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Updated January 4th, 2024 at 17:30 IST

India and South Africa break 91-year-old record, 2nd Test is now shortest Test in cricket history

IND vs SA: Only 642 balls were bowled in the match which made it the shortest Test, breaking a record held by Australia and South Africa from 1932.

India beat South Africa in 2nd Test inside 2 days
India beat South Africa in 2nd Test inside 2 days | Image:Disney Hotstar
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The second Test match between India and South Africa has been in the news due to a variety of factors. First, it was Mohammed Siraj's six-wicket haul, then it was India's stunning collapse from 153/4 to 153/10 and then it was Aiden Markram's century. However, one thing has been common and that is the performance of the Newlands pitch in Cape Town. The track in Newlands behaved very oddly and it did not seem to be a pitch fit enough for a five-day Test. And it resulted in history being created in the India vs South Africa 2nd Test.

3 things you need to know

  • India beat South Africa by 7 wickets in the 2nd Test
  • IND vs SA 2nd Test is the shortest Test match in history
  • Only 642 balls were bowled in the match

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India vs South Africa 2nd Test turns out to be the shortest Test in the history of cricket

The 2nd Test between India and South Africa was the shortest Test match in the history of cricket in terms of overs being bowled. Only 642 balls were bowled in the match which made it the shortest Test, breaking a record held by Australia and South Africa from 1932. Only 656 balls were bowled in the AUS vs SA Test in Melbourne in 1932 and after almost 91 years that record was broken by India and South Africa in Cape Town. However, it was India that prevailed in testing conditions. 

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IND vs SA: India beat South Africa by 7 wickets

India beat South Africa by seven wickets to share the honours in the two-match series as the second Test ended inside five sessions here on Thursday.

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Visiting India thus completed a remarkable comeback after losing the first Test in Centurion by an innings and 32 runs.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah finished with excellent figures of 6/61 as India bowled South Africa out for 176 to set themselves a target of 79, after Aiden Markram had struck a magnificent, counterattacking 106 off 103 balls before lunch.

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The hosts completed the chase in the second session with skipper Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer remaining not out on 17 and 4 respectively.

This is the shortest Test match ever in terms of overs bowled, bettering the previous best that involved Australia and South Africa at the MCG way back in 1932.

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A total of 106.2 overs were bowled in the match.

Earlier, India's pace spearhead Bumrah bowled beautifully after the opening day's play saw a staggering 23 wickets fall on a very quick Newlands surface with inconsistent bounce.

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India had collapsed to 153 all out in their first innings in the final session of day one after skittling out South Africa for 55.

South Africa were 62 for three overnight, trailing by 36 runs.

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Brief Scores: South Africa: 55 and 176 all out in 36.5 overs (Aiden Markram 106; Jasprit Bumrah 6/61).

India: 153 all out and 80/3 in 12 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 28).

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(with PTI inputs)

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 17:30 IST

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