The designer Nagpur pitch came to its elements on the second day as South African batsmen could not cope with the speed, spin and bounce of the pitch. Starting the day on 11 for 2 and Ashwin struck in the very first over to remove Elgar. His second over of the wicket produced Amla’s wicket but the biggest catch for Indians came when Ravindra Jadeja caught and bowled the in form AB De Villiers for a duck.
Duminy fought hard for his 35 and hit couple of lusty sizes off Jadeja’s bowling but none of the other batsmen provided him support. Finally SA was all out for 79 conceding 136 run lead. This is also the lowest total by any team against India. Previous lowest was by 82 by Sri Lanka in 1990. Ashwin picked up 5 for 33 and Jajdeja 4 for 32. Amit Mishra took the wicket of J P Duminy.
In the second Innings, India’s batting ended quickly due to some disciplined bowling from South African bowlers and a deteriorating pitch. Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara provided quick early bursts and got 39 and 31 respectively. Towards the end of the innings Amit Mishra added 14 quick runs. Indian second innings ended at 173 with a lead of 309. Imran Tahir bagged 5 wickets and Morne Morkel scalped 3.
Chasing a 310 run target, South Africa lost opener Van Zyl and night watchman Imran Tahir. They still trail by 278 with 8 wickets in hand. Under the conditions, there has to be an inspiring innings from one of the batsmen if South Africa wants to get a sniff of the target.