Ravichandran Ashwin continues to rule the roost vs Faf du Plessis, dismisses him for record 5th time

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Author 2019-10-13 15:01:18

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India's ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin continued to hold an edge over South African skipper Faf du Plessis in the longer format of the game. After being asked to follow-on on Day 4 of the second and penultimate Test in Pune, Proteas were tottering at 21 for 2 before a promising third-wicket stand between skipper du Plessis and Dean Elgar was broken by Ashwin. Hence, the 33-year-old got the better of the right-hander for the record fifth time in whites; third time in the ongoing series.

This became the most du Plessis has been dismissed by a bowler in the red-ball format. Earlier, du Plessis had fallen to Ashwin's spin in South Africa's first essay on Saturday after battling out for quite some time enroute a fine 64. Thus, it is safe to claim the South African is Ashwin's bunny in the purest format.

Talking about Day 4, India started the day by enforcing the follow-on on South Africa. This not only became the first instance of follow-on being provided by India versus South Africa in Test history but it also the first where the Proteas were asked to follow-on since 2008.

Back in 2008, England had enforced the follow-on on the South African side, who were on a roll as tourists during that phase. Trailing England by 346 runs, the Proteas rectified their flaws from the first innings and went onto draw the contest at the Mecca of Cricket.

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However, Proteas' miseries continued after being asked to follow-on on Sunday (October 13). On the second ball of the penultimate day, the visitors lost opener Aiden Markram for his second duck in the contest. Thus, he attained a dubious record of registering a pair. He joined the likes of Gary Kirsten and Herschelle Gibbs among South African openers to have a pair since the side's readmission.

Du Plessis and Elgar joined hands at 21 for 2 and seemed in control of proceedings till Ashwin's breakthrough. The off-spinner's delivery dipped and turned to take the slightest of edges and was caught by Wriddhiman Saha after several attempts.

At the time of publishing this report, South Africa lost half their side as Quinton de Kock went for 5 in a bid to clear the in-field off Ravindra Jadeja.

India are, thus, five scalps away from a series win in Pune.

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