05-10-201905-10-2019 12:10:25 IST
2019-10-05T06:40:25.993Z05-10-2019 2019-10-05T06:40:22.993Z - - 19-02-2020
India off-spinner R Ashwin who is making a comeback to the Test team after a gap of 9 months has once again proved why he is the best option in the Indian conditions. Ashwin picked up 7 wickets in South Africa's 1st innings giving India a lead of 71 runs. Ashwin who had already picked up 5 wickets on Day-3 of the test picked up the wickets of Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj on today to bring up his tally to 7 wickets in the innings.
This is Ashwin's 27th 5-wicket haul and 5th against South Africa in Tests. The 33-year-old Tamil Nadu off-spinner who is playing his 66th test match has brought his wicket tally to 349 wickets. Ashwin now needs just one more wicket in this Test to equal Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as the fastest to get to 350 test wickets, Murali got to this landmark in his 66th test in 2001 against Bangladesh.
With South African 2nd innings yet to come, Ashwin is looking all set to equal the record. Also, Ashwin is in a great spot to comfortably beat balls taken to achieve this landmark. Murali had taken 3605.2 overs to take 250 Test wickets. Ashwin, on the other hand, has only bowled 3103 overs so far.
Ashwin with one more wicket will also be beating the Indian record of achieving fastest 350 wickets comfortably. Leg spinner and former Indian captain Anil Kumble held the record previously which he achieved in 77 tests.
Meanwhile, India has started their 2nd innings at Visakhapatnam and have extended their lead to 106 runs by lunch on Day 4. India lost Mayank Agarwal early in the innings with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease.
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