India vs South Africa: Will There be No More Doubts on Pitch Performance After 23 Wickets in a Day?

On the opening day of the second test between South Africa and India, 23 wickets were lost. With six wickets in one Test match, Mohammad Siraj had the highest performance of his career. India failed to score any runs despite losing six wickets. Even if wickets are falling at Newlands, Team India still has the upper hand.

Cape Town: The wicket-falling incident during India’s opening Test against South Africa in 2024 will live on in memory for a very long time. On the opening day of the second and final Test match of this series, which was held at Newlands, 23 wickets fell. With Mohammed Siraj (6/15), who bowled his career-best six, India limited the visiting team to a mere 55 runs after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

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Chris Broad, the ICC match referee, would never have known that the Newlands surface had that much bounce. It looked like a ‘jumbo jet’, the red Kookaburra ball was flying, and the batsmen could not stay on the crease. Ultimately, the ball was hitting the batsman from shoulder to stomach because of how much the bounce was fluctuating.

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Siraj grabbed six wickets for 15 runs in his first stint of nine consecutive overs on a pitch that appeared challenging for batting. The South African batters struggled to deal with the pitch’s odd bounce and movement. South Africa’s lowest Test score since its comeback to international cricket in 1991. Before Siraj, the only other player in the country’s 92-year Test history to have achieved such a magnificent performance before lunch was left-arm spinner Maninder Singh, who took five wickets before noon against Pakistan in Bengaluru in 1986-87.

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Due to Siraj’s pace, swing, and seam movement, which the South African batsmen found difficult to handle on this steamy Wednesday morning, the entire squad reached the pavilion in just 23.2 overs during the first innings. The frustrated South African fans in the stands saw only two batsmen reach double figures: David Bedingham (12) and Kyle Warren (15). In nine overs, Siraj bowled three maidens. Jasprit Bumrah kept up the pressure on the other end, and as a result, Rohit did everything in his power to trouble opponent team captain Dean Elgar during his final test. With two wickets at zero runs, Mukesh Kumar kept the tail batters in check.