Twitter explodes as Mohammed Siraj takes 6 wickets to dismiss South Africa for a mere 55 runs on Day 1 of Cape Town Test – SA vs IND 2023-24

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In a dominating display of fast bowling, India‘s Mohammed Siraj wreaked havoc on the South African batting line-up during the Day 1 ongoing third Test at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. In an outstanding performance, Siraj registered remarkable figures of 9-3-15-6, bowling out South Africa for a mere 55 runs in the first innings of the second and final Test match of the series.

Changes in India’s and South Africa lineup

India implemented strategic adjustments to their lineup for the game, opting for Ravindra Jadeja in lieu of Ravichandran Ashwin and Mukesh Kumar taking the place of Shardul Thakur. Conversely, the Proteas underwent three changes, with Temba Bavuma, Gerald Coetzee and Keegan Petersen making way for Tristan Stubbs, Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi.

Mohammed Siraj’s early breakthroughs set the tone

After losing the toss and being put in to bowl first, Siraj provided India with an early breakthrough by getting Aiden Markram caught in the third slip by Yashasvi Jaiswal. Siraj’s ability to find the nip back and induce mistakes in the Proteas’ top order set the tone for India’s dominance.

Siraj’s strategic bowling display

Utilizing bouncers with pinpoint accuracy, Siraj continued to dismantle the South African batting order. He forced Dean Elgar to edge one back onto his stumps, and in quick succession, dismissed Tony de Zorzi, David Bedingham, Kyle Verreynne and Marco Jansen, all caught behind the wickets. This remarkable performance marked Siraj’s third five-wicket haul in his 23-match career.

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Best bowling figures for Siraj

With bowling figures of 6/15, Siraj produced his best-ever performance, showcasing his skill and determination. Bowling nine consecutive overs from one end, Siraj’s relentless attack turned the game in India’s favor.

Contributions from Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar

In addition to Siraj’s brilliance, Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh played crucial roles by taking two wickets each, contributing significantly to India’s successful dismantling of the South African batting lineup.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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