Who knows, maybe Dean Elgar hinted at what was to come yesterday. He said about the last Test of his career, this is the World Cup for him. South Africa and the World Cup? The best chemistry of disaster is the same!
It gets a little ridiculous to regret what you said yesterday. However, the South African captain should regret the toss decision at the end of the first innings in Cape Town today. The host team could not finish the first session. South Africa were bowled out for 55 runs in 23.2 overs.
The Protea batsmen surrendered helplessly at the ball of Mohammad Siraj. Siraj took 6 wickets for 15 runs. Mukesh Kumar took the opportunity to collapse in the batting lineup. The erratic face of India’s Test team picked up the last two wickets without conceding any runs. The remaining two wickets are for Bumrah.
It is written in a shameful record in the Cape Town Test. The Proteas have not been all out for so few runs at home in the last 135 years. It was South Africa’s lowest score, both home and away, after returning to Tests after a ban.
And such a disaster at home was last seen in 1899. The devastation occurred in Cape Town as well. On April 4, South Africa were bowled out for 35 runs in a target of 246 runs. The host team was bowled out for 47 and 43 runs in the previous two innings of the Test. The Proteas have a record of getting all out for minimum 30 runs at home. In 1896, South Africa lost by 288 runs against England at Gebeha, chasing a target of 319 runs.
And before today, the last time South Africa was in such a bad state was in 1932. The visitors were bowled out for 36 and 45 in two innings for a questionable wicket in Melbourne. Hosts Australia didn’t do too well either. Sir Don Bradman did not bat due to injury, Australia stopped at 153 runs. Left-arm spinner Bert Ironmonger took 11 wickets for 24 runs in two innings.
There have been 36 cases of 55 or fewer all outs in Tests till today’s innings. Among them, this happened seven times in Cape Town. Lord’s is the witness of such low run innings six times.
Opponents India, however, set a milestone on a day of South Africa’s batting disaster on Wednesday. Earlier, India could not bowl out any opponent for so few runs. In 2021, the Indian bowlers crushed New Zealand by 62 runs. Jashpreet Bumrah, Mohammad Sirajra smashed the Proteas by just 55 runs in Cape Town, breaking that record.
I have to talk about Siraj. The right-handed pacer led from the front to demolish the South African batting lineup. He dismissed 6 of the first seven batsmen of the hosts. That too cost only 15 runs. This is the third best bowling performance by an Indian bowler on South African soil. Shardul Thakur tops all with 7 wickets for 61 runs in 2022 Johannesburg Test.
Just looking at the scoreboard shows how helpless the host batsmen were in front of Siraj-Bumrad in Cape Town. Only two batsmen reached double figures in the hosts’ innings, the highest of 15 runs coming from wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verein.
Indian pacers got all the wickets of South Africa. India became the first team in South Asia to all out the opposition in 23.2 overs or less in an innings.