After the shocking and unexpected home loss in T20 and ODI series, ‘Team India’ badly need to win this test series to regain their respect as well as to improve their ranking in test.
Well, today they put their first step to win this series.
India 201/10, 200/10.
South Africa 184/10, 109/10.
Man of the match: Ravindra Jadeja
In the end, it was a happy day for the Indian Cricket team. They won by 108 runs and Ravindra Jadeja took the Man of the Match award in his pocket with his excellent bowling performances, especially in the second innings. Also, it will be very unfair to tell nothing about Ravichandran Ashwin. He is another builder of this win.
Looking at the score line you can easily understand that batsman had nothing to do in this wicket. Doen’t matter the ball is new or not, doesn’t matter it’s first day or fifth – you can get turn each and everywhere from this pitch. Today the end side of the pitch looks like a clay road in the village. Generally Mohali pitch have always something for fast bowlers but this time curator made heaven for the spinner. Was it the order of Ravi and co.?
After the match, the star of the game, Jadeja said, “Obviously the performances in the domestic circuit helped as I played on turning tracks in Rajkot. I scored three fifties on those tracks as well, so it helped me a lot. I did all the hard work. This was the comeback game for me so I was just trying to play positive cricket. I am very happy that I did well.”
Virat Kohli’s captaincy and performance were under scrutiny as well and he was relieved with the win.
“It feels great to win the first game as captain at home. It’s a young team, this win was important for us. I think the team deserves a lot of credit. I was pretty confident of our bowlers.”
Kohli added, “We thought, if we are finding it difficult, then it is going to be tough for them as well. I think this was more a bowler’s game. The spinners stood out. “
The South African captain, Hashim Amla, gave all the credits to India.
“I think 200 was a chasable total, but 150 would have been a bit more realistic. There were a few soft dismissal during the chase, credit to India, they played well. We lost 4-5 wickets and put pressure on the lower-order. I am extremely proud of the way the boys performed. Batting first was easy and we did well to restrict India to 201.”
So this is only the first test and the series is not yet over. This South Africa team has enough capability to fight back even if it’s in sub continent. See you all in second est.