India South Africa Test match

Cricket India South Africa Test match, letest update, SA 55 & 176; India 153 & 80-3. India win by seven wickets Series ends 1-1 after 642-ball, two-day second Test

Jan 4, 2024 - 07:56
Jan 4, 2024 - 09:04

Bumrah helps India rout South Africa for fastest Test win in history, SA 55 & 176; India 153 & 80-3. India win by seven wickets,  Series ends 1-1 after 642-ball, two-day second Test

SA vs IND, 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights: India beats South Africa by seven wickets to level series 1-1 

India completed the fastest Test win in history by leveling their two-match series against South Africa with an early win on the second afternoon in Cape Town. The visitors chased down 79 runs in 12 overs in the fourth innings at Newlands on Thursday, ending the game on 642 balls, scheduled to end on Sunday evening.

This is the record for the fewest Test wins by bowled deliveries, 14 shy of a record that had stood since 1932, when South Africa also lost against Australia in Melbourne.
Over four sessions, on average less than one wicket fell every 20 balls. The Proteas, who won well in a hard-fought opening Test at Centurion, were bowled out for 55 on the first morning and improved to 176 only thanks to a solo effort from Aiden Markram, who scored a back-to-the-wall 106 – the next best South African score was his partner. 12 from opener Dean Elgar.

Markram's effort was easily the standout knock of a grueling encounter, as he occupied the crease for 164 minutes and faced 103 balls. With no further resistance, Jasprit Bumrah took six wickets for 61 runs in 13.5 overs.

India started their chase after lunch and wasted no time. They lost three wickets along the way - Yashvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli - but picked up 52 at the boundary as they ensured an unprecedented quick conclusion.

While the condition of the pitch is sure to be questioned, the match officials will decide whether the dramatic shortening of the match was due to batting errors or a poor surface.

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