After an incredible first day, Akash Chopra predicted that the Cape Town Test would end in two days. The words of the former Indian opener are true, this Test is not going on the third day. However, the second match of the series ends in one and a half days without having to play for two whole days.
South Africa all out for 176 runs in the second innings. India need only 79 runs to win.
Proteas started the day with 62 runs for 3 wickets. The first innings deficit was still 36 runs. David Bedingham hits a four in the first over of the day, he is out in that over. South Africa do not have another wicket before overcoming the first innings deficit.
The host lost 7 wickets from the lead of 13. All four of the team were victims of Yashpreet Bumrah. Sirja, who was rocked in the first innings, was yet to see a wicket.
Aidan Markram was fighting alone at one end. Markram, who was on 73 runs, also caught Bumrah’s ball. But Lokesh Rahul dropped that catch. South Africa runs only 128, lead 30. Markram increased the intensity of the aggression when he got life.
Prasidh Krishna scored 20 runs in the next over with two fours and two sixes. Bumrah hit two consecutive fours to reach his 99-ball century. Rohit Sharma brought in Siraj by changing the end. Markram greeted him with a four off the third ball. But he took the catch at long off while picking up the next ball. An incredible innings of 106 runs off 103 balls with 17 fours and 2 sixes stopped. Rohit’s aggressive celebration of the catch was not liked by the umpire again.
After losing the eighth wicket for 162 runs, South Africa lost the ninth wicket after three balls. There is no change in the score yet. Krishna got the first wicket in the match in the paradise of pacers. Lungi Ngidi added 14 runs with Berger for the last wicket partnership before Bumrah became his sixth victim.
South Africa were bowled before the end of the day’s 20 overs. Bumrah got 6 wickets for 61 runs. On the other hand, after Markram’s 106 runs, the second highest 12 runs of his opening partner Dean Elgar!
Let’s see how much time India takes to get 79 runs.