Bowlers fight back fiercely


What an amazing day’s play.

A total of 23 wickets fell on the first day of the second Test between South Africa and India in Cape Town.

South Africa were bowled out for a paltry 55 runs after Dean Elgar decided to bat first. Kyle Verreynne’s innings of 15 runs was the best among the home side’s batsmen.

After that the India batting effort got off to a bright start and with the score at 153/4 they already enjoyed a lead of 98 runs.

But Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada had other plans and in no time they took a number of wickets.

The Indians lost their last six wickets without scoring a single run and they were bowled out for exactly 153 runs.

Shortly after Rabada took the last wicket, Elgar ran off the field with Aiden Markram to put on their leg-spinners for the second time on the same day.

The two South Africans played better than in the first innings, but after a delivery here, a hit to the glove there and a few action-packed moments, Elgar was the first batsman to make his way back to the dressing room.

Mukesh Kumar found the outside edge of the Protea veteran’s bat and Virat Kohli took advantage of the catch in the slips.

It was Elgar’s last international innings for South Africa and the Indian players ran closer to give him a pat on the shoulder.

He represented South Africa in 86 Tests and scored more than 5,300 Test runs.

A determined Markram and David Bedingham will resume the Protea innings at 62/3 tomorrow, but the home team still need to score 36 runs before India have to bat again.

This test may not see a third day.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 55/10 in 23.2 overs: Kyle Verreynne 15, Mohammed Siraj 6/15 and Mukesh Kumar 2/0.

India 153/10 in 34.5 overs: Virat Kohli 46, Lungi Ngidi 3/30 and Kagiso Rabada 3/38.

South Africa 62/3 after 17 overs: Aiden Markram 36* and Mukesh Kumar 2/25.