'Badle ki aag'- Fans react as South Africa get all out for 55 in first innings of 2nd Test against India

South Africa get bowled out for 55 in the first innings at Cape Town against India in the 2nd Test. Record lowest total for the Proteas at this venue and a tough ask of the bowlers.

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The 2nd Test between South Africa and India started with a shocker in the first innings as South Africa got bowled out for 55. This is the 7th lowest total for South Africa in Test matches and their lowest total at the Newlands in Cape Town. This was a shocker since this was the same team that gave India a thrashing in the 1st game at Centurion. The South African batters shot selection was all over the place and were losing wickets in a hurry. Finishing their first inning on a very low total is going to make it difficult for the bowlers to make up for that when the Indian batters come to the crease. The Indian bowlers have created history and will be full of confidence coming back after the innings break.

The Indian bowlers were spot on in this match bowling with consistent lines and lengths and not giving any room to the South African batters. They blazed through the South Africa batting lineup and bowled with great persistence and energy. The India batters still have to come into bat and score some runs, but they will surely come with positive intent knowing how their bowlers have put them in the game straight away. This is still a great comeback from India after the disappointing Boxing Day Test match at Centurion and they will be looking to dominate this game further. 

Siraj the hero

The hero of the first innings so far is none other than Mohammed Siraj with his tremendous display of bowling in his 9-over spell. Siraj finished with figures of 6-15 in his 9 overs with 3 maidens and an economy of just 1.7. This is also the best figure for Siraj in Test cricket and this is another achievement in his illustrious career so far. The first victim of Siraj was Aiden Markram who was caught poking at a delivery outside off stump and gave a catch to third slip. The second wicket was the big one of South Africa captain and hero Dean Elgar who chopped it onto his stumps trying to force a drive through covers. Except for the wicket of Tony De Zorzi which was slightly lucky the last three wickets of Siraj were absolute Jaffa’s once again.

This will be another moment to cherish for Siraj. The 29-year-old pacer from Hyderabad has enjoyed every moment with the ball in the first innings. This is a spell showing what Siraj is capable of with the ball when he gets it in the right areas and swings the ball. His experience and talent have been a great asset to the Indians. Hopefully, his form continues and he will be a force to be reckoned with in the India pace battery. It is all looking onward and upward for Siraj in Test matches and he will look to continue his good form.

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