In a historic turnaround of events at the Newlands in Cape Town, the second and last Test of the two-match series between South Africa and India ended just in the second session of the second day of the match. The visitors, India created history as they registered their first-ever win at the Newlands in Cape Town since they started touring South Africa in 1992.
With this 7-wicket win for India, Rohit Sharma also became the first-ever Indian captain to win a Test against South Africa. Apart from that, he also became the first Asian team to win a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town.
In another shocking piece of trivia for cricket fans, this second last Test of the series between South Africa and India has also been recorded as the shortest-ever Test match in the 147-year-long history of the game.
Speaking of the action of the match, the hosts’ skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and decided to bat first; batting first, the Proteas batters completely surrendered against the Indian pace attack led by Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah. Siraj claimed an amazing five-wicket haul, scalping 6 wickets at the cost of just 15 runs in 9 overs, alongside two wickets each bagged by Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar to bundle out South Africa just at the score of 55 runs in the first innings.
The shortest-ever Test match in the history of cricket
In reply to South Africa’s 55 runs in the first innings, India faced a drastic collapse in their first innings when they had scored 153 runs for the loss of 4 wickets; India lost their remaining 6 wickets without scoring runs and got bundled out at the score of 153 runs only.
Later in the second innings, South Africa managed to score 178 runs courtesy of Aiden Markram’s sensational century, scoring 106 runs off just 103 balls, with 17 fours and 2 sixes amidst a fall of wickets at the regular intervals. The hosts set a target of 79 runs for India in the second innings to win the game.
While chasing the target, India comfortably chased down the total for the loss of 3 wickets and won the match by a big margin of 7 wickets to equal the series by 1-1 after facing a big loss in the first Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Here’s how fans reacted to India’s historic win against South Africa in Cape Town Test:
#INDvsSA— Shunya_Zero0️⃣😵😳 (@Devende80705566) January 4, 2024
Best part : INDIA WON
Worst part : Pitch and Match finished in 1.5 day.
Guys, Anybody blaming the pitch?
Phew! That's some relief. The first Asian team to win a test at Newlands. The sad part, the match took a mere 1.5 days to earn a result. The curator sure will have earned some demerit points for the pitch #INDvsSA— Vidya S (@vidyasharada) January 4, 2024
#INDvsSA— Mr. S (@Bread_Pitt59) January 4, 2024
True cricket fans can realise the meaning and importance of winning an away test in a ground like Cape Town.
Missed out on winning the series, but Drawing it in South Africa is still a big feat!
A positive start to the year 💙🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/zscp4VMsnk
Game over in 642 balls.— Sudipto Bhattacharya (@Sudipto_CTVS) January 4, 2024
Shortest test match ever!
On the poorest of poor wickets Test Match Cricket has ever seen. Not sure if Chris Broad agrees 😀
Too bad the final result is 1-1. It could well have been 2-0 had it not been for Shardul and Prasidh at Centurion.#INDvsSA