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SA vs IND, 2nd Test | Siraj's Magic, India's Dramatic Collapse Highlights 23-Wicket Day 1

image-lqxwgchwSouth Africa roared back in the final session (x.com)

Brief Scores: South Africa (1st innings): 55 all out (23.2 overs) [Kyle Verreynne: 15 (30), David Bedingham: 12 (17); Mohammed Siraj 6/15 (9), Mukesh Kumar 2/0 (2.2)] & South Africa (2nd innings): 62-3 (17 overs) [Aiden Markram: 36* (51), Dean Elgar: 12 (28); Mukesh Kumar 2/25 (6), Jasprit Bumrah 1/25 (6)] trail India (1st innings): 153 all out (34.5 overs) [Virat Kohli: 46 (59), Rohit Sharma: 39 (50); Lungi Ngidi 3/30 (6), Kagiso Rabada 3/38 (11.5)] by 36 runs.

As many as 23 wickets fell on the opening day of the series-deciding second Test match between hosts South Africa and India at Cape Town.

Mohammed Siraj skittles SA for 55

Mohammed Siraj, with assistance from pace mates Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar, skittled South Africa for just 55 inside the opening session of the day. Shortly after Proteas captain Dean Elgar had opted to bat first, Siraj scythed through the entirety of hosts’ top-order, as he claimed six of their top seven batters with the new-ball.

Bumrah and Kumar accounted for the remaining four South African wickets on offer as their innings crumbled in just 23.2 overs to call for an early lunch.

Rabada and Ngidi tilt game in 11 balls

Indian captain Rohit Sharma, after losing opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal for a duck, stormed his side past the South African total within the first 10 overs itself by belting seven boundaries in his attacking 39. Shubman Gill (36) and batting veteran Virat Kohli (46) also forged cautious runs for the visitors before the former’s dismissal at the brink of Tea signalled India’s batting downfall.

Shreyas Iyer also departed for a duck while KL scored just eight runs from the 33 balls he faced in the post-Tea session. At a time when the Indians looked poised to mount a huge first-innings lead at 153-4, they lost their final six wickets in a space of just 11 balls without adding a run to the total.

Kagiso Rabada (3-38) and Lungi Ngidi (3-30) induced India’s remarkable lower-order collapse to restrict the visitor’s lead to just 98 runs. Apart from the two South African paceman, Nandre Burger also snared three wickets of his own, including the prized scalps of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill before Tea break.

Mukesh Kumar leads Indian fightback

South African captain Dean Elgar, in his farewell Test, failed with the bat for the second time in the day after he was trapped poking outside off by Mukesh Kumar. The Indian speedster also dismissed Tony de Zorzi a while later, before Jasprit Bumrah accounted for Tristan Stubbs at the brink of stumps.

Aiden Markram remained unbeaten at 36 until the close of play and will now assume South Africa’s second innings charge on Day 2 with David Bedingham. At 62-3, they are currently trailing India by another 36 runs.