About the Match
India registered an emphatic comeback in the series against South Africa by winning the first test by a thumping 108 runs; the hosts lead the 4-match test series 1-0 and will look ahead to repeating their performance in the 2nd Test at Bangalore starting from 14th November. South Africa were bundled out by the Indian spinners and will be eager to make amends in the upcoming contest at Bangalore; pitch concerns and weather may play a crucial role but both teams are geared up with their armoury to come out all guns blazing over the weekend.
Ravindra Jadeja took an 8-wicket haul on his return to the test side, taking the team to imminent victory in the first test at Mohali; he bowled superbly and along with Ashwin, reduced the opposition to 10-3 within the first four overs. With a figure of 5-21 in the second innings and an economy of less than 2 runs per over, Jadeja has surely made himself a vital asset for the bowling squad.
Ashwin also took 8 scalps in total, claiming 5-51 in 24 overs to demolish the Protean batting line-up in the first innings and coming back with 3 more to seal the match. The spin duo along with Mishra, who took 3 wickets and the speedsters Yadav and Aaron can definitely make things difficult for the visitors again at Bangalore.
The batting has been of concern, although Vijay and Pujara did try to build the foundation with a 63-run partnership but the rest of them fell like a pack of cards, leading to only 201 runs on the table in the first innings. Jadeja contributed with 38 runs and is in good form but the others like Dhawan, who was duck-out both times, need to pull up their socks. Kohli, Rahane and Saha must try to keep the scoreboard ticking, and execute the plan to perfection in the upcoming game.
It was a dismal effort by the top order batsmen as they were down to 60-6 in the 2nd innings during the chase for 218 runs when Stiaan van Zyl came in and added 42 runs along with Simon Harmer. However, the damage was already done and nothing could save them from the humiliating loss; batsmen like Amla, Faf du Plessis and the invincible AB de Villiers failed to read the spin bowlers and fell easy prey.
Imran Tahir with a 6-wicket haul looks very promising provided the pitch supports his style of bowling; Harmer supported with his off-break very well by taking a total of 5 scalps. Paceman Morkel, who will be back after injury, along with Vernon Philander and Rabada definitely will be watchful of the hosts whereas Elgar provides great variety to the attack.
JP Duminy will be included in the next match and with his all-rounder skills, could prove to be a strong pillar for the team. Overall, they are motivated to do better here and must focus on their strengths and a good strategy.
South Africa will regroup and come back with a strong game plan against the Indian spinners; however, India has received a major morale boost with the first test win and look well placed to continue with their winning momentum