadeja (34) and Wriddhiman Saha (32) whereas wicket tally of Proteas was topped by Simon Harmer ( 4 wickets) and Morne Morkel  (3 wickets).

South African team was literally on their knees as they had no clue of the turn and bounce as they showed zero resistance and could only manage to post mere 79 runs thus handing enormous lead to Indian team. R Ashwin took 5 scalps while Jadeja grabbed 4 wickets in rattling Proteas at 79 runs which was also India’s best performance in their Test cricket history.

Indian team was high on 136 run lead but couldn’t score big in the second innings as well at a disappointing pitch where it was all about spin and turn. India scored another 173 runs with Shikhar Dhawan leading the score chart with 39 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Virat again proved fallibile again at this spinning deck. Imran Tahir grabbed 5 wickets for Africans while Morne Morkel showed his class at this anti pacer pitch with 3 wickets again.

Proteas were given the enormous task of 310 runs which was barely possible at such a pitch which has been criticised by many ex players. Africa lost early wickets but Amla (39) and Du Plessis (39) did struggle to delay the Indian win which eventually came as South Africa surrendered at 185 runs thus losing the match by 124 runs. R Ashwin again starred with the red ball as he plucked another 7 Proteas batters to become Man of the Match.

Indian win or Cricket’s loss!

Team India may have won the match quite comprehensively but every cricket expert or even fans are criticising the quality of cricket due to quick deteriorating pitches in India. The matches in India are ending within 3 days which allows BCCI to call the pitches as result oriented but the fact is, the matches and pitches are not providing the required equilibrium as Batting has become a nightmare and that too from the first day of the matches as evident in South Africa Vs India 3rd match at Jamtha, Nagpur. The match saw the highest score of 40 runs by an individual player which is alarming. BCCI is not helping cricket with these spin friendly pitches as it would become an impossible task for Indian players to win matches outside sub continent (England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand).

Cricket is a contest about Bat and Ball which is hardly visible in the ongoing series between India and Australia. BCCI should make pitches for the hosts but making a graveyard for batters and visitors is not going to help either cricket or Indian Team.

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