New Delhi. In the final Test of the three-match Test series played between India and South Africa, the visiting team won and won the series 2-1. South Africa defeated India by 7 wickets in the Cape Town Test and with this the dream of winning the Test series in South Africa remained as a dream for India.
In this series, the fast bowlers kept their pressure continuously and it was very difficult for the batsmen of both the teams. During the Cape Town Test, such a record has been registered in the Indian cricket team, which has been made for the first time in 145 years of Test history (1st team in 145 years of Test Cricket).
No team could ever make such a record in 145 year old history
The Cape Town Test was no different for the Indian batting unit, with batsmen struggling in both the innings. Apart from Rishabh Pant’s century in the second innings and Virat Kohli’s 79 runs in the first innings, other batsmen could hardly walk. India scored 223 and 198 in the first and second innings respectively. In the process of their two disappointing performances with the bat in the deciding match of the series, the Indian cricket team set a bizarre record. Team India has made such a record, which no team has ever been able to make in the 145-year-old history of Test cricket.
India lost 20 wickets by catch out in Cape Town
All 20 wickets of India were caught out in the Cape Town Test, which is the first time in the history of Test cricket. Neither Indian batsman was bowled, nor lbw out or run out in both the innings. No team has ever lost all 20 wickets for catches in a match. The first such turn has happened in 2022 and has happened with the Indian team. However, five times in the past, a team had lost 19 wickets in a Test match by catches.
5 times the record of going by the catch of 19 wickets has been made
This happened twice with England in the Ashes Test against Australia in Brisbane in 1982 and 2013. Apart from this, Pakistan also became a victim of this against Australia during the Sydney Test match in 2009-10 tour. South Africa had to suffer a similar loss while playing against England in Cape Town in 2019-20. Whereas the same happened with India during their tour of South Africa in 2010-11.
South Africa broke India’s dream of winning the series for the first time
Talking about the match, South Africa, with its disciplined and excellent performance, turned the dream of conquering the world’s number one team India into a nightmare. South Africa had a target of 212 runs, which they achieved by losing three wickets. Keegan Pietersen (82 runs in 113 balls) played an important role in this. He laid a strong foundation on the third day by sharing a 78-run partnership with captain Dean Elgar (30). Pietersen added 52 runs with Rossi von der Dussen (41 not out) on the morning of the fourth day to dash India’s hopes. The unbroken 57-run partnership between von der Dussen and Temba Vavuma (32 not out) was completed.
India lost the series in South Africa for the seventh time
India had a great chance of winning the series for the first time in South Africa. He started off brilliantly, winning the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs, but lost the second match at Johannesburg by seven wickets. In this way, India lost the Test series in South Africa for the seventh time. Meanwhile, he once leveled the series 1-1 in 2010-11.
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