India Falls from Top Spot After Humiliating Defeat to South Africa in Centurion, Drops to…



India’s second innings saw a meager 131 runs in 34.1 overs after successfully bowling out South Africa for 408 runs in 108.4 overs. Despite Virat Kohli managing to score a half-century, India’s batting performance was not enough as they suffered a defeat by an innings and 32 runs against South Africa in the opening Test in Centurion. South Africa extended their overnight score of 256 for 5 by adding 152 runs, resulting in an overall lead of 163 runs. The Proteas’ pace trio, consisting of Nandre Burger (4/33), Kagiso Rabada (2/32), and Marco Jansen (3/36), effectively stifled the Indian team with their disciplined attack. In the first innings, Marco Jansen remained unbeaten on 84 runs, while opener Dean Elgar scored an impressive 185 runs, emerging as the highest scorer for the hosts. This defeat caused India to drop from the top spot to the fifth position in the World Test Championship points table, while South Africa climbed to the first position. India’s first innings saw a score of 245 all out, while South Africa scored 408 all out in 108.4 overs. In India’s second innings, they only managed to score 131 all out in 34.1 overs.