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23 wickets tumble on Day 1, SA 62/3 in 2nd innings at stumps, trail India by 36 runs- The Uncut

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23 wickets tumble on Day 1, SA 62/3 in 2nd innings at stumps, trail India by 36 runs- The Uncut

By Agencies

CAPE TOWN: South Africa were 62 for 3 in their second innings at stumps to trail India by 36 runs on Day 1 of the second and final Test here on Wednesday.

Aiden Markram and David Bedingham were at the crease on 36 and 7 respectively at close of play.

Earlier, India lost their last six wickets for zero runs to collapse to 153.

Virat Kohli top-scored with 46 while skipper Rohit Sharma made 39 and Shubman Gill 36.

None of the other batsmen reached double figures with six batsmen being out for ducks.

For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Nandre Burger took three wickets apiece. 

Earlier, a career-best six-wicket haul from Mohammed Siraj helped India dismiss South Africa for a lowly 55 before the visitors reached 111 for 4 at tea.

The pitch isn’t the easiest for batting and the match could end well inside three days if not two.

In a straight spell of nine overs, Siraj picked six for 15 as the South African batters made a beeline back to the dug-out, unable to counter the disconcerting bounce and the movement, both inward and outward, that he extracted off the surface.

It was also South Africa’s lowest total in Test cricket since their readmission into international cricket in 1991.

However the Indian batters also didn’t fare any better against the Proteas speedsters.

Before Siraj’s special effort, the only Indian in country’s 92 year Test history to take five wickets before lunch was left-arm spinner Maninder Singh, who achieved the feat against Pakistan in Bengaluru back in 1986-1987.

On a humid Wednesday morning, South African batters found what a great leveller the game of cricket is with Siraj ripping the heart out of the Proteas batting with a masterclass of pace, swing and seam movement.

The Proteas innings ended in just 23.2 overs.

David Bedingham (12) and Kyle Verreynne (15) were the only two batters to hit the double digits as the South African supporters in stands were stunned into silence.

Jasprit Bumrah (2/25 in 8 overs) also kept the pressure from the other end as Indian skipper Rohit Sharma kept his promise of making opposite number Dean Elgar’s life miserable in his farewell Test.

Mukesh Kumar (2/0) also wrapped the tail up and proved that he is way better than a bits and pieces Shardul Thakur in these conditions.

Having been pilloried for conceding 400 plus runs in the heavy defeat at the Centurion, even the biggest of Indian supporters wouldn’t have envisaged such a roaring comeback from the bowlers.

Siraj kept the ball on fuller lengths between 4-6 metres and with bounce got most balls to jag back in.

From the other end, Bumrah hit the back of length area as Rohit set completely attacking fields, albeit of different nature.

When Siraj bowled initially, there was a leg-slip placed while for Bumrah, Rohit himself stood at short leg.

The procession started with Aiden Markram going on a ‘fishing expedition’ to a delivery that moved in air and shaped away with the opener closing his bat face.

Yashasvi Jaiswal took a fantastic catch at third slip to send back Markram.

The stodgy Elgar played one to his stumps off Siraj who angled one across on fuller length, not giving him enough room to play the cut shot.

Bumrah got young Tristan Stubbs into a tangle and the simple catch was gobbled up by skipper at short-leg.

Tony De Zorzi’s affinity to whip balls off the hips was exploited as he was caught down the leg-side.

Unlike Centurion, there were plans in place and David Bedingham, who was fed on the backfoot in the first Test, was enticed to go for a drive on length and extra bounce did the trick.

Once Marco Jansen edged Siraj to give him his fifth scalp, one knew that South Africa would have one of their most embarrassing mornings since return to international cricket.

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