On this day ( 7th December) India registered a famous Test win at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. The hosts defeated South Africa by a record 337 runs to win a four-match series by a 3-0 margin.
On December 3, 2015, the famous Delhi Test got underway at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Indian skipper Virat Kohli winning the toss elected to bat first. The hosts didn’t get off to a good start as opener duo Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed for 12 and 33 respectively. The first wicket of the day was Vijay who was dis missed by spinner Dane Pedit for 12. The next batsman to be dismissed was Dhawan (33).
With Cheteshwar Pujara failed to make a mark captain Kohli scored 44. India was five wickets down for 138. There was a big turnaround required. Ajinkya Rahane responded to the situation well as he played one of the finest innings ever of his career. The right-hander smashed 11 boundaries and four sixes to decorate his 127 runs innings and built a 98 runs innings partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin who made a solid contribution with the bat in hand during his 56 runs innings. India was finally all out for 334. Among the South African bowler, Kyle Abbott was the stand-up bowler. The right-arm fast bowler picked up his one of the three fifers.
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When South Africa walked in to bat they were bowled out for 121 runs. The main reason behind this big collapse was left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who claimed five wickets for only 30 runs. The only batsman who made a good contribution was AB de Villers who scored 42. India got a 213 runs substantial first innings lead.
In the second innings, India added 267 runs to their first innings lead 213 and set a 481 runs stiff target for the visitors. At a rank turner, this target was more than enough. For the second time in the match, Rahane scored his hundred and become the only Indian batsman to score a century in each innings of a match against South Africa. While Rahane scored 100 captain Kohli scored 88. India lost just five wickets for 267 runs. With 480 runs target has been given to South Africa, who have a very good batting line up, a victory for India in two days was just a matter of time.
South Africa adopted a negative mindset of blocking deliveries
But, to everyone’s surprise, South Africa came up with a negative mindset to draw the match by blocking the ball and ball and playing the session after the session. From third-day launch, South Africa batted for record 15 hours before they succumbed to a massive 334 runs defeat to the Indians.
First was Temba Bavuma who batted for 153 minutes. The same strategy was taken by Hashim Amla and AB de Villers who batted for five hours and six hours respectively to save the match. The last man who batted more than one hour was Faf du Plessis (120 minutes). They batted for 143 overs and scored 143 runs at an average of 00.99.
Their bid to defend the Test was ruined when Hashim Amla was dismissed for 43 by Ravindra Jadeja. Later, AB de Villers was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. The reason behind South Africa’s collapse was wrecker-in-chief Ashwin who picked up five wickets to gift India a massive 337 runs victory.