Mohammed Siraj’s Six-Wicket Haul Decimates South Africa in Lowest Test Total Against India

Mohammed Siraj’s remarkable six-wicket haul leads India’s exceptional display, restricting South Africa to their lowest-ever Test total against India. Explore Siraj’s devastating performance and India’s dominant bowling that stunned South Africa.

The second Test between India and South Africa at Newlands Cricket Ground witnessed a stunning display of bowling from Mohammed Siraj, who wreaked havoc on the hosts’ batting line-up, restricting them to a mere 55 runs in just 23.2 overs on the first day’s morning session.

Siraj capitalized on the pitch’s movement, delivering an impeccable bowling performance. His fiery nine-over spell resulted in a career-best figure of 6-15. He received support from Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar, each claiming two wickets, while the fielders complemented the bowlers with crucial catches.

South Africa’s dismal total of 55 marks the lowest ever against India in Tests and stands as their lowest Test score since 1932.

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Opting to bat first after winning the toss, South African captain Dean Elgar‘s decision backfired as the team crumbled swiftly. Siraj initiated his devastating spell by dismissing Aiden Markram with a good length delivery edged to third slip.

Continuing the onslaught, Siraj and Bumrah pressurized Elgar with tight deliveries. The plan bore fruit as Elgar’s attempted shot off a wide delivery resulted in him chopping onto the stumps.

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Utilizing attacking lengths and close-in fielders, Siraj and Bumrah continued to dominate. Debutant Tristan Stubbs fell to a Bumrah delivery, edging to short leg, while Tony de Zorzi offered a catch to wicketkeeper KL Rahul off Siraj’s bowling, leaving South Africa reeling at 29/4 in the initial hour.

Siraj further displayed his prowess by dismissing David Bedingham and Marco Jansen in quick succession. Mukesh Kumar joined the party, claiming a wicket by inducing Keshav Maharaj’s dismissal.

As the innings concluded, Nandre Burger fell to Bumrah, while Mukesh dismissed Kagiso Rabada, sealing South Africa’s collapse and India’s jubilant performance.