India move to top of WTC points table after 7-wicket win against South Africa in 2nd Test

India had slipped to sixth position after their embarrassing innings and 32-run loss in the first Test in Centurion.

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Team India scripted history on Thursday with a seven-wicket victory against South Africa in the second Test of the 2023-24 tour. The Men in Blue managed to level a Test series in the rainbow for the second time in their history and also became the first Asian side to secure a Test victory in Cape Town. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj's outstanding bowling effort was the main force behind this emphatic win. 


Following the conclusion of the series, which lasted just 1.5 days, there was a huge movement in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table. India had slipped to sixth position after their embarrassing innings and 32-run loss in the first Test in Centurion. However, their heroics at the Newlands Cricket Ground saw them climb to the No. 1 spot. 

As the series ended 1-1, both teams got 12 points each. India now have 26 points and a win percentage of 54.16. They have secured two wins from four matches in the 2023-24 WTC cycle. Meanwhile, South Africa slipped from first to fifth place. With the latest defeat, their points percentage has come down to 50 from 100.

Former WTC champions New Zealand and Australia are third and fourth in the standings. Sri Lanka are at the bottom of the table as they are yet to win a Test match in this cycle. 


Check out the updated WTC 2023-25 points table

   Pos Team  Matches Won Lost  Drawn Points  PCT
   1 India 4 2 1 1 26 54.16
   2 South Africa  2 1 1 0 12 50.0
   3 New Zealand 2 1 1 0 12 50.0
   4 Australia 7 4 2 1 42 50.0
   5 Bangladesh 2 1 1 0 12 50.0
   6 Pakistan  4 2 2 0 22 45.83
   7 West Indies  2 0 1 1 4 16.67
   8 England 5 2 2 1 9 15.0
   9 Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 0 0.0

Jasprit Bumrah shares POTS with Dean Elgar


Bumrah was the star in the second innings as he destroyed the Proteas batting unit by taking six wickets. With both innings combined, the right-arm pacer took eight wickets and shared the Player of the Series award with Dean Elgar, who scored a magnificent 185 runs in the first innings. 

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Bumrah said: "We knew that if we want to do well in foreign conditions, we'll have to bowl a lot more and consistently. In India, the spinners do a lot more work. The vision started from there. Our team is also going through a transition. Lot of the bowlers have been changed, but the message is still the same, you have to keep fighting. It's not easy playing in South Africa, different conditions, the crowd is also something. We fought it out in the last game as well. It's difficult to keep coming at it because it requires a lot of strength and patience. If you lose it, in one session, the game goes out of your hand."

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