Why was such a short test match held for the first time in 147 years?

By Vipin - 2024-01-05 13:04:07
Why was such a short test match held for the first time in 147 years?

India defeated South Africa by 7 wickets in the second test. Both the teams could bat only 107 overs including 4 innings. This was the shortest match in 147 years of Test history, which yielded a result. Rohit Sharma became the fourth Indian captain to win a Test in South Africa.

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first in Cape Town on Thursday, but the team was all out for 55 runs. India could also score only 153 runs in its first innings, although the team got a lead of 98 runs. South Africa could score only 176 runs in its second innings. The team was ahead by 78 runs, so India got the target of 79 runs. Team India achieved this in just 12 overs of the second session by losing 3 wickets.

Shortest Test in terms of overs

This was the shortest Test match in history in terms of overs bowled, in which the result was obtained. South Africa batted 60.1 overs (36.5 and 23.2) in the Cape Town Test. While India batted 46.5 (34.5 and 12) overs. That means the match ended in 107 overs only.

Earlier, the record of shortest Test was made in 1932. Then the Test between South Africa and Australia in Melbourne lasted only 109.2 overs. 656 balls were bowled in this match, which was won by Australia by an innings and 72 runs. Whereas in the match between India and South Africa only 642 balls were bowled.

2 tests did not last even for 5 days

Not even 5 days of play took place in the 2-Test series between South Africa and India. The first Test lasted for 3 days, which South Africa won by an innings and 32 runs. While the second Test ended in just one day and two sessions, India won it by 7 wickets. That means even including both the matches, 5 days of play could not be completed.

210.3 overs were bowled in the first Test and 108 overs were bowled in the second. That means 2 test matches ended in 318.3 overs. 90 overs are bowled in one day of Test, if we look at it accordingly then only 3 and a half days of overs can be bowled in the Test series, because even in 4 days a total of 360 overs are bowled.

India won the test for the first time in Cape Town


India won a Test for the first time at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. The team played 7 tests here, India lost 4, while 2 matches were also drawn. India played the first Test here in 1993. Rohit Sharma became the first Asian captain to win the Cape Town Test. Before them, no Asian team had been able to win a Test in Cape Town.

India drew series in South Africa after 14 years

With the win in the second test, the 2 test series became level at 1-1. South Africa won the first Test by an innings and 32 runs. Rohit Sharma became the second Indian captain to draw a Test series in South Africa. Earlier in 2010, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had also drawn the 3 test series 1-1.

With this, Rohit became the fourth Indian captain to win a Test in South Africa. Before him, only MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli could make India win the Test here. Dhoni and Dravid won 1 test each, while India won 2 tests under the captaincy of Kohli.

India won the match on the 58th ground

With the win at the Cape Town stadium, India became the country with the most number of Test wins at most grounds in the world. The team broke the record of Australia, who have won Tests on 57 grounds. India registered its 58th win on the ground with its win in the Cape Town Test.

Dean Elgar lost the last test of his career


Dean Elgar was captaining South Africa in the second Test. Regular captain Temba Bavuma could not play the match due to injury. Elgar had announced his retirement even before the series. In the first test, he scored 185 runs and led the team to victory.

In the second test, Elgar could play only innings of 4 and 12 runs. The team could not win the last match and series of his career. South African players gave a guard of honor to Elgar while coming out to field in the last innings. All the players stood up and clapped in respect of Elgar.

South Africa reached backfoot due to Bumrah's shock

South Africa continued its innings on the second day with a score of 62/3. Aiden Markram started playing with a score of 36 and David Bedingham started with a score of 7 runs. Jasprit Bumrah sent David Bedingham to the pavilion in the very first over. Bumrah finished his spell by taking 6 wickets.

Markram's century gave South Africa the lead

South Africa batted 19.5 overs in the first session and lost its remaining 7 wickets by scoring 114 runs. Aiden Markram played an inning of 106 runs. On the basis of his century, South Africa scored 176 runs in 36.5 overs. The team got a lead of 78 runs, due to which India got the target of 79 runs.

India adopted attacking approach, won the test in 12 overs

Seeing the target of 79 runs, Team India adopted an attacking approach. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal hit a four on the very first ball. Along with captain Rohit Sharma, he scored 11 runs in the first over. Yashasvi continued his attacking approach and hit 6 fours in quick succession.

Yashasvi became the victim of Nandre Berger after scoring 28 runs in 23 balls. After him, Shubman Gill was out after scoring 10 runs and Virat Kohli was out after scoring 12 runs. Kagiso Rabada and Marco Janson also got 1-1 wicket. In the end, Rohit along with Shreyas Iyer took the team to victory at the loss of 3 wickets in 12 overs.

23 wickets fell in 3 innings on the first day


23 wickets fell on the first day. The fast bowlers of both the teams took all the wickets. South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, but the team was all out for 55 runs. Mohammad Siraj took 6 wickets from India.

Team India also could not do anything special in its first innings and was limited to 153 runs. However, the team got a lead of 98 runs. Virat Kohli scored 46 runs, while 7 batsmen could not even open the account. 3 bowlers of South Africa took 3-3 wickets. South Africa started its second innings in the third session itself. By the end of the day's play, the team had scored 62 runs at the loss of 3 wickets.

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