Siraj steam roller dumb Proteas

Henry

Sometimes when a captain wins the toss and decides to bat or bowl first, he runs the risk that things could go badly wrong for him and his team.

Today was such a day for the Proteas.

Because barely two hours after Dean Elgar won the toss and decided to bat first at Newlands, all the batsmen were back in the dressing room.

South Africa have just been bowled out for 55 runs in a sunny Cape Town and Mohammed Siraj has pretty much wreaked havoc on you.

The 29-year-old fast bowler impressed with his attacking line and length and he boasts a remarkable bowling analysis of 6/15 in nine great overs.

He got rid of Elgar, Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi and David Bedingham, among others.

To quickly put things into perspective: Only Bedingham (12) and Kyle Verreynne (15) could scrape together more than ten runs in the South African innings.

It wasn’t so much a collapse, because for something to collapse you at least need a foundation or something similar – the best partnership in the disastrous Protea innings was the 19 runs Bedingham and Verreynne were able to score together.

One can’t really find fault with Elgar’s decision to bat first either: The pitch looked dry and with the hot Cape sun baking on it, the cracks would probably have gotten bigger and made batting considerably more difficult.

He would have been very satisfied with a first innings score of 280 runs.

But certainly not 55 all out.

This is South Africa’s lowest score since 1932, when Australia bowled out the national cricket team for 36 runs in Melbourne.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

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