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Javagal Srinath's top 5 bowling spells in Tests

Santosh Kumar
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#2 Nemesis of South Africa (1996)

nnihilating South Africans at Ahmedabad, 1996
Srinath annihilated the South Africans at Ahmedabad in 1996

South Africa were greeted with a dust bowl in their first Test at Ahmedabad in 1996, on a pitch where batsmen struggled India conceded a lead of 21 runs in the first innings. Batting in their second dig, India could only make 190 as Allan Donald and Paul Adams captured critical wickets to derail the innings.

Defending a mere 169, India needed early inspiration which was duly delivered by Srinath in the very first over of the innings when he dismissed Andrew Hudson and Daryl Cullinan for ducks.

Needing a further 73 runs for victory with 6 wickets in hand, Srinath extinguished any hopes of a surprise result in a display of high-class reverse swing bowling. He demolished the middle and lower order to capture 6 wickets for 21 runs, sending South Africa crashing down to 105 all out.

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