New Delhi: The ongoing opening Test between South Africa and India, being played at Cape Town, is turning out to be a thriller as both the teams are giving stiff competition to each other. Surprisingly, rather than batsmen, bowlers are proving out to be ‘game-changer’ in this Test and both the teams are relying on their pacers to take them home. Also Read - IPL 2020, RR vs CSK: Sanju Samson is The Best Young Batsman in India, Tweets Gautam Gambhir
Starting with the first innings, Indian bowlers proved their mettle as they bowled out South Africa for mere 286 runs. However, the visiting side failed miserably in the batting department, courtesy the Proteas’ bowling attack, which dominated the proceedings and removed all ten Indian batsmen for just 209 runs, thus taking the first innings lead of 77 runs. Also Read - Former India Test Cricketer Sadashiv Patel Dies at 86, BCCI Pays Condolences
At a certain point, the home team was favourite to win the Test and that too with ease. However, Indian bowlers had a different plan for the Proteas as they destroyed host’s batting and sent them packing for just 130 runs on Day 4 even that too despite half-century stand by South African openers. Also Read - Olympic Body Asks Cricket South Africa to Step Aside, Takes Control
Faf du Plessis lead South Africa lost all their 10 wickets for just 78 runs which is the worst batting collapse by any team at their home ground against India after being 50/0. Here are some worst 10-wicket collapses against India at home.
Also, South Africa lost their last eight wickets for 64 runs to record their fourth-worst collapse (after losing two wickets).
Meanwhile, India, chasing 208 runs, have once again found themselves in trouble after losing top-order cheaply. At the time of filing this report, South Africa need four wickets to win the opening Test, while India still need over 100 runs to take the 1-0 lead in the three-match series.