BANGALORE, India (AP):India were comfortably placed at 80-0 at stumps yesterday after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin helped skittle out South Africa for 214 on the opening day of the second cricket Test.At the close, Shikhar Dhawan was batting on 45 and Murali Vijay on 28 as India looked on track to gain the first-innings lead on a pitch aiding turn. India, which won the opening Test of the four-game series by 108 runs at Mohali, trailed by 134 runs.Left-hander Dhawan put behind him his pair of ducks in the opening Test as he struck seven fours. Vijay, who was dropped on 21 by Imran Tahir at square leg off Morne Morkel, had hit five fours.Earlier, the South African batsmen struggled against slow bowling as left-arm spinner Jadeja grabbed 4-50 and offspinner Ashwin 4-70.AB de Villiers led the resistance with 85, but failed to build partnerships.”There was not much for us in the pitch, but we bowled well,” Ashwin said. “AB de Villiers is a world-class batsman and played his strokes, but I thought he was a bit edgy today. We were in control, with wickets falling regularly at the other end.”Ashwin got the initial wickets to justify captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl, while Jadeja took charge later. Ashwin and Jadeja had finished with eight wickets each at Mohali and seemed to intimidate most of the batsmen from early on.The pace bowlers could not get early wickets, but Ashwin removed opener Stiaan van Zyl and Faf du Plessis in quick succession in the eighth over as South Africa tottered at 15-2. Ashwin also dismissed Jean-Paul Duminy and Morkel, both of whom returned for the match after missing the first Test due to injuries.Jadeja’s first wicket was that of Dean Elgar immediately after lunch as the left-hander went for a sweep, only to glove it on to the stumps after making a fighting 38. Jadeja also took a sharp return catch to dismiss Dane Vilas and then the key wicket of de Villiers, who was caught by a fine diving effort by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Kagiso Rabada also fell to Jadeja, caught in the close cordon.”The pitch was fine, but we did not play well,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. “There were too many soft dismissals. At the moment, we are too far behind in the game, but 6-7 wickets can fall in a session here, and the game can change fast.”
In a bid to raise awareness about safer driving and road use, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) officials and students turned out in their numbers on Friday last to participate in a grand rally organised by the Regional Road Safety Association (RSA) in partnership with the Regional Traffic Department.Students turned out in their numbers for the road safety rally on FridayThe event was organised as part of the 18th National Road Safety Week observances, which ended on Saturday under the theme, “Accidents can be deadly, use the roads safely. Drive defensively and stay alive”.The rally commenced at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) Ground and culminated at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Ground. During the march, students chanted slogans and carried placards highlighting the importance of road safety and risks taken by drivers which often lead to fatal accidents.Delivering the feature address, Regional Chairman Renis Morian admonished the students to make road safety a way of life as he urged them to utilise the roads correctly.Police ranks educating students at the rally about the various equipment in the Traffic DepartmentTraffic Inspector Sherwin Henry told the gathering that the Regional Police Department currently had road safety campaigns ongoing in an effort to minimise fatal accidents as he pointed out several road safety violations detected within the Region.“The Traffic Department is running campaigns on speeding and drunk driving … We also have vehicles travelling at night without taillights. There are other obstructions and acts of lawlessness.“We are dealing with those situations and we are curbing those situations with those drivers who are using the road in a dangerous and careless manner,” Inspector Henry pointed out.The Traffic Inspector noted that it was the hope of the Traffic Department and the Region 10 RSA to see all road users use the roadways in a proper and safe manner.“Pedestrians, use the sidewalks and pedestrian crossing. Drivers must drive within the speed limit. Always look out for defaulting drivers, pedestrians who perhaps might be defaulting. Give proper signals, give timely signals so that other drivers will be able to know your intention,” he urged.Region 10 RSA Chairman Vernon Todd noted that the concerns were not only to reduce road deaths but to also reduce all accidents as he pointed out that even injuries could have long-lasting consequences.“Injuries can lead to pressures on home life and the public healthcare system. You may be in an accident and not die but be injured for years.“We need the people to work with us. The Police can’t do it alone, the Association or the Council can’t do it alone, the insurance companies can’t do it alone. Each and every single one of us has to take up the responsibility”, Todd said.He also highlighted numerous activities conducted within the Region in recognition of Road Safety Week. These include painting of pedestrian crossings, the ‘White Night’ campaign, a driver symposium, exhibitions and hamper distributions.