The day saw a total of 23 wickets falling, setting a record for a single day of Test cricket in Cape Town. The most remarkable event of the day was South Africa’s all-out score of 55. However, India’s innings quickly unraveled, going from 153/4 to 153 all out in just 11 balls during the third session of the first day. Lungi Ngidi broke the partnership between KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, with Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah also getting dismissed for ducks. Kohli fell to Rabada, ending his innings at 46. Siraj was run out after a mix-up with Prasidh Krishna, who was then dismissed by Rabada.
Earlier in the day, Siraj showcased his talent with his career-best figures in Test cricket, taking six wickets in just nine overs to contribute to South Africa’s shocking collapse and recording their lowest-ever total of 55 runs since their return to Test cricket.
Despite India’s lead of 98 runs, they too suffered a collapse, with Mukesh Kumar taking two wickets and Bumrah taking one. This left South Africa at 62/3 at the end of the day, trailing India by 36 runs.