In­dia spin out SA for 214

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BAN­GA­LORE: In­dia’s spin twins Ravichan­dran Ash­win and Ravin­dra Jadeja shared eight wick­ets as South Africa crum­bled for 214 on the open­ing day of the sec­ond Test in Ban­ga­lore yes­ter­day. AB de Villiers marked his 100th Test with a stroke-filled 85 to bol­ster the score af­ter In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli won the toss and elected to field in over­cast con­di­tions at the Chin­naswamy sta­dium.

Opener Dean El­gar’s 38 was the next high­est score as the top-ranked Proteas, who lost the first Test in Mo­hali by 108 runs, once again floun­dered against the spin­ners on a pitch that held no demons. In­dia replied with 80 for no loss by stumps with Mu­rali Vi­jay un­beaten on 28 and Shikhar Dhawan find­ing form with 45 not out af­ter be­ing dis­missed for a pair in Mo­hali. South Africa, aim­ing to bounce back in the four-Test se­ries, were re­duced to 120-5 be­fore be­ing dis­missed in just 59 overs dur­ing the post-tea ses­sion to hand In­dia the early ad­van­tage.

Off-spin­ner Ash­win wreaked havoc with the top or­der by claim­ing three of the first five wick­ets, in­clud­ing two in his open­ing over when he was brought on to bowl the eighth over. Ash­win fin­ished with four for 70 to build on his eightwicket match haul in the first Test. Left-armer Jadeja, who also took eight scalps in Mo­hali, re­turned with four for 50, in­clud­ing the im­por­tant wicket of de Villiers off the last ball be­fore tea. De Villiers hit 11 bound­aries and a six, be­fore wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha dived in front of the stumps to pick up a low catch.

‘Too many soft dis­missals’

South African coach Rus­sell Domingo blamed the bats­men for the low to­tal, say­ing there was noth­ing in the wicket to sug­gest an­other bowler-dom­i­nated game. “There were far too many soft dis­missals from us,” he said. “The pitch was fine. We just did not play well.” Domingo, how­ever, did not rule out a turn­around in the Test. “At the mo­ment we are ob­vi­ously too far be­hind in the game, but things can change fast be­cause six to seven wick­ets can fall in a ses­sion.”

De Villiers walked in at 45-3 to gen­er­ous ap­plause from some 23,000 fans who re­gard him as one of their own due to his stint with the Ban­ga­lore team in the In­dian Premier League. He got off the mark with five runs, cour­tesy of an over­throw by In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli that raced to the fence. De Villiers, who went to lunch un­beaten on 19, brought up South Africa’s 100 with a su­perb cover drive off fast bowler Varun Aaron and reached his half-cen­tury with a sin­gle off Ash­win.

Ash­win praised de Villiers’ ef­fort but felt the star bats­man was not at his best. “AB is a world­class bats­man and played his strokes, but I thought he was a bit edgy to­day,” the off-spin­ner said. “There was not much for us in the pitch but we bowled well. Even when AB was bat­ting, we were able to main­tain con­trol by tak­ing wick­ets at the other end.”

Ash­win trapped Sti­aan van Zyl (10) leg-be­fore with his sec­ond de­liv­ery and had Faf du Plessis (0) caught at short-leg by Chetesh­war Pu­jara off the fifth to make it 15-2. Aaron claimed the key wicket of Hashim Amla (7) in the 15th over, up­root­ing the cap­tain’s off-stump as the Proteas were re­duced to 45-3. The ninth-wicket pair of Kyle Ab­bott (14) and Morne Morkel (22) put on 37 to steer the tourists past the 200-run mark for the first time in the se­ries. They had fallen for 184 and 109 in Mo­hali.— AFP

BAN­GA­LORE: In­dian wick­et­keeper Wriddhiman Saha (right) takes the catch to dis­miss South African crick­eter AB de Villiers for 85 runs dur­ing the first day of the sec­ond Test match be­tween In­dia and South Africa at The M Chin­naswamy Sta­dium in Ban­ga­lore yes­ter­day. —AFP

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