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2015 Top 15 Moments: No. 7 – Ashwin’s brilliance ends South Africa’s streak

South Africa, the Number 1-ranked Test team, lost its first away series since 2006 when an inspired Indian outfit led by Virat Kohli registered a stirring 3-0 triumph

2015 Top 15 Moments: No. 7 – Ashwin’s brilliance ends South Africa’s streak - Cricket News
R Ashwin was the Man of the Series with 31 wickets.

South Africa, the No. 1-ranked Test team, had not lost an away series since 2006 until its visit to India in the second half of 2015.

Led by Virat Kohli and an inspired series performance from R Ashwin, India broke South Africa’s dominance with a stirring 3-0 victory in the four-match exchange.

The nine-year-long streak was snapped during the third Test in Nagpur. Ashwin claimed a match haul 12 for 98 as India eased to a 124-run victory within three days to go 2-0 up.

India had earlier won the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs, before the second Test in Bangalore was washed out.

After India chose to bat and posted 215, Ashwin returned 5 for 32 in the first innings to restrict South Africa to 79. In its second dig, India put up 173, setting the visitors a mammoth 310 to win.

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis put on a valiant 72-run stand that spanned 46.2 overs but South Africa, despite a much-improved performance from the first innings, folded for 185 in 89.5 overs in the final session of the third day.

Ashwin was once again South Africa’s tormentor-in-chief, returning 7 for 66 to send the visitor hurtling to a series defeat.

Ashwin was adjudged Man of the Match, and India wrapped up the series 3-0 after a 337-run win in the final Test in New Delhi. He was also named Man of the Series for his 31 wickets in seven innings at a remarkable average of 11.2.

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