India put an end to their winless streak at the Newlands Cricket Ground with a historic first-ever Test victory against South Africa in Cape Town. Before this breakthrough, India’s track record in Cape Town was marred by defeats and draws, the best outcomes being draws in 1993 and 2011. Winning in the city was elusive for the team, often being outplayed by South Africa. Until this victory, India had drawn two Tests and lost three, failing to secure a win at Cape Town.
Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, the Indian side overcame a first-inning batting collapse to secure a series-leveling 7-wicket win over South Africa in Cape Town. Aiden Markram’s century for South Africa was impressive, but it was overshadowed by Jasprit Bumrah’s remarkable six-wicket haul, a crucial factor in dismantling the South African batting lineup for just 176 runs in their second innings. India’s chase was a modest target of 79 runs to clinch the victory and level the series.
Despite the challenging pitch conditions at Newlands, witnessing a record-breaking number of wickets falling on the first day, India’s batsmen skillfully navigated the South African bowlers’ attack. The Indian bowling unit, especially Mohammed Siraj with his career-best figures and Bumrah’s consistent performance, proved too formidable for the struggling South African team, which found it difficult to build significant partnerships.
South Africa’s troubles intensified with a notable batting collapse, particularly a meager first-inning total of 55, marking their lowest score since 1932. India seized on this vulnerability, with substantial contributions from the top order, including standout performances by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, laying a robust foundation for this historic triumph.