Rahane and Jadeja put India in box seat in Delhi test
NEW DELHI: India rode Ajinkya Rahane's cultured century to post a series-high 334 before returning to skittle out South Africa for 121 to take full control of the fourth and final test on Friday.
Rahane (127) crafted the first century in the low-scoring series over five painstaking hours and also featured in a 98-run eighth-wicket stand, the highest in the series, with Ravichandran Ashwin (56).
Spinner all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (5-30) then orchestrated South Africa's rout in glorious sunshine at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium as the hosts thoroughly dominated the second day's play but did not enforce the follow-on.
India paceman Umesh Yadav dismissed Dean Elgar (17) to draw first blood but it was Jadeja's triple strike soon after the tea break which completely unhinged the visitors.
Temba Bavuma (20) dragged a Jadeja delivery onto his stumps, Hashim Amla (three) fell after his 34-ball ordeal and Faf du Plessis recorded his third duck of the series after playing an outrageous scoop shot.
The number five fell to a soft dismissal, driving Tahir to AB de Villiers at cover to depart after crafting a stellar knock over five hours with the help of four sixes and 11 boundaries.
Ashwin, currently the leading wicket-taker in the series, hit Tahir for a six to bring up his sixth test fifty to prove he was no dud with the bat either.
Abbott dismissed Ashwin and Ishant Sharma in three deliveries to finish with 5-40 but the visitors could not stop India from posting the first 300-plus score in the series.