India vs South Africa: Ashwin scalps 350 Test wickets, equals Muralitharan's record
Visakhapatnam | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday got his 350th wicket in Test cricket when he dismissed Theunis de Bruyn in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.
With this, Ashwin became the joint-fastest to take 350 wickets, matching Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan's feat in his 66th Test.
Ashwin castled Theunis de Bruyn with one that turned back sharply from wide outside the off-stump for his milestone wicket on the fifth day of the first Test in Visakhapatnam.
It took just five balls for India’s premier off-spinner to provide the first breakthrough to the team in the first session of day 5. Ashwin has now answered his critics with a stellar show in the first Test of the home season.
Ashwin last played a Test for India in Australia and since then hew warming the bench. He warmed the bench in the two-Test against the West Indies in August-September with Ravindra Jadeja being the preferred choice.
However, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, ahead of the first Test had said that Ashwin remains India's go-to spinner in home conditions.
Meanwhile, South Africa are left with a daunting task of drawing the first test after India set a target of 395 runs in the first Test. In the morning session, the Proteas were left for 117 for 8 after Ravindra Jadeja scalped four wickets while pacer Mohammed Shami took three.
At the break, Senuran Muthusamy (18) and Dane Piedt (32) were at the crease with South Africa still needing 278 runs with 2 wickets remaining.
On Saturday, India declared their second innings at 323-4 in 67 overs to set an improbable 395-run target for South Africa.
South Africa were 11-1 at stumps on day four.
Earlier, the Proteas were bowled out for 431 in their first innings in reply to India's 502 for seven declared.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma