Second Test between IND and SA: Fiery Bumrah helps Team India escape the Cape Town curse

The visitors’ seven-wicket triumph, which also happens to be the shortest in Test history, is set up by the pacer’s six-for; Rohit’s team wins in 642 balls, surpassing Australia’s 1932 mark of 656 balls in Melbourne against the Proteas; the teams split the series 1-1.

India’s cricket players will return home with their heads held high, but for a while longer, the ultimate frontier will remain the final frontier. As anticipated, they completed the second Test on Thursday with plenty of time to spare, tying the two-Test series at one. On an extremely difficult track, Aiden Markram achieved an incredible hundred (106, 103b, 17×4, 2×6), but it could only postpone the inevitable. In the second session of the second day, India won by a seven-wicket margin. At the Newlands Cricket Ground, it was the team’s first-ever Test triumph.

It turned out to be the fastest Test victory ever. India defeated South Africa in Melbourne in 642 balls, breaking the previous mark of 656 balls set in 1932. Of course, statisticians have enjoyed this Test match just as much as batters have, but it has also been a headache for them. However, this was a chance for one individual to showcase his extraordinary talent. Markram was exceptionally intelligent. Most likely, he was playing the innings of his life. However, the visitors could win with just 79. After restarting at 62 for three, the South Africans were behind by 36. Jasprit Bumrah would not allow them to set a reasonable aim, despite their best efforts.

Even if the Indian captain didn’t play a big part in the opening innings, he wasn’t going to let this historic Test end without contributing significantly on his own. In the opening over of the day, he struck gold, dismissing David Bedingham, whose drive ended in K.L. Rahul’s gloves behind the stumps. Following Kyle Verreyne’s catch at mid-on by Mohammed Siraj, his new-ball partner, he produced a wonderful catch off his own bowling to send Marco Jansen back. Bumrah concluded with six for 61, his length and angles too much for the South African batsmen.

And Kohli is aware of the skill, determination, and focus required of a batter to prevail against a top-notch attack on a pitch like this. Upon reaching his hundred, Markram received a congrats from Kohli.

That would have been appreciated by Markram. And the graceful opener delighted the good-natured audience, who had come, presumably hoping for a miracle, to some exquisite batting. Markram made numerous excellent shots with excellent timing, the most of them were near the ground. He also accomplished some spectacular ground clearing on a few instances. Prasidh Krsihna hit the two sixes in the opening over of the innings.

The first was lofted over the bowler’s head, the second was dragged gloriously over square-leg.  In just 12 overs, India completed the chase, as Shreyas Iyers hit the game-winning shot off Jansen over mid-on.

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