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Ashwin, Jadeja strike after India puts up 215

South Africa ends Day 1 at 11/2 after host fights back following middle-order wobble

Ashwin, Jadeja strike after India puts up 215 - Cricket News
Simon Harmer celebrates a wicket.
Spinners were in charge once again as 12 wickets fell on Wednesday (November 25), the first day of the third Test between India and South Africa in Nagpur. At the end of the exchanges, India had the slight edge, with South Africa 11 for 2 after India was bowled out for 215. 
South Africa's innings started on the wrong foot as Stiaan van Zyl edged R Ashwin to Ajinkya Rahane at slip – the fourth time the batsman has fallen to the same bowler this series. South Africa then sent Imran Tahir in as a nightwatchman but he could do little as Ravindra Jadeja went through his defence.
Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla saw out the rest of the day.
Earlier, Morne Morkel and Simon Harmer shared seven wickets between them as India's batsmen struggled to get any sort of momentum going. A number of batsmen got starts but none could convert them into even a half-century on a pitch that had turn and variable bounce.
South Africa also had another injury concern as Morkel, who accounted for M Vijay, Rahane and Virat Kohli, limped off the ground after bowling the first ball of his 17th over. The nature of his niggle was not known, but he was sensational through all his spells as he finished with figures of 16.1-7-35-3. 
Morkel made the most impact in his third spell of 4-2-8-2 in the post-lunch session. He had set up Rahane with an away going ball outside off stump – a delivery that caught the batsman’s edge but fell short of Amla at first slip. The follow-up delivery was a sharp inswinger that clipped Rahane’s pads before going on to hit the stumps.

In Morkel’s next over, Kohli was iffy with his footwork to a good -length delivery and poked it to Dane Vilas behind the stumps. Earlier, shortly before lunch, Vijay had been squared up with a late outswinger to be trapped lbw after having made a steady 40.
Like Morkel, Harmer too had a good outing as he returned figures of 4 for 78.
Bowling from around the wicket after lunch, Harmer got one to turn sharply. Not expecting the ball to deviate so much off the surface, Cheteshwar Pujara offered a straight bat down the wrong line and was lbw. Harmer struck again when AB de Villiers accepted Rohit Sharma’s inside edge at leg slip.
Wriddhiman Saha was determined to rally the tail around him before JP Duminy dived at short midwicket to pull off a splendid catch and give Harmer his third wicket, but not after Saha (32 in 106 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (34 in 54 balls), had revived the Indian innings with a 48-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Jadeja became Kagiso Rabada’s only victim, while Imran Tahir deceived R Ashwin with a googly for his only spot of success, and Harmer brought an end to the proceedings when Amit Mishra was leg before.
In the morning, Dean Elgar, who was among the wickets in the first Test in Mohali too, got Shikhar Dhawan to chip a return catch. Dhawan had ended the rain-hit Bangalore Test unbeaten on 45, but he managed just 12 this time around.
Pujara had taken the attack to Tahir, which prompted Hashim Amla to bring back Morkel for his second spell and that resulted in the wicket of Vijay.
South Africa needs to win or draw this game to remain alive in the series, being down 1-0 after a loss inside three days in Mohali was followed by a rained-out draw in Bangalore.

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