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India is currently ahead of South Africa in the second Test after numerous records were broken. The match has been quite remarkable.
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India is currently ahead of South Africa in the second Test after numerous records were broken. The match has been quite remarkable.

On Wednesday, South Africa ended the first day of the second and final Test against India with a score of 62 for three in their second innings. This followed a back-and-forth match where 23 wickets were taken and numerous records were broken. The home team is currently trailing behind the visitors by 36 runs.

Mohammed Siraj, the seamer, achieved his personal best by taking six wickets for just 15 runs. The away team chose to bowl first on a pitch that heavily favored the bowlers and managed to dismiss their opponents for a lowly score of 55.

India had a strong start with a score of 153 for four in response, but then they suffered a devastating loss of six wickets without earning any runs. This was a first for Tests and unfortunately, it was not the only undesirable record for the team. They also had six batsmen out for zero runs, matching a previous record.

The first two innings of the Test cricket match lasted 349 balls, making it the second shortest in the sport’s 147-year history. The only time it was shorter was in a match between Australia and England in 1902, with only 287 deliveries.

Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa, was sent off two times during the day in his last Test match before his retirement. This announcement was made prior to the start of the series. He only managed to score four and 12 runs.

In their initial turn at bat, South Africa was greatly affected by a remarkable stretch of nine overs by Siraj, who consistently bowled with precision and utilized the surface’s natural movement to his advantage. The home team’s batsmen sometimes caused their own demise by making unwise choices, particularly in the lower order where they attempted to swing their way out of trouble.

South Africa’s meager points were their lowest since 1932 at a location where New Zealand were dismissed for 45 in 2013 and Australia for 47 in 2011. Their previous record low score against India in Test matches was 79 at Nagpur in 2015. At their home ground, it was 130 at Newlands in 2018.

In response, India began strong with Rohit Sharma (39) and Shubman Gill (36) leading the way. Virat Kohli then added a smooth 46 runs. However, just as India seemed to be gaining the upper hand, Lungi Ngidi’s seam bowling caused trouble with three wickets in one over due to extra bounce from the pitch.

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The visitors were struck with panic as they experienced a sudden and dramatic collapse, losing six wickets in just 11 deliveries. This included the unnecessary run out of Siraj.

In Pretoria, South Africa emerged victorious in the initial test with a lead of 32 runs and an innings.

Source: theguardian.com