India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1: India all out for 215

Nagpur: Having elected to bat first, India were bowled out for 215 in their first innings during the post-tea session on the opening day of the third Test against South Africa in the third Test at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Wednesday.

The opener Murali Vijay top scored for India with his 40-run knock.

The hosts brought in Amit Mishra to partner Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in a three-man spin attack on a dry pitch which already has wide cracks on the surface.

India, leading 1-0 in the four-Test series, also bolstered their batting by including Rohit Sharma. Mishra and Sharma replaced all-rounder Stuart Binny and fast bowler Varun Aaron.

South Africa also strengthened their spin attack, including off-break bowler Simon Harmer in place of seamer Kyle Abbott. Harmer claimed four wickets for 78 runs and fast bowler Morne Morkel took three for 35.

Notably, the hosts lead the four-match Test series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Mohali by 108 runs. The rain-hit second Test in Bangalore was withdrawn.

Teams:

India - Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.

South Africa - Hashim Amla (captain), Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Dane Vilas, Simon Harmer, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir.


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