South Africa vs India Highlights Today, India tour of South Africa 2024 2nd Test, Newlands, Cape Town, Thursday 4-1-2024.
On a wild first day
in Cape Town, as many as 23 wickets fell, including an unprecedented collapse of 6 for 0. It was the first time a side had lost six wickets for 0 runs in 2522 Tests. In the afternoon session, India set an unwelcome record when they responded to South Africa’s 55 all out by going from 153 for 4 to 153 all out in 11 balls.
Even with that collapse, India led the way on a pitch at Newlands that offered lots of seam movement and inconsistent bounce throughout day. The batsmen found it incredibly tough to bat. Especially when the bowlers forced them to play a shot, as even the old(ish) ball misbehaved off the pitch. In Test cricket this century, a day’s worth of wickets has only fallen once.
That was Cape Town on that particular day.
Following Australia’s Jack Barrett, Dean Elgar became the second player to be dismissed twice on the same day of his final Test match. In 1890, Barrett took his last test.
Elgar chose to bat
and in the first innings, South Africa went out of the game in 23.2 overs when Mohammed Siraj bowled him off an inside edge for four runs. In a single session, Siraj’s new-ball spell of 9-3-15-6 dismissed South Africa for 55, the lowest score ever against India in Test cricket. Then, it took fewer than ten overs for India to grab the lead, with Rohit Sharma cruising at a run-a-ball during the opening exchanges. But Lungi Ngidi’s triple-strike set off a late collapse that forced South Africa back into the contest.
The first batsman out of the game, Aiden Markram, then made it through 51 balls in South Africa’s second innings to get his team even closer to par. However, India still hold a sizable advantage of 36, which looks even larger from this angle.
In their opening innings, South Africa played only 55 strokes that they could not control. At 55, they were knocked out. That indicates that one error out of every five has a high cost.
India was the same. Fifty percent of the shots they made were not under their control. once more at a ratio of one in five. Over the course of three innings, there were just seven double-digit scores. This Thursday’s match might be the shortest Test ever if it concludes in less than 34.1 overs.
Siraj was the one who ignited the chaos by hitting the ideal length and the outer boundaries. Despite having an equally sharp new-ball stint in Centurion. Siraj’s debut Test was marred by bad luck and a lack of wickets. Saying that it was just lucky for Siraj to be in Cape Town, however, would be a disgrace to his abilities.
With a middle-and-leg line that included a deepish short leg and leg slip in place. Siraj trapped Elgar and Tony de Zorzi as he probed away around off stump, or outside off, against the right-handers. He hung one up outside off after bringing the stumps and the close-in catchers into play. After taking a swing at the ball with his hands, Elgar chopped it back onto his own stumps. Siraj had de Zorzi catch him down the leg side by KL Rahul after he had him flaccidly fend off the short leg.
In Cape Town
however, it was David Bedingham’s dismissal that caused a sensation. Siraj put one on a length and outside off, and it blasted into Bedingham’s glove with such viciousness that it went to third slip. In the twentieth over, Mukesh Kumar, who was selected to replace Shardul Thakur, entered the assault and took care of the tail.
Then, Rohit launched an offensive against Ngidi and Nandre Burger, who lacked Kagiso Rabada’s accuracy with the new ball. Ngidi bowled like he was playing his first first-class match in almost a year during his opening stint, consistently producing floating half-volleys. Before he brought his length back and struck Rohit’s bat’s shoulder, Burger also erred by being too full. In addition, Burger got rid of Shreyas Iyer (0) and Shubman Gill (36) to allow a duck to depart India at 110 for 4.
However, Virat Kohli appeared at ease in the middle and kept making his shots, particularly the drives. Then, Ngidi came back on the attack and bowled with all of his might, running in quickly and striking the deck with even more force. He dismissed all of Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah, who replaced Thakur at No. 8, in the 34th over. It was simply impossible to deal with the large seam movement and inconsistent bounce. A part of that 6 for 0 collapse was Kohli himself.
On a mind-blowing day, though, India’s hitters had done enough to put their team ahead.
Toss: South Africa chose to bat.
South Africa team: Elgar, Markram, de Zorzi, Stubbs, Bedingham, Verreynne, Jansen, Maharaj, Rabada, Burger. Ngidi.
India team: Rohit, Jaiswal, Gill, Kohli, Iyer, Rahul, Jadeja, Bumrah, Siraj, Prasidh, Mukesh.
Head to Head In Test’s: 43
South Africa Won: 18
India Won: 15
South Africa Test Rankings: 4th
India Test Rankings: 1st
(last five completed Test’s, most recent first)
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Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 10:00 AM Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Langton Rusere
TV Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Lubabalo Gcuma
Match number – Test no. 2522
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India leveled the two-match series 1-1 on the second day of the second Test in Cape Town thanks to a seven-wicket victory led by Jasprit Bumrah’s 6 for 61. Just one hour after lunch, India managed to chase down the necessary 79 runs after South Africa was knocked out for 176 in their second innings. This Test produced the shortest result ever, lasting only 107 overs. Additionally, it was India’s first victory in seven Tests at Newlands. The Player of the Match was Mohammed Siraj, who took six wickets in the first innings to restrict South Africa to 55 runs.
Prior to everything, though, Aiden Markram amassed an incredible hundred, hitting 106 off 103 balls. For the first time in Test history, a batsman got 100 without any of his teammates reaching 20 in either innings; South Africa’s next best score came from Kyle Verreynne, who hit 15 in the opening innings. Sadly, it was a losing effort for both Markram and interim skipper Dean Elgar, who announces his retirement following this Test.
The day didn’t get off to a fantastic start for South Africa. They lost a wicket in the first over of play, having resumed at 62 for 3. In an attempt to start off strong, David Bedingham opted for an on-the-up drive against Bumrah, but he was able to edge it to the wicketkeeper. Verreynne was also short lived. He skied one towards mid-on, where Mohammed Siraj made the catch, in an attempt to pull Bumrah. When Bumrah caught Keshav Maharaj at the gully, he finished with a five-for, making South Africa 111 for 7.
Markram appeared to be in a completely different league and produced some incredible plays on this dangerous field. 47 of his 106 runs were scored in the region bounded by extra cover and backward point. He used the cover drive whenever the seamers from India pitched the ball a little bit too much. He got on top of the bounce when it was on the shorter side and smashed it through cover-point, forcing India to set up a sweeper cover.
It took Markram only 31 balls to hit his seventh Test hundred after he reached his fifty off 68 balls. On the way, he hit two sixes and two fours in a 20-run over against Prasidh Krishna. For the eighth wicket, he and Kagiso Rabada shared 51 runs; Rabada chipped up with two. Additionally, he was fortunate enough to be dropped off Bumrah on 73 by KL Rahul. At last, Siraj was the one to send Markram back as the batter holed out to long-off while attempting yet another huge hit. The next over saw Rabada fall, and the innings was over after 14 runs.
To give South Africa no chance, Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal knew they had to strike first. The middle of the bat did not produce many shots, but when Nandre Burger replaced Jaiswal, they had added 44 runs in 5.4 overs. Jaiswal fell while attempting to pull a short ball, causing his pad to brush the stumps. The bails did not come off, but he was square leg, caught deep-backward. Before Shreyas Iyer scored the game-winning four, Virat Kohli was caught down the leg side and Shubman Gill fell victim to a low bounce.
Post Match Presentation
Tough one for us. We were positive coming into the game, but the first innings with the bat…India bowled well and used the conditions to a T. In a day, it’s a draw, but 2-nil would’ve been nice. Yeah, it was a bit of a ripper. In a naked eye, it looked a nice one, but it played different to what everyone thought it would play. Big learning curve for playing here. Still don’t regret my decision to bat first but they outskilled us in the first session.
Obviously a great feat, but having said that we have to learn from whatever mistakes we made. The bowlers still have to put the ball in the right areas and the boys got rewarded for it. We applied ourselves well and batted to get the 100-run lead, but not pleasing to see the last six wickets [fall for no runs]. Siraj’s spell is something you don’t get to see often. We kept it simple and the pitch did the rest for us. You still have to come and do it. Credit to Siraj and Bumrah and to Mukesh and Prasidh to support him in whatever way they did. When you come to this part of the world, it’s always difficult but we take pride in our performance outside of India. South Africa always challenge us and for us to come out here and win, we can take pride in this performance. Such an important player for South Africa (on Elgar). Very, very gritty and his wicket – we spoke about how we want to get him out quickly. We appreciate what he has done for South Africa. Brilliant career – best wishes ahead!
Siraj, Player of the Match:
To be honest, it’s my best figures in my Test career. I didn’t think too much and just wanted to hit the right areas. Got the learnings from last game that I didn’t hit the right lengths and I wanted to be relentless with my length here. When we play together with Bumrah, we analyse the wicket quicker and understand the plans. Keep supporting, keep loving.
Elgar and Bumrah share the Player-of-the-Series award.
Elgar: I would have liked to do more in this game. Still very proud of my performance in Centurion and finally on the board in the hundred club there. But pretty difficult batting conditions… It would’ve been brilliant. You want to challenge yourself against the best in the world. Bumrah is a world-class bowler and he deserves the Man of the Series. Glad I don’t have to face these guys again (laughs). Bit of a journey and amazing memories with the baggy green, so special…
Bumrah: As I said before, this ground will hold a special place in my heart. Fond memories of my first game and happy it went well for me. The journey started in 2018 and we wanted to create an impact in all conditions. In India, the spinners do a lot more work. The team is now going through a transition but the message is the same. It’s difficult to keep coming at it; we were happy we were able to do it in this game. I didn’t expect this was going to happen (shortest Test) but a great series.