Cape Town: The 2nd Test between India and South Africa has seen a dramatic day full of twists and turns, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. India, after dismissing South Africa for a paltry 55 thanks to a magnificent bowling performance, looked set to establish a dominant lead. However, a stunning collapse saw them lose their last six wickets in a matter of 11 balls for zero runs (from 153/4 to 153/10), leaving the match precariously poised going into Day 2.
Mohammed Siraj was the star of the show for India early on, ripping through the South African batting lineup with a devastating six-wicket haul. Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar chipped in with two wickets each, leaving the Proteas reeling at 55 all out.
However, the script flipped dramatically in the latter stages of the day. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were comfortably holding their ground at 153/4 when Lungi Ngidi, who had been struggling throughout the day, turned the tide on its head. In a single over, he dismissed Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, and Bumrah, sparking a catastrophic downfall.
Kagiso Rabada then took over the baton, adding to the carnage. He sent Kohli back to the pavilion, ran out Mohammed Siraj in a comical mix-up, and finally trapped Prasidh Krishna to complete the astonishing collapse. From a position of strength, India found themselves all out for 153, leaving the match wide open.
India now hold a 98-run lead. The match is finely balanced, with South Africa looking to quickly erase the deficit and set a competitive target for the visitors.