Ajinkya Rahane continued to flop at home © AFP (File photo)
Ajinkya Rahane continued to flop at home © AFP (File photo)

Ajinkya Rahane’s ordinary run at home continued as he fell for just two runs, to the specialist South African spinner Simon Harmer on the third day of the opening Test. India slipped from 161 for 2 to 164 for 5 as Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were the other two batsmen to be dismissed before Rahane. The substitute fielder in place of Dale Steyn, Temba Bavuma took another splendid catch at the short leg position, which brought an end for Rahane’s innings. India were 167 for 5 after 61 overs, with an overall lead of 188 runs in this low-scoring match at the IS Bindra Stadium at Mohali. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 1st Test at Mohali

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli resumed the play on the third day in the same manner they had left on the second, as they consolidated India’s position in the opening Test against South Africa at Mohali. India were 164 for 4 after 57.1 overs, with a lead of 181 in the second innings. Pujara was eyeing a century as he batted really well for 77, but fell to Imran Tahir, whereas Kohli fell after a cautious innings of 29 runs off 71 balls. The Indian captain fell to the part-timer Stiaan van Zyl, caught behind by Dane Vilas. Kohli added 66 runs for the third wicket to solidify India’s position. India had resumed play on the third day at 128 for two, with Pujara bringing up his seventh half-century towards the end of the second day. Live Cricket Blog, India vs South Africa 2015, 1st Test at Mohali, Day 3

According to AFP, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin battered top-ranked South Africa with a five-wicket haul to leave India in control of the bowler-dominated first Test in Mohali on Friday. India, shot out for 201 in the first innings on a dusty, dry wicket, hit back to skittle the Proteas for 184 on the second day at the I.S. Bindra stadium. The hosts went to stumps on 125 for two in their second knock to take an overall lead of 142 runs with eight wickets in hand in conditions that are tailor-made for the bowlers.