Dean Elgar said before the match that he will be very disappointed if this match is a draw. It looks like the South African captain is not to be disappointed. But that may not be what Elgar intended.
Elgar wants to end his Test career with a 2-0 win over India. Won the toss and elected to bat in Cape Town. But Mohammad Siraj’s fire spell has ruined Elgar’s farewell reception. South Africa lost within the first 20 overs of the Test. Proteas have lost 8 wickets for 46 runs.
Siraj’s 6 wickets for 15 runs in a spell of 9 overs. Kyle Vereen survived with one of these reviews. Later, Siraj returned with a catch.
Thanks to Siraj, 135 years old shame has returned to South Africa. In 1889, South Africa’s first four batsmen scored 6 runs against England. Such a top-order failure at home was next seen in 1927. Against England, the first four batsmen scored 12 runs in the second innings in Johannesburg.
Today, Siraj and Yashpreet Bumrah combined to send back the first four batsmen within 15 runs. Aidan Markram, Elgar, Tony Di Georgi and Tristian Stubbs contributed 11 of these.
Siraj forced Markram to take a slip catch in the fourth over. Elgar pulled the ball onto the stumps in his next over. Bumrah dismissed the anointed Stubbs in the ninth over. In the next over, Georgie returned with an unnecessary punch on the leg side.
Then Vereen and David Bedingham try to weather a little storm. Verein, who was 9 runs, was LBW for the team’s 29 runs. This wicketkeeper survived that journey with reviews. But in the 16th over, Siraj forced Bedingham and Jansen to catch behind the wicket in four balls. The host team lost 6 wickets for 34 runs.
Rohit Sharma still did not remove Siraj from the attack. And Siraj reciprocated by dismissing Verein at the last hurdle. 46 runs for 8 wickets for South Africa till this report is seen.