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Statistical Highlights from the Newlands Test between India & South Africa

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Statistical Highlights from the Newlands Test. Records made and broken in Cape Town test.

India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: Statistical Highlights from the Newlands Test. Records made and broken in Cape Town test. Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©X_Twitter)
Statistical Highlights: India became first Asian team to win a Test match at Newlands (Photo: ©X/Twitter)

India’s tour of South Africa concluded with a Test victory for the visiting team at Newlands as they squared the 2-match Test series 1-1. With the result, India walked away undefeated in this tour having already won the ODI series and gained a draw in T20Is.

This was a close tour as the scoreline suggests but the final game at Capetown tops in terms of drama and will be remembered in years to come in the annals of Test cricket, despite not lasting long.

We will see more in detail in the record listicles down below.


Statistical highlights from the 2nd Test between South Africa and India at Newlands

  • With this win, India became the first Asian team to win a Test match at Newlands, Capetown. This is their first win in seven attempts on the ground and 5th win in South African soil.

  • India breaks a 5-match losing streak post their win against South Africa at Newlands. They had lost 5 successive Tests at SENA before this game and 3 of them came in South Africa.

  • This match forever entered the record for being the shortest completed Test match in terms of balls bowled. Finished in 1.5 days, the Test match lasted for a mere 107 overs (642 balls), the lowest ever in history.

  •  India’s 7-wicket win at Capetown also meant they level the series 1-1 and it’s only the 2nd instance of India drawing level a series in South Africa. The previous occasion was in 2010/11 when MS Dhoni led India's side and drew the series 1-1.

  • They have now won at least a Test match in each of their last 3 tours to the Rainbow Nation.

  • Dean Elgar who played the last of his 86 Test matches becomes the fourth SA batter to score 1000+ Test runs against India after Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, and Hashim Amla. He ended with a run tally of 1012 against India in 15 Tests at an average of 40.48 with 2 centuries.

  • Mohammed Siraj who took 6/15 in the first innings of the Test. He now has the third-best bowling figure for India against the Proteas in South Africa and the 6th best overall by an India player against them. 

  • Siraj’s 6/15 is the second-best bowling figure for India at Newlands. Jasprit Bumrah’s 6/61 in the 2nd innings, became the 3rd best.

  • 55 all-out in the first innings was South Africa’s lowest team total in Tests played in the post-apartheid era and their lowest against India. Overall, it is their 8th lowest total in Test cricket.

South Africa vs India, Cape Town Test, Day 1_ Mohammed Siraj took 6-15 in first innings against South Africa_ Walking Wicket (Photo_ ©X_Twitter)
Mohammed Siraj took 6-15 in first innings against South Africa (Photo: ©X/Twitter)

  • India became the first team to lose six wickets without scoring a run in Tests. This happened on the first day of the Test match.

  • 23 wickets fell on Day 1 making it the 2nd most wicket tally in the 147-year history of Test cricket on the opening day and the joint 4th most overall.

  • India took 23.2 overs to bundle out South Africa in the first innings, the least ever they have bowled to dismiss an opponent in a Test inning.

  • Jasprit Bumrah becomes the highest wicket-taker (17) for India against SA in Cape Town and is third on the list of visiting bowlers with the most test wickets at Newlands. 

  • Jasprit Bumrah has the joint-highest five wickets hauls (3) against South Africa on their soil. He owns this record along with Javagal Srinath among Indian bowlers.

  • With his best match figures of 8/86 in South Africa, Bumrah has the third most test wickets (38) for India in the African nation. He has played 8 games and has a stunning average of 20.76 across the 3 tours.

  • Aiden Markram’s superlative century went in vain, but he created some record of sorts. Markram made 106 runs off SA’s 176 runs in the 2nd innings, which means he has smashed 60.22% of the team’s runs all alone, making it the highest percentage of runs in a completed innings for South Africa.

  • Jasprit Bumrah recorded his ninth fifer in Tests and has the joint-fourth highest fifers (8) for India in away Tests. Ravi Ashwin and Zaheer Khan also have 8 Test fifers away from home.


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