SA vs IND: India loses 6 wickets for 0 runs in 11 balls

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Lungi Ngidi triggered the collapse in the 34th over by picking three wickets

Vishal Singh Jan. 4, 2024

Insights of Day 1:

  • Lungi Ngidi's aggressive spell, including the hat trick, turned the direction of the match upside-down.
  • India's fragile lower order proved to be their weakest spot, failing to take benefit of the strong start provided by the top order.
  • South Africa's bowlers, despite conceding a low score themselves, showed tremendous efforts and fighting spirit.

India's Stunning Collapse -

The cricketing world witnessed a dramatic turn of events on Day 1 of the Cape Town Test between India and South Africa. After making South Africans surrender for 55, the lowest-ever score by a team against India in Tests, Rohit Sharma's team was dismantled in the afternoon session, crumbling from a comfortable 153/4 to an all-out 153/10.

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The partnership between Virat Kohli (46) and KL Rahul (8) put India in control, adding 43 runs for the 5th wicket. However, Lungi Ngidi's dismissal of Rahul triggered a disastrous downfall. The Indian lower order often called a "long tail," crumbled like a deck of cards, failing to add even a single run after Rahul's ticket to the pavilion.

Ngidi emerged as the savior for Proteans, claiming a stunning hat-trick of wickets - Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah - in a single maiden over. Along with Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada and Nandre Burger contributed in fetching vital wickets, limiting India's lead despite their pitiful first-inning total.

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This match-turning collapse, which was the first time 6 wickets had fallen on the same wicket in a single Test innings, gave South Africa a lifeline. After staring at a huge deficit, the Proteas now have a chance to fight back in the Test.