South Africa 56-5 chasing 218-run target against India

 07 Nov 2015 - 13:06

South Africa 56-5 chasing 218-run target against India
South African wicketkeeper Dane Vilas celebrates the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli, left, during the third day of their first cricket test match in Mohali, India, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. AP


MOHALI, India: South Africa's fourth-innings run chase against India quickly became a torment on a turning pitch as the Proteas slumped to 56-5 at tea on day three Saturday, pursuing a target of 218 to win the first test.
Spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin justified captain Virat Kohli's decision to start the innings with slow bowling.
The South African batsmen were rattled with the ball turning viciously and also keeping low on the odd occasion.
Faf du Plessis edged a delivery from Ashwin to slip, captain Hashim Amla was bowled not offering a shot to a straight delivery from Jadeja and AB de Villiers was castled with a Mishra delivery that kept low as South Africa's chances of taking a lead in the four-game series seemed to be dashed.
Left-handed opener Dean Elgar was the first wicket for an Indian fast bowler in the match as he top-edged a delivery from Varun Aaron and was caught at mid-on. South Africa was 45-5 in the 17th over at the fall of Elgar's wicket.
Earlier, legspinner Imran Tahir finished with 4-48 and offspinner Simon Harmer with 4-61 as India lost its last eight wickets for 39 runs.
India lost both overnight batsmen in the space of eight deliveries and the visiting team suddenly had a spring in their steps.
Captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for 29 by Van Zyl as he went for a drive but edged the ball for wicketkeeper Dane Vilas to take a fine catch standing up to the stumps.
It ended a useful 66-run partnership and Cheteshwar Pujara too fell as leg-spinner Imran Tahir struck with his first delivery of the day. Pujara compiled 77 with one six and six fours and was caught by Hashim Amla at slip.
Ajinkya Rahane fell cheaply as India slipped from 161-2 to 164-5. Substitute Temba Bavuma took a fine catch at forward short-leg to give offspinner Simon Harmer his first wicket of the innings and the pressure was suddenly on the Indian batsmen.
Harmer trapped Jadeja leg-before wicket and then Mishra went for a pull shot but was caught at square-leg and the batsmen to follow could do little.