Resuming the third day at 32/2, South Africa were bowled out for 185 in their second innings while chasing a target of 310 runs. India had won the first Test at Mohali while the second Test in Bengaluru was washed out due to heavy

rain. This was South Africa's first series defeat on foreign soil in nine years, a period which included 15 trips away from home. Ashwin was the star of the show, claiming figures of 7/66 in the second innings. The Tamil Nadu spinner,

who had five scalps in the first innings, took home the Man of the Match award with a match haul of 12 wickets. Ashwin is the now the highest wicket-taker of 2015 with 55 scalps in his kitty, ahead of England pacer Stuart Broad

(51). The last time an Indian bowler had taken 50 or more Test wickets in a year was in 2008 when off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took 53.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3/51) also made merry on the crumbling pitch, picking up three wickets, including the crucial ones of South African skipper Hashim Amla and Faf du Plesis. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also troubled the Proteas batsmen, although he did not claim a wicket in the second innings.

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