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Team India’s experienced spinner R Ashwin created history by dismissing Keegan Pietersen LBW on the third day of the Johannesburg Test between India and South Africa. He gave India the second success. Pietersen returned to the pavilion after scoring 28 runs. With this Ashwin has joined a special club.
Ashwin has become the second Indian spinner after Anil Kumble to take a wicket at the Johannesburg ground. Kumble has taken 17 wickets at this ground. Apart from him, no Indian spinner has been able to take wickets on this ground, but now Ashwin has done it.
Ashwin took 5 wickets in 2006
Anil Kumble last took a wicket here in 2006. Kumble, popularly known as Jumbo, took 2 wickets for 2 runs in 2 overs in the first innings of the match between India and South Africa played in 2006. At the same time, 3 wickets came in Kumble’s account in the second innings. Team India won this match by 123 runs.
This was Team India’s first win on African soil. If we talk about the overall record, before Ashwin in 2019, Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan took a wicket at this ground.
Team India players celebrate after winning the Johannesburg Test in 2006.
Johannesburg Test turns exciting
On the third day of the Johannesburg Test at stumps, South Africa made 118 runs for the loss of 2 wickets while chasing a target of 240 runs. Captain Dean Elgar (46) and Raisie van der Dussen (11) are unbeaten.
Aiden Markram 31 and Keegan Pietersen were out for 28. There are still two days left in the match and the African team has to score 122 runs to win the match. At the same time, Team India needs 8 wickets.
Ashwin has become the first spinner to take a wicket in this test. South African spin bowler Keshav Maharaj could not get a single wicket in both the innings of India.