In a stunning collapse for Team India during the first innings of the second Test in Cape Town, the visitors lost six wickets in the astonishingly short span of just 11 balls without adding a single run to their total. The decline began when Lungi Ngidi dismissed KL Rahul for 9 in the 34th over with India at 153/4. Ngidi continued his deadly spell by picking up two more wickets in the remaining five balls of the over, dismissing Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah, both without scoring a run.
Kagiso Rabada compounded India's misery by claiming two more wickets in the following over. He quickly defeated the impressive Virat Kohli for 46 off the first ball and then orchestrated the unfortunate dismissal of Mohammed Siraj. Rabada then sealed India's innings by dismissing Prasidh Krishna, creating an outside advantage which Aiden Markram safely caught at slip.
Team India's collapse felt surreal and unfolded in a way that exceeded all expectations. Initially, the duo of Kohli and Rahul had shown resilience at the start of the last session, especially with Virat Kohli. The Indian batting star showed his trademark determination and hit 46 with a series of boundaries. KL Rahul had looked solid during his time at the crease despite a slow start. However, the pitch conditions characterized by uneven bounce posed major challenges for the Indian team.
But while the conditions were difficult, the nature of the collapse was almost unthinkable given the power of the Indian line-up. Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja fell victim to bouncing balls, with Marco Jansen's spectacular diving catch at slips dismissing the left-handed all-rounder. Jasprit Bumrah suffered a similar fate as he also handed over his wicket to a bulging ball.
After a valiant attempt, Kohli missed an outside edge which was brilliantly caught by Aiden Markram at second slip. After Kohli's departure, layoffs occurred quickly. The collapse ended in the same over and culminated in a shocking sight when six Indian batters – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna – were all dismissed for a duck while Mukesh Kumar remained unbeaten remained 0.
The collapse came after the day's bizarre incidents saw the hosts bowled out for just 55 in the first innings. Mohammed Siraj played a crucial role by taking six wickets in an exceptional bowling performance while Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar contributed with two wickets each. The Indian seamers found the right line and length from the start as they ran through the home team's batting line-up in 23.2 overs, posting South Africa's lowest Test score since 1932 after electing to bat. It was also the Proteas' lowest score in Tests against India.
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