India overcame a first innings batting collapse to level the two-match Test series by beating South Africa by seven wickets at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.
With this win, Rohit Sharma became just the second Indian skipper after MS Dhoni to avoid a Test series defeat in South Africa. Prior to this series, India had lost seven and drawn one Test series in South Africa since 1992. Interestingly, this was also India’s first-ever Test win in Cape Town.
The match ended in just five sessions of play, making it the shortest Test with a result in terms of overs bowled. The previous shortest Test was played between Australia and South Africa in 1932, when the Aussies came out on top in a match that lasted for 109.2 overs in Melbourne.
This match ended in 107.1 overs, with South Africa’s first innings lasting 23.2 overs, India’s first innings lasting 34.5 overs, South Africa batting for 37 overs in their second innings, and India chasing down the target in 12 overs, making for a total of 107.1 overs being bowled in Cape Town.
Users across the social media haild India for the historic win. Some of them were:
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are the only captain to draw Test Series in South Africa
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