Stats: Highest wicket taker on first day in 122 years

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India tour of South Africa, 2023-24

South Africa's score of 55 runs is the lowest score against India in Tests.

South Africa’s score of 55 runs is the lowest score against India in Test ©Getty

A look at all the key statistics from the first day of the ongoing second Test between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town:

23 – A total of 23 wickets fell in Cape Town on Wednesday, the second highest on the opening day of a Test match in the game’s 147-year history, behind the 25 wickets recorded on the first day of the second Ashes 1901/02 Test . Australia and England in Melbourne. This also became the record for the joint highest wicket take in a single day in a Test match in South Africa, as well as the joint highest wicket take in a Test match played at the same venue between the hosts and Australia in 2011. Became a player.

Most wickets in a single day in Test

team 1 team 2 Day wickets Run place, year
England Australia 2 27 157 Lord’s, 1888
Australia England 1 25 221 Melbourne, 1902
England Australia 2 24 255 The Oval, 1896
India afghanistan 2 24 339 Bengaluru, 2018
South Africa Australia 2 23 294 Cape Town, 2011
South Africa India 1 23 270 Cape Town, 2024

Most wickets on the first day of test

team 1 team 2 wickets Run place, year
Australia England 25 221 Melbourne, 1902
South Africa India 23 270 Cape Town, 2024
England Australia 22 197 The Oval, 1890
Australia west indies 22 207 Adelaide, 1951
South Africa England 21 278 Gqebarha, 1896

55 The run scored by South Africa in its first innings is the lowest against India in Tests, seven less than the score scored by New Zealand in Mumbai in 2021.

Lowest all out score against India in Test

score Team Inn place, year
55 South Africa 1 Cape Town, 2024
62 new zealand 2 Mumbai WS, 2021
79 South Africa 2 Nagpur, 2015
81 England 3 Ahmedabad, 2021
82 Sri Lanka 2 Chandigarh, 1990

23.2 The overs taken by India to bowl out South Africa in the first innings are the fewest ever to bowl out an opponent in Tests. Their previous record was 25.1 overs when they bowled out the same team for 84 runs in Johannesburg in 2006 to register their first Test win in the country.

8 There have been instances of South Africa recording a total of 55 or less in Tests, the highest for any team, followed by five each for Australia, England and New Zealand. Interestingly, of the 36 instances of teams being bowled out for 55 or less in Tests, seven have come in Cape Town, the most at any venue, followed by Lord’s with six.

Overall, this was South Africa’s eighth lowest score in Tests, and their lowest since World War II.

Lowest all-out total for South Africa in Tests

score Turn rival place, year
30 4 England Gqebarha, 1896
30 2 England Birmingham, 1924
35 4 England Cape Town, 1899
36 1 Australia Melbourne, 1932
43 3 England Cape Town, 1889
45 3 Australia Melbourne, 1932
47 2 England Cape Town, 1889
55 1 India Cape Town, 2024

South Africa’s lowest all-out total since re-entry

score Turn rival place, year
55 1 India Cape Town, 2024
73 4 Sri Lanka Galle, 2018
79 2 India Nagpur, 2015
83 3 England Johannesburg, 2016
84 2 India Johannesburg, 2006

9 – South Africa’s dismissal for 55 runs is the ninth lowest score in the first innings in Tests. Three of the last four cases – between September 1948 and January 2024 – have occurred in Cape Town.

Lowest innings total in the first innings of a test match

score Team rival place, year
36 South Africa Australia Melbourne, 1932
42 new zealand Australia Wellington, 1946
43 bangladesh west indies North Sound, 2018
45 England Australia Sydney, 1887
45 new zealand South Africa Cape Town, 2013
52 England Australia The Oval, 1948
53 Australia England Lord’s, 1896
54 zimbabwe South Africa Cape Town, 2005
55 South Africa India Cape Town, 2024

6-15 – Mohammed Siraj’s bowling returns are the third best for an India bowler in Tests in South Africa, behind Shardul Thakur’s 7-61 in Johannesburg in 2022 and Harbhajan Singh’s 7-120 in the 2011 New Year Test in Cape Town.

15 The runs conceded by Mohammed Siraj are the second fewest by any Indian bowler taking six wickets in an innings in Tests, and the fourth fewest by taking five wickets in an innings.

Least expensive Test five-wicket haul for India (in terms of runs conceded)

Return overs were bowled bowler rival place, year
5/7 8 Jasprit Bumrah west indies North Sound, 2019
6/12 17.5 Venkatapathy Raju Sri Lanka Chandigarh, 1990
5/13 4.3 Harbhajan Singh west indies Kingston, 2006
6/15 9 Mohammad Siraj South Africa Cape Town, 2024
5/18 6 Subhash Gupte Pakistan Dhaka, 1955

9 The overs bowled by Mohammed Siraj are the fewest by any bowler for India to take six wickets in Tests. The previous record was held by Venkatesh Prasad, who took 6/33 in 10.2 overs against Pakistan in Chennai in 1999.

India's last five pairs added 0 partnership runs in their innings

India’s last five pairs added 0 partnership runs in their innings ©AFP

6 Wickets fell at 153 in the Indian innings, the most notable batting collapse in Test history. Never before has any team lost so many wickets at a particular score in a Test innings.

Most wickets falling at a particular score in a Test innings

Wicket score For against place, year
6 153/4 to 153/10 India South Africa Cape Town, 2024
5 37/2 to 37/7 new zealand Australia Wellington, 1946
5 59/4 to 59/9 new zealand Pakistan Rawalpindi CC, 1965
5 133/2 to 133/7 new zealand South Africa Hamilton, 2012
5 134/5 to 134/10 bangladesh zimbabwe Harare, 2013

The partnership runs added by India’s last five pairs in their innings is the first such instance for any team in the history of Test cricket. Before today, the lowest partnership total for the previous five pairs in an all-out Test innings was 3 runs by England against Australia in Melbourne in 1990, followed by 4 runs by New Zealand against Pakistan in Auckland in 2001.

6 India being out for a duck in their first innings is a joint record in Tests. He had earlier made the same record against England in Manchester in 2014.

Record of most dismissals for zero in a test innings

Duck For against place, year
6 Pakistan west indies Karachi, 1980
6 South Africa India Ahmedabad, 1996
6 bangladesh west indies Dhaka, 2002
6 India England Manchester, 2014
6 new zealand Pakistan Dubai (DSC), 2018
6 bangladesh Sri Lanka Mirpur, 2022
6 bangladesh west indies North Sound, 2022
6 India South Africa Cape Town, 2024

4 Dean Elgar, who scored a decisive century in the first Test at Centurion, failed to make much of an impact with the bat in his farewell Test, registering scores of 4 and 12. However, he crossed the 1,000-run mark against India. Became the fourth South African batsman to register more than 1,000 Test runs against the opposition, after Jacques Kallis (1734), Hashim Amla (1528) and AB de Villiers (1334).

8 Batsmen have scored more than 1,000 runs as an opener in Tests against India, with Elgar being the latest to do so, finishing with 1012. The other seven batsmen to achieve this feat are: Alastair Cook (2431), Matthew Hayden (1888), Gordon Greenidge (1678), Graham Gooch (1518), Mudassar Nazar (1210), David Warner (1195) and Geoffrey Boycott (1084). ).

5121 Dean Elgar’s runs are the fourth most by an opening batsman in Tests for South Africa, behind Graeme Smith’s 9018, Gary Kirsten’s 5726 and Herschelle Gibbs’ 5242.


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