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India won the Mohali Test rather comprehensively, inside three days on a spinning track.

As mentioned in the preview to the Mohali Test, the pitch was more in focus than the players. India got the surface that they wanted, but what remained to be seen was whether the hosts could exploit the conditions provided to them. In the recent past,

That the Mohali Test was going to last under three days was almost a foregone conclusion after the opening day’s play. What remained to be seen was which team had the resources to exploit the conditions

Ravindra Jadeja made a memorable comeback to Test cricket with a five-wicket haul as India relied on the spinners to fashion a resounding 108-run victory against South Africa in the low-scoring first match to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

In the preview to the series, the South Africans had candidly admitted that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin would be their biggest threat.

After much hullabaloo, India got what they wanted -- a pitch that turned square from day 1; a surface that allegedly hadn't been watered properly so that it breaks up quickly.