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04-Dec-2015 11:48:00 GMT
India v South Africa, 4th Test, Delhi, day 4

Jadeja, Rahane put India on Driver Seat

New Delhi: South Africa were bowled out for 121 off 49.3 overs in their first innings on the second day of the fourth and final Test against India in New Delhi Friday.

Ravindra Jadeja was the most successful bowler as he finished with figures of 5 for 30.

Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin too chipped in with crucial wickets to put India in command at the end of the day.

AB de Villiers was the only batsman, who looked in good touch in this innings, but he fell right at the end of day's play.

Dean Elgar was the first man to be dismissed for 17, caught behind off Yadav. Wickets started falling in a flurry after that.

Jadeja bowled his first over of the match after tea and wrecked havoc. He first got rid of Temba Bavuma for 22. He was looking good in his 55-ball innings in which he scored 22. Skipper Hashim Amla soon followed suit  for a painful 33-ball 3 and then Faf du Plessis went for a duck after he attempted a poor shot.

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Dane Vilas was the next to go after he was bowled by Ishant. He neither went forward or back and as a result his bat came down a bit late and the ball crashed into the wickets.

Abbott was the next batsman dismissed. He was trapped LBW off the bowling of Ashwin, which is his only wicket of the match so far. Jadeja then struck just before stumps to get rid of Piedt.

Stumps were drawn for the day when the last South African wicket fell amid fading light at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

The Proteas trail the hosts by 213 runs with the Indians having made 334 in their first innings, built around a fine 127-run knock by Ajinkya Rahane.

Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane struck the first century of the low-scoring series to help India post a series-high 334 in the first innings.

Rahane struck a cultured 127 and featured in a series-high 98-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin (56) before the hosts folded in the fifth over after lunch.

India resumed day two on 231-7 and Rahane, on 89 overnight, stitched a third 50-plus partnership in the match with Ashwin before bringing up his fifth test century with an immaculate straight drive past fast bowler Kyle Abbott.

It was the second career five-wicket haul for Abbott, who had picked three wickets on the opening day.

Abbot, playing his fifth Test, finished as the most successful bowler with figures of 5-40 off 24.5 overs.

An industrious batsman in a lineup teeming with strokeplayers, the 27-year-old raised his arms and looked skywards in a mixed sense of relief and elation, having failed to go past 15 in the ongoing series.

Celebration followed with Rahane launching off-spinner Dane Piedt over mid-wicket and long on for two sixes in three deliveries.

The number five fell to a soft dismissal, driving Tahir to AB de Villiers at cover to depart after crafting a stellar knock over five hours with the help of four sixes and 11 boundaries.

Ashwin, currently the leading wicket-taker in the series, hit Tahir for a six to bring up his sixth test fifty to prove he was no dud with the bat either.

Abott dismissed Ashwin and Ishant Sharma in three deliveries to finish with 5-40 but the visitors could not stop India from posting the first 300-plus score in the series.

India have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Brief scores
India -
334 (Rahane 127, Ashwin 56, Abbott 5-40, Piedt 4-117)
South Africa - 121 (de Villiers 42, Jadeja 5-30)
Status - South Africa trail by 213 runs

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