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South Africa are bowled out for just 55 – their worst total in 92 YEARS – before India lose their last six wickets for no runs in just 11 balls on thrilling first day in Cape Town

South Africa are bowled out for just 55 – their worst total in 92 YEARS – before India lose their last six wickets for no runs in just 11 balls on thrilling first day in Cape Town
South Africa are bowled out for just 55 – their worst total in 92 YEARS – before India lose their last six wickets for no runs in just 11 balls on thrilling first day in Cape Town


  • South Africa and India are facing off in a two-Test match series in South Africa
  • The Proteas thumped India by an innings and 32 runs in the first Test match
  • But, they were bowled out for just 55 on the first morning of the second Test 

South Africa endured a disastrous first morning of their second Test against India as they were bowled out for just 55 in 23.2 overs, before they launched a stunning fightback. 

The Proteas were looking to build on their stunning victory in the first match of the series last week, where they thrashed India by an innings and 32 runs in Centurion.

But, after winning the toss and electing to bat on Wednesday in Cape Town – a traditionally good batting wicket – they endured a torrid morning. 

They got off to a terrible start, slumping to 15-4 within 10 overs as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj did the early damage with the ball for India.

This included the dismissal of highly-rated batting all-rounder Tristan Stubbs, who was making his Test debut, but he made just three.

India dismissed South Africa for just 55 on the first morning of the second Test in Cape Town

It was a remarkable spell of bowling for India, with Mohammed Siraj ending with figures of 6-15

It was a remarkable spell of bowling for India, with Mohammed Siraj ending with figures of 6-15

South Africa posted their worst total in Test cricket in 92 years after a dismal batting display

South Africa posted their worst total in Test cricket in 92 years after a dismal batting display

David Beddingham and Kyle Verreynne tried to provide some resistance and they were the only players to reach double figures.

However, once Beddingham fell to Siraj, the rest of the South African batting line-up slumped to a dismal total as they lost their last six wickets for 21 runs in just eight overs.

Siraj ended with superb figures of 6-15 off nine overs, while Bumrah took two wickets and Mukesh Kumar picked up a couple more without conceding a run.

55 is the Proteas’ eighth-worst batting total ever in Test cricket, but their worst since the 45 they managed against Australia in Melbourne in 1932, 92 years ago.

Surprisingly, only one batter was dismissed for a duck with Kagiso Rabada’s five runs making him South Africa’s third-top scorer behind Verreynne’s 15 and Beddingham’s 12.

It was a remarkable morning in Cape Town with nine of the 10 wickets caught and India had hoped to build on their stunning start to level the two-match Test series. 

Nine of the 10 wickets were caught as India began the second Test in stunning fashion

Nine of the 10 wickets were caught as India began the second Test in stunning fashion

South Africa fought back and took India's final six wickets for no runs in a remarkable 11 balls

South Africa fought back and took India’s final six wickets for no runs in a remarkable 11 balls

The bowlers completely dominated on a bizarre but sensational day of Test cricket

However, the chaos continued in the afternoon and evening as India lost six wickets for no runs in a surreal 11-ball spell, as they collapsed from 153-4 to 153 all out, meaning they had a 98 run lead from the first innings.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Pravid Krishna were all dismissed without scoring as South Africa fought back. 

India are now the first team to lose six wickets without scoring a run in a Test innings. 

Written by bourbiza mohamed

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