On the first day of the second Test being played between India and South Africa (IND vs SA) in Cape Town (Newlands, Cape Town), the fast bowlers wreaked havoc and reduced the host team’s first innings to just 55 runs.
IND vs SA 2nd Test: Proteas captain Dean Elgar won the toss and decided to bat first but the Indian fast bowlers led by Mohammed Siraj proved him wrong and got him all out in the first session of the first day. This is South Africa’s lowest score against India in Test cricket (SA lowest test score vs IND). Earlier, the minimum score of the Proteas team against India was 79 runs, which it made in Nagpur (VCA Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur) in 2019. In the first innings of the final Test being played in Cape Town, right-arm fast bowler Siraj showed the way out to six South African batsmen by giving away 15 runs.
Let us tell you that the fast bowlers of the Indian team, taking full advantage of the help provided by the pitch, did not give the South African batsmen a chance to establish a foothold on the crease. He also got support from Jaspreet Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar from the other end. Siraj first got Aiden Markram caught out by Yashasvi Jaiswal standing in the slip.
After this, Captain Elgar was bowled by his ball. The dominance of Indian fast bowlers in the match was so much that South Africa’s top-4 batsmen could not even touch double figures. For the host team, Kyle Verreynne scored the maximum 15 runs while David Bedingham contributed 12 runs. Apart from these two, no other batsman could withstand the heat of the Indian pacer. Apart from Siraj, Bumrah and Mukesh also took 2 wickets each.
It is noteworthy that this is Siraj’s best spell in his Test career so far. He bowled three maidens in nine overs and took six wickets for 15 runs. If we talk about the performance of Indian bowlers in South Africa, Shardul Thakur is at the top. Shardul had taken seven wickets for 61 runs on India’s last tour of South Africa. At second place is former off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who took seven wickets for 120 runs in 2011. Now Siraj has reached third place in this list. 29-year-old Siraj has so far taken 67 wickets in 41 innings of 23 Test matches for the Indian team. During this period, this right-arm fast bowler has taken five wicket hauls thrice. His highest performance in an innings of a Test match is six wickets for 15 runs while his best bowling in a match is eight wickets for 126 runs.
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