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Siraj rampant at Newlands as India dismiss Proteas for 55

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It was South Africa’s lowest total since 1932, and the lowest by any team against India.

India’s Mohammed Siraj (left) celebrates after the dismissal of South Africa’s Dean Elgar (unseen) during the first day of the second cricket Test match between South Africa and India at Newlands stadium in Cape Town on January 3, 2024. Picture: Rodger Bosch, AFP

South Africa collapsed to 55 all out in the first session of the second Test against India at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Having won the first Test in Centurion last week, the hosts had ensured they would continue their proud record of never losing a Test series on home soil to India.

However, South Africa will have their work cut out to avoid a loss in the second Test as the Proteas were bowled out inside the first session of play.

Mohammed Siraj was the chief destroyed as he claimed 6/15 in nine overs. Jasprit Bumrah (2/25) and Mukesh Kumar (2/0) both picked up two wickets each as the hosts were blown away.

Indian batter India batter KL Rahul on how he applied himself on day two of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.

Nothing to write home about

Kyle Verreynne top scored with 15, while David Bedingham made 12. No other South African batsman managed double figures.

It was South Africa’s lowest total since 1932, and the lowest by any team against India.

Earlier, Dean Elgar captained the side in his final bow in Test cricket, with regular skipper Temba Bavuma ruled out through injury.

Tristan Stubbs made his Test debut for South Africa, coming in for Bavuma. Lungi Ngidi comes in for Gerald Coetzee and Keshav Maharaj replaces Keegan Petersen.

Elgar and his teammates would have been motivated to put in a strong performance, following the announcement of an inexperienced SA squad which is set to take on hosts New Zealand in a two-Test series next month. The squad was widely criticised, among those critics was Australian legend Steve Waugh.

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