India v South Africa: Tourists bowled out for 79 in third Test

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (second left) has taken 18 wickets in the series at an average of 11.33
Third Test, Nagpur, day two
India 215 & 173 Dhawan 39, Tahir 5-38
South Africa 79 Ashwin 5-32, Jadeja 4-33 & 32-2
South Africa need a further 278 to win

South Africa were bowled out for 79 - the lowest Test total against India - as 20 wickets fell on the second day of the third Test in Nagpur.

Resuming on 11-2 in reply to 215, the tourists slipped to 12-5 before being dismissed in only 33.1 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin took 5-32 and Ravindra Jadeja 4-33 for India, who lead 1-0 in the four-match series.

Although South Africa bowled India out for 173, they were 32-2 at the close in pursuit of 310 for victory.

All 10 wickets fell to spin in South Africa's first innings, and eight in India's second innings, on a pitch described by former England captain Michael Vaughan as "diabolical".

The Proteas, the world's top-ranked Test side, have not lost an away Test series since 2006.

The day in numbers

  • India have never bowled a side out for fewer than the 82 made by Sri Lanka at Chandigarh in 1990
  • Only once before have 20 wickets fallen in a day in India - against Australia in Mumbai in 2004external-link
  • South Africa's 79 was their lowest total since they made 72 against England in Cape Town in 1957
  • South Africa's first innings lasted 33.1 overs, their third shortest innings since returning to Test cricket in 1992
  • Ashwin is only the second spinner to bowl unchanged through a completed innings, following England's Monty Panesar against India at Mumbai in 2012
  • Never before have 32 wickets in the first two days of a Test in India
Michael Vaughan tweet
Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan criticised the pitch at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
Matthew Hayden tweet
Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden added his voice to the criticism
Aaron Finch tweet
Australia one-day batsman Aaron Finch enjoyed watching an eventful day's play
Glenn Maxwell tweet
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell joined the debate

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