India tour of South Africa 2023–24 2nd Test: Siraj, Bumrah’s supreme bowling heroics help India to equalise the series

Following the victory, the two times WTC finalist also became the first Asian nation to beat Proteas at the Newlands.

In the second Test match of the two-match series, India beat South Africa by seven wickets at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town. With this victory, India equalised the series by 1-1 after 14 years. Following it, the two times WTC finalist also became the first Asian nation to beat Proteas at the Newlands.

The South African captain, Dean Elgar, who played his last international test won the toss and elected to bat first, but the decision turned out to be a nightmare, as Mohammed Siraj was at his best with the ball and dismantled the whole batting line-up just in 55 runs in the first innings. Kyle Verreynne (15) was the highest scorer with the bat in the whole shambolic batting display.

In return, India got a steady but a very shaky start, as Yashasvi Jaiswal got out on duck, but on the other end, Rohit Sharma (39) was playing with some intent to get the lead as soon as possible, but could not able to convert his score into a big one, Shubman Gill (36) too got a start, but he also had same fate as of his skipper. Virat Kohli (46) was looking colossal with the bat, but on the other side, the batting line-up got derailed, as it lost six wickets without scoring a run, and got all out on 153 runs, but secured a lead of 98 runs.

In the second innings as well, the hosts did not look comfortable with the bat, as Jasprit Bumrah once again showed his supreme skills on the turf and scalped his ninth five wicket haul. But Aiden Markram (106) showed his mettle with the bat and was the lone centurion in this fixture, that helped to get a lead of 78 runs, but the team got all out on 176 runs.

India looked very comfortable while chasing the target, as they chased it down within 12 overs.

With the ball for India, Siraj secured six and one wicket in both the innings respectively, Bumrah too scalped six wickets in the second innings, but also got one in the first innings. Mukesh Kumar got two wickets in both the innings respectively, whereas Prasidh Krishna secured one wicket in the second innings.

For Proteas with the ball, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Nandre Burger got three wickets respectively in the first innings, and similarly in the second turn, Rabada, Burger, and Marco Jansen got one wicket each.

Mohammed Siraj was adjudged Player of the Match for his sensational bowling performance, whereas Jasprit Bumrah and Dean Elgar shared the Player of the Series award.


1st Innings:

South Africa: 55/10, Overs 23.2, Kyle Verreynne 15, Mohammed Siraj 6/15

India: 153/10, Overs 34.5, Virat Kohli 46, Lungi Ngidi 3/30

2nd Innings:

South Africa: 176/10, Overs 36.5, Aiden Markram 106, Jasprit Bumrah 6/61

India: 80/3, Overs 12.0, Yashasvi Jaiswal 28, Marco Jansen 1/15

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