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South Africa v India: Bumrah guides tourists home despite Markram heroics

India secured a share of the two-match series against South Africa after completing a remarkable seven-wicket win inside five sessions – the shortest Test match of all time – in Cape Town.

Day one saw 23 wickets fall and ended with the home side on 62 for three in their second innings, still 36 behind India’s first innings total of 153.

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If the Newlands crowd thought day two would be calm in comparison, they were sadly mistaken with only Aiden Markram stemming the endless flow of wickets.

The South Africa opener started the day unbeaten on 36 and played superbly despite the carnage unfolding at the other end.

David Bedingham (11) was the first to go, from the final ball of the first over, with Kyle Verreynne (nine), Marco Jansen (11) and Keshav Maharaj (three) all following soon after as Jasprit Burmah ran through the South Africa middle order.

Bumrah was borderline unplayable on a pitch that provided plenty of assistance but he met his match in Markram. Having started out batting in conventional fashion, the 29-year-old upped the ante as he started to run out of partners.

He bludgeoned 20 runs off one Prasidh Krishna over before one big hit too many saw his downfall, skying a Mohammed Siraj delivery to Rohit Sharma for 106 from just 103 balls.

Krishna returned to snare Kagiso Rabada before, fittingly, Bumrah ended the innings by dismissing Lungi Ngidi. Bumrah finished with figures of six for 61.

India required 79 to win and, while it wasn’t without a few alarms, the result was never really in doubt with captain Sharma proving the anchor with an unbeaten 17.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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