Thursday, January 4, 2024

Day 1 of the Second Test between India and South Africa: Records and wickets fall in "Crash Town"

 Mohammed Siraj required only 9 overs to sack 6 wickets, and India 23.2 overs to bowl South Africa out for 55. In answer, the guests were easily positioned at 153/4, preceding losing 6 wickets in 11 balls without adding a run. At stumps on a swelling Day 1 in Cape Town where pacers made joyful as 23 wickets tumbled, the hosts oversaw 62/3 in their second innings, actually following India by 36 runs.

55 full scale is SA's most reduced Test absolute at home after 35 versus Eng, likewise in Cape Town, in 1899, and SA's least beginning around 1932 (36 and 45 versus Aus at MCG). Likewise the least score by a group against India in a Test innings, after New Zealand's 62 at Wankhede in 2021.

23.2 overs taken by India to get 10 wickets is another record for them after 25.1 overs they took to bowl out SA in Jo'burg in 2006.

Mohd Siraj's career-best and second-best scores before lunch on Day 1 of a men's Test are 6/15 (Stuart Broad took 8/15 against Australia in 2015).

9 overs by Siraj are the least an Indian has expected to take at least 6 wickets in men's Tests. Prasad stowed 6/33 in 10.2 overs versus Pak in Chennai in '99.

23 wickets in a day in a Test is the jointmost in South Africa, after SA versus Aus, likewise at Newlands, in 2011. Most elevated at any point is 27 (Eng versus Aus) at Master's in 1888.

For the first time since their 152-run defeat of England in Manchester in 2014, six Indians were run out for zero. Likewise whenever a group first lost 6 progressive wickets on similar score in a Test innings.

2 After Jack Barrett of Australia in 1890, Dean Elgar is the second player to be dismissed twice on the same day as his last Test.

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