India dominate second Test as records tumble, leaving South Africa trailing behind.

South Africa concluded an extraordinary back-and-forth opening day of the second and final Test against India at Newlands with a score of 62 for three in their second innings. They are trailing the tourists by 36 runs after witnessing 23 wickets fall and several records being broken on Wednesday.

Seamer Mohammed Siraj delivered his career-best performance, taking six wickets for 15 runs as the Indian team bowled out the South African hosts for just 55 runs in their first innings. The hosts had chosen to bat first on a pitch that offered significant assistance to the bowlers.

India was in a good position at 153 for four in response before suffering a collapse, losing six wickets without adding any runs. This marked the first time such an incident has occurred in Test matches. Furthermore, India equaled the record for having six batsmen dismissed without scoring a single run.

The first two innings only lasted 349 balls, making it the second shortest instance in the 147-year history of Test cricket. The only instance shorter than this was a total of 287 deliveries between Australia and England in 1902.

South Africa’s captain, Dean Elgar, experienced a double dismissal in his final Test match before retirement, which he had announced prior to the series. His scores were merely four and 12.

In their first innings, South Africa struggled against an excellent nine-over spell from Siraj. The seamer consistently maintained a precise line and length and effectively utilized the movement off the pitch. The South African batsmen, especially the lower order, made poor decisions and attempted aggressive shots to navigate their way out of trouble.

South Africa’s low score of 55 in their first innings was their worst since 1932 at this venue. For comparison, New Zealand was bowled out for 45 at Newlands in 2013, and Australia faced a similar fate with a score of 47 in 2011. The previous lowest total against India in Test matches was 79 at Nagpur in 2015, and at home, it was 130 at Newlands in 2018.

In response, India made a strong start, led by Rohit Sharma with 39 runs and Shubman Gill with 36 runs. Virat Kohli also contributed with a fluent 46 runs. However, just as they seemed to be taking control of the game, seamer Lungi Ngidi took three wickets in a single over, capitalizing on extra bounce from the pitch.

Panic ensued for the Indian team as they suffered a dramatic collapse of six wickets in just 11 deliveries, including the unnecessary run out of Siraj.

Pretoria witnessed South Africa’s victory in the first Test, where they won by an innings and 32 runs.

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