India Clinch Their First Victory In Cape Town: India VS South Africa

India Clinch Their First Victory In Cape Town: India VS South Africa

India began the new year with a victory and leveled the series after 2010. It would have been better if there was a decider match so that India might get a chance to win the series on South African soil.

Earlier on day 1, South Africa won the toss and chose to bat. They made 3 changes to the playing eleven. Tristan Stubbs made his debut, and Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj joined the eleven. 

India made 2 changes. Ravindra Jadeja returned in place of Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur made way for Mukesh Kumar who has been exceptional in first-class cricket.

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Indian Pacers Took The Matter Into Their Own Hands

Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah breathed fire and the SA batters didn’t have a chance to stand against them. Unlike the previous test, Siraj used the bounce in the pitch instead of going for the swing. 

Indian bowlers restricted South Africa for 55 in the first innings which is their lowest total ever in a test. Mohammed Siraj picked 6 wickets and Mukesh Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah aided him. They picked 2 wickets each in the first innings

India was better when they started the innings. Even though Yashasvi Jaiswal went for a duck, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave a solid stand. Virat Kohli played his part but he too failed to convert his good start. Before the start of the 3rd session, India was 154/4. 

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Then something astounding happened. Indian batters were sent to the pavilion one after the other without even conceding a single run by the Proteas bowlers. 

A total of six Indian batters were ducks the other day and a total of 23 wickets fell on the 1st day of the match. This match became a place for both teams to create their worst batting records.

Earlier on the 2nd day, Aiden Markram was impressive for the host but he didn’t get enough support on the other end as wickets were piling on top of others. He scored a brilliant hundred – 106 of 103 balls. 

It was the first time in history that a batter scored a hundred where none of his teammates reached 20 in either innings. Aiden was put down by KL Rahul at 73 and he did some damage by hitting a century. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Indian team from emerging victorious. 

South Africa was bowled out for 176 and set a target of 79 for India. This time it was Jasprit Bumrah who helped India to restrict the host and took a 6fer which is his 9th in his career. India started their innings with a clear mindset, “ Finish it off asap”. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma played aggressively and both of them went for boundaries. 

And finally, India won by 7 wickets and leveled the series 1-1.

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Areas Of Concern

Even though India won the match there are some areas India needs to improve and learn from this match. Unlike the previous test India shined in the bowling department but terribly failed in the batting department in the first innings. 

Most of the batters got out in the same manner which is in the gully region caught by the tall man Marco Jansen. This shows that Indian batters are going for a drive and miss-timed it frequently. 

India was in a comfortable position before tea but no one even scored a single run after that. India had a good chance to defeat the Proteas by an innings, but they missed that chance by getting bowled for 153.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, if he wished to be a successful batter in the test, surely needed to change his approach towards this format. 

He didn’t score in the first innings, but he would have finished the second innings by himself if he had played a little more patiently and he was even dropped on the second ball of the innings. He could’ve avoided that situation if he had played a little more cautiously.

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Shreyas Iyer is wasting his golden opportunity whenever he is out in the middle for batting. He has certain technical flaws which need to be rectified within the next England series or the board might consider someone else in his place. 

Ups and Downs are part of the game, but he is failing because he lacks some skills that are essential for an international batter.

Conclusion

India definitely had the potential to win the series, but they somehow managed to level the series after the terrible loss at the Centurion. Through this victory, they keep their hopes alive for the WTC race and stay on top of the table.

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