Sir Ravindra Jadeja spins a web, claims fifer vs South Africa at Durban

Ravindra Jadeja's spin became India's main weapon at Kingsmead as he recorded his career-best figures of six for 138.

updated: December 29, 2013 19:50 IST
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Ravindra Jadeja may have failed with the bat a day earlier, but on Day 4 on Sunday, he claimed his second fifer in only six Tests to dent South Africa's 1st innings chase against India. His best figures of 5/58 came against Australia earlier this year in New Delhi.

Jadeja - an all-rounder whose spin bowling has helped his team more than his batting in the recent past - broke solid partnerships with nagging persistence on Day 3 of the Durban Test. Brought into the attack early on, skipper MS Dhoni made the 25-year-old bowl long spells in an effort which was repeatedly rewarded. His first victim Graeme Smith, for instance, charged down the track but clearly mis-judged the turn as he skied the ball to Shikhar Dhawan, who took good catch in the deep. (Live updates)

Jadeja's next two victims - with a combined Test experience of 167 matches - also failed to negotiate the turn. While Alviro Petersen was duped by a delivery that, both, spun and bounced enough to kiss his bat's upper edge and carry to first slip, a well-set AB de Villiers (74) was outfoxed by a ball that turned inwards from his left leg, resulting in a similar dismissal to Petersen's. JP Duminy on the other hand, overestimated the spin and was trapped LBW by a ball with dart-like trajectory.

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