4 Jan 2024

Intensified Discussion Surrounds India vs. South Africa Second Test as 23 Wickets Fall on Day 1; Tendulkar also said this

Intensified Discussion Surrounds India vs. South Africa Second Test as 23 Wickets Fall on Opening Day

The ongoing second test match between India and South Africa has become a hot topic on social media due to the remarkable occurrence of 23 wickets falling on the very first day.

Sachin Tendulkar joined the conversation, tweeting, "24 (Year 2024) started with the fall of 23 wickets in one day."

In a light-hearted remark, Tendulkar shared that he boarded a flight when the South African team was all out, and upon reaching home, they had already lost three more wickets. He playfully questioned, "What have I missed?" (In fact Team India played their innings ad were bundled out while Tendulkar was i the plane.)

Aakash Chopra raised concerns about the Cape Town grounds, suggesting a potential two-day Test match and urged everyone to avoid discussing the pitch.

In the match, South Africa, after winning the toss, chose to bat first but was restricted to just 55 runs. In response, the Indian batsmen posted a total of 153 runs, losing only four wickets. 

Captain Rohit Sharma scored 39, Shubman Gill contributed 36, and Virat Kohli made 46 runs. However, India's last six wickets fell without adding any more runs, including dismissals of KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Prasidh Krishna, and Mukesh Kumar.

The first two innings were concluded in only 349 balls, marking the second instance in Test cricket history where two innings concluded in so few deliveries. The previous occurrence was in 1902 during a match between Australia and England, which ended in 287 balls.

South African batsman Dean Elgar, playing his final match, faced a challenging first day, being dismissed twice with scores of four and 12 runs.

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