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S/Africa as his
CENTURION---India's last visit to
South Africa brings back tough
memories for spin bowler Ravi-
chandran Ashwin. It was also the
turning point in his career.
Now with over 300 Twest
wickets, it's hard to believe that
Ashwin wasn't good enough for
India just four years ago.
India was in position for a rare
victory in South Africa in the
opening test in Johannesburg
in December 2013. Chasing 458,
South Africa had its back against
the wall and had to survive the
last day on a deteriorating pitch
at the Wanderers. The ideal situ-
ation for a spinner.
Except that Ashwin produced
the hugely disappointing igures
of 0 83 off 36 overs as South Af-
rica claimed a draw, and nearly
won. He was dropped from the
That Test, though, gave Ashwin
the push he needed to work on his
game, and especially to develop the
variation that leading spin bowlers must
have in modern cricket since Muttiah Muralitharan
and Shane Warne set the standard.
It worked. He's been one of the
top spinners in world cricket over
the last two, three years.
So, amid the battle between
top-ranked India and No. 2
South Africa in the second
test at Centurion on Satur-
day, there was some per-
sonal vindication for Ashwin
with his 3 90, something to
replace those Wander-
South Africa v India Day 1
S. Africa throws
CENTURION---After toiling for 2 1/2 sessions, India was suddenly on
top in the second Test as South Africa threw away wickets at the
end of day one yesterday.
Hashim Amla's run out on 82 started the late slide as South Af-
rica went from the comfort of 246 3 to 269 6 in the last 10 overs
Vernon Philander also ran himself out for 0. In between those
two dismissals, Quinton de Kock was out irst ball off spinner Rav-
Ashwin was India's best bowler with 3 90 as the seam attack
struggled for most of the day on a surprisingly slow and lifeless
pitch at SuperSport Park.
The late drama, though, and South Africa's careless end to the
day gave India a way back into the Test and possibly the three-
match series after going 1 0 down in Cape Town
and starting the game in Centurion on the
Opener Aiden Markram made 94 as South
Africa put together partnerships of 85, 63 and
51 for the irst three wickets to control most of
the day. de Kock edged Ashwin to India cap-
tain Virat Kohli at slip, with Kohli setting off
on a vigorous celebration that took him right
to the other end of the pitch.
Philander's run out in the next over came
as he set off for a run as the ball looped into
the air and dropped between three India
ielders. South Africa captain Faf du Ples-
sis Du Plessis held his team together until
stumps and was 24 not out. Keshav Maharaj
was with him on 10 not out but South Africa
had only tailenders left to come on a pitch
where they would have been targeting a score
of 400 plus after that start.
South Africa 269-6 in 90 overs (Aiden Markram 94,
Hashim Amla 82; Ravichandran Ashwin 3-90).
Kiwis beat Pakistan by 183 runs
DUNEDIN---Trent Boult took 5 17 as New Zealand bowled out Pa-
kistan for 74 yesterday to win the third one-day international by 183
runs and take a winning 3 0 lead in the ive-match series.
Boult took three wickets in the irst four overs to leave the tour-
ists three wickets down for two runs. At 16 6 in the 15th over, Pa-
kistan was in danger of being bowled out for the lowest score in
the history of one-day internationals --- Zimbabwe's 35 against Sri
Lanka in 2004.
The tourists escaped that ignominy with an unbeaten 14 from
captain Sarfraz Ahmed and scores of 14 and 16 by tailenders Mo-
hammad Amir and Rumman Raees.
A French-cut four by Amir from the bowling of Lockie Ferguson
took Pakistan past the dreaded total of 35, then Sarfraz managed
to guide his team beyond Pakistan's lowest-ever one-day total of 43
against the West Indies in 1993.
India's captain Virat Kohli, foreground right, reacts after making a
catch to dismiss South Africa's batsman Quinton de Kock' middle, for
a duck during the first day of the second Test at Centurion Park in
Pretoria, South Africa, yesterday.
PICTURE AP/THEMBA HADEBE
India's bowler Ravichandran Ashwin, right, watches his
delivery as umpire Michael Gough of England looks on during
the first day of the second cricket test match between South
Africa and India at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa,
PICTURE AP/THEMBA HADEBE
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