Ashwin puts India on top as South Africa follow-on
Richard B. Tellewoyan
Oct. 13, 2019
India's bowlers were on top of their game once again as they continued their domination over the South African batsmen to eventually edge closer to a series win. Having fetched a lead of 326 runs by stumps on day three, India decided to enforce the follow on following a good night's rest for their five frontline bowlers. The decision was vindicated very early when Ishant Sharma struck second ball to send Aiden Markram back to the pavilion.
India had a slice of luck with the dismissal as replays suggested that the ball would have missed the stumps. Markram, who had a long chat with Dean Elgar regarding the possibility of a review, ran out of time and had to take the long walk back. Umesh Yadav then troubled Theunis de Bruyn with outswingers in the second over and managed to find the outside edge as well which was shelled by Virat Kohli at slips.
De Bruyn, however, couldn't make use of the reprieve as he fell to an ordinary delivery just three overs later. Umesh bowled one down the leg side and that batsman got an edge in his attempt to guide it fine and Wriddhimann Saha took an excellent one-handed catch diving to his left. Faf du Plessis then promoted himself above Temba Bavuma and South Africa had to rely a lot on this experienced duo to bail them out of trouble.
Elgar looked confident and took three boundaries of one Mohammed Shami over and du Plessis at the other end looked to just block in his attempt to repeat one of his heroic efforts many years ago. He went on to survive a review against Ravichandran Ashwin but the offspinner eventually got his man a few minutes before the lunch break. The ball took the edge once again and Saha this time fluffed his catch before redeeming himself to take it after juggling it multiple times.
The visitors were then handed another massive blow just one over before the lunch break when Ashwin struck again. This time, Elgar looked to take on the 33-year-old but couldn't connect it cleanly as Umesh took a nice running catch to put South Africa under the pump. With the top four gone, 2-0 doesn't look very far away.
Brief scores: South Africa 275 & 74/4 f/o (Dean Elgar 48; Ravichandran Ashwin 2-8) trail India 601/5d (Virat Kohli 254*) by 252 runs.
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