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Cricket History Unfolds: India-South Africa 2nd Test’s Chaotic Day 1 Shatters Records with 23 Wickets and Six Ducks

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NEW DELHI: The second Test between India and South Africa began with an action-packed opening day at Newlands in Cape Town, breaking multiple records and providing cricket fans with a gripping spectacle.

Here’s a rundown of the records set on the first day of the second Test:

Historic Wicket Fall: 23 wickets were lost on the first day of the Test match, the second-highest number of wickets lost on the first day of a Test match.

The record of 25 wickets in a day dates back to a Test between Australia and England in 1902.

India’s One-of-a-Kind Collapse: W0W0W00W0WW! India became the first team in cricket history to lose six wickets in a row without scoring a single run. This unprecedented collapse occurred when India was sitting pretty at 153/4.

Duck Parade Sets a New Record: India had six ducks during their innings, which tied the record for the most ducks by a team in a single Test innings. Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, and New Zealand previously held this record.

Mohammed Siraj’s Fiery Spell: Mohammed Siraj emerged as the day’s hero, claiming a career-best 6/15 in South Africa’s first innings. His sublime display of pace and precision decimated the Proteas’ top and middle order.

Lungi Ngidi’s three-wicket over South Africa turned the game on its head, causing India’s batting collapse from a promising 153/4 to 153 all out in just 11 balls.

South Africa’s Struggle for Number One: South Africa faced a difficult session after opting to bat first, being bundled out for 55 runs in 23.2 overs. The Proteas’ batting lineup crumbled against India’s relentless bowling attack, except for Kyle Verreynne (15) and David Bedingham (12).

South Africa’s Lowest Total: South Africa’s total of 55 all out was their lowest against India in the longest format of the game.

India’s 23.2 overs to pick up 10 wickets is a new record for them after 25.1 overs to bowl out South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.

Dean Elgar’s Forgettable Farewell: Dean Elgar is only the second player, after Australia’s Jack Barrett in 1890, to be dismissed twice on the same day of his final Test.

Aiden Markram’s Resilience: In South Africa’s second innings, Aiden Markram stood out as the standout performer, finishing the day unbeaten with a resilient knock of 36. His contribution was significant because South Africa finished the day with a score of 62/3.

The chaotic yet historic day lays the groundwork for an enthralling continuation of the Test match, with cricket fans eagerly anticipating the unfolding drama at Newlands.

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