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Jan 4, 2024

Bumrah bamboozles Proteas as India record historic victory in Cape Town


Series-levelling victory for India

Jasprit Bumrah, India's priceless fast bowling mean machine, produced a hostile spell in Cape Town to guide India to a series-levelling seven-wicket victory against South Africa in the shortest game ever played in Test history.

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'Menacing' Bumrah

Bumrah (6/61 in 13.5 overs), the master practitioner of fast bowling, knocked the stuffing out of South Africa's middle-order in a menacing morning spell.

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'Belligerent' century by Markram

Aiden Markram (106 off 103 balls) fought like a lone ranger on a burning deck to take South Africa to 176 in 36.5 overs at the stroke of lunch on Day 2.

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Skipper Rohit takes India home

A target of 79 even on the toughest of tracks wasn't exactly a tall order and young Yashasvi Jaiswal (28) threw his bat around before skipper Rohit Sharma (16 not out) completed the formalities in the company of Shreyas Iyer (4 not out off 6) in just 12 overs.

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India register first victory at Newlands

This was India's first victory at Newlands in seven attempts and one that would be remembered for the hostility exhibited by two Indian fast bowlers – Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj, who produced a career-best six-wicket haul to bowl out South Africa for 55 in the first innings.

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Rohit second skipper after Dhoni to draw a series in SA

The series-levelling win gave Rohit the bragging rights of being only the second skipper after MS Dhoni (2010-11) to draw a series in the ‘Rainbow Nation'. However, South Africa remains an unconquered territory for India, who have not been able to win a Test series in the country.

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Shortest completed game ever in the history of Tests!

It was the shortest Test match ever in terms of overs bowled, bettering the previous best that involved Australia and SA at the MCG way back in 1932. A total of 107 overs were bowled in this match while 109.2 overs were bowled in that 1932-match which Australia won.

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Good move to bring in Mukesh in place of Shardul

Playing Mukesh Kumar (4 wickets) in place of Shardul Thakur was a good move and also making the bowlers realise the ideal length to bowl after the goof up in Centurion.

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Markram hits 17 fours and two sixes in his century knock

Sensing that he could soon run out of partners, Markram started attacking the inexperienced Mukesh Kumar (2/56 in 10 overs) and the ever-profligate Prasidh Krishna (1/27 in 4 overs). Markram found it easy to muscle the balls through the gaps as he hit 17 fours and two mighty sixes off Prasidh.

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Siraj gets rid of 'dangerous' Markram

Starting at 62 for 3, South Africa quickly lost their middle-order to be 111 for 7 before Markram took charge. It finally took first innings hero Siraj (1/31) to induce a mistimed heave from Markram, ensuring the lead did not cross 100-run mark.

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Next: 2nd Test: India in control after wickets tumble in Cape Town