Mukesh Kumar showcased his prowess by claiming the crucial wicket of South Africa's captain, Dean Elgar, putting the visitors on the back foot early in the Cape Town Test.
Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah displayed their bowling prowess, causing havoc in the South African batting line-up on the first day of the second Test. The duo rattled the opposition, setting the tone for India's comeback after their defeat in the first Test at Centurion.
Tanishq Vaddi provides real-time updates on the IND vs. SA 2nd Test, keeping cricket enthusiasts abreast of the unfolding events at Newlands, Cape Town
Mohammed Siraj emerged as the star performer, celebrating a five-wicket haul that included crucial dismissals, such as Aiden Markram and the prized wicket of Dean Elgar. His relentless accuracy troubled the South African batsmen throughout the innings.
India faced a dramatic collapse, losing six wickets for zero runs, ultimately being bundled out for 153. Despite the lower-order collapse, they managed to secure a lead of 98 runs, showcasing the competitive nature of the match.
After tea, South African bowlers staged a strong comeback, preventing the hosts from running away with the game. The disciplined bowling attack restricted India's lead, keeping the match finely balanced.
Siraj set the tone early in the game by dismissing Aiden Markram in the fourth over, aided by a brilliant catch from Yashasvi Jaiswal at the third slip. The subsequent dismissal of captain Dean Elgar added to South Africa's woes
Both teams made strategic changes to their line-ups. South Africa included Lungi Ngidi, Tristan Stubbs, and spinner Keshav Maharaj, while India opted for Ravindra Jadeja in place of R Ashwin and Mukesh Kumar replacing Shardul Thakur
Siraj's brilliance continued as he orchestrated the fall of wickets at regular intervals, putting immense pressure on the South African batting order. The day unfolded with India gaining an upper hand despite their lower-order collapse