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'Badla pura hua' - Fans react as India defeat South Africa by 7 wickets in second Test

With this victory, the Indian team have levelled the series 1-1. This victory is also special as it makes the Indian team, the only Asian team to defeat South Africa at Newlands, Capetown.

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The Indian team made a remarkable comeback in the 2-match Test series as they registered a thumping victory against South Africa by eight wickets in the 2nd Test. With this victory, the Indian team have levelled the series 1-1. This victory is also special as it makes the Indian team, the only Asian team to defeat South Africa at Newlands, Capetown. In addition, it is also by far the fastest victory by any side in a Test match as per balls are concerned. This is also the second time since India have levelled the series on South African soil after 2011.

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Talking about the game, South Africa skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and elected to bat first. But the decision turned out to be wrong as the Indian bowling department breathed fire right from the word go. On a favourable first-day wicket, the South African batting lineup crumbled like a house of cards within the initial session, managing a mere 55 runs. This marks the lowest total for the Proteas since their return to cricket in 1992.

The chief architect of India's dominance was Mohammed Siraj, who dismantled the South African top order. The standout Indian pacer wreaked havoc on the South African batters, concluding their innings with an impressive six-wicket haul, conceding just 15 runs. The significance of his performance is evident as Siraj accounted for six out of the first seven South African wickets. Additionally, Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar also contributed with two wickets each.

In reply to the modest total, On Day 1 at Newlands, Cape Town, Wednesday witnessed a total of twenty-three wickets falling, with more expected to follow. The bowlers had a field day as South Africa and India clashed in the second Test. While Mohammed Siraj took the spotlight in the first half, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi dominated the second half. The dramatic collapse of Team India, going from 153/4 to 153/10 in the last 11 balls - W 0 W 0 W 0 0 W 0 W W - was an unbearable setback. Ultimately, India concluded the day with a lead of just 98 runs.

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Jasprit Bumrah star with a six-wicket haul

After the brain fade first innings from India, the host began their second innings hoping to improve on their first innings. Initially, they were looking good at 37/0 but the gates of wickets were opened by Mukesh Kumar who dismissed Dean Elgar in his final Test. But after that, the South African team kept on losing wickets at regular wickets. Aiden Markram emerged as the standout performer in the Test, showcasing resilience on a challenging pitch to score his seventh century, arguably his best. Opening the innings, he adapted well to the falling wickets, accelerating after Marco Jansen's dismissal. Markram's innings of 106 runs off 103 deliveries featured 17 boundaries and two sixes was the only highlight for South Africa. The entire team was bundled out for 176 runs.

The star of the show for India with the bowl was Jasprit Bumrah who registered his third fifer on South African soil. He ended the match with a bowling figure of 6/61. In reply to a small target of 79 runs, the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal came out all guns blazing. But against the run of play, Jaiswal fell for 28 runs off just 23 deliveries. But in the end, it was Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who ended the game with ease. 

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Let us look at how Twitter has reacted to this win from India;

 

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