India secured a seven-wicket victory over South Africa, resetting the record for the shortest completed Test match. Shreyas Iyer’s winning boundary, a four off Marco Jansen, came just after lunch on day two, marking the 642nd ball of the match and the 107th over. This achievement surpassed the previous record, set in 1932 between Australia and South Africa, by 14 balls. The win at Newlands leveled the two-match series 1-1, following South Africa’s victory in Centurion by an innings and 32 runs.
Expressing satisfaction, Captain Rohit Sharma said, “This win is a great feat for us. We had to learn from our mistakes in Centurion. We came back very well, especially our bowlers. We knew it was going to be a short game where every run mattered. We applied ourselves with the bat and got nearly a 100-run lead.”
Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive 6-61 performance, counteracting Aiden Markram’s brilliant 106, led to South Africa being bowled out for 176 runs in the second innings by lunch. This set India a challenging chase of 79 on a pitch with variable bounce. Yashasvi Jaiswal contributed a quickfire 28 off 23 balls before being caught at long leg off Nandre Burger.
Despite surviving two dropped catches, Sharma remained unbeaten with 17 not out. Kagiso Rabada, who bowled Shubman Gill for 10, concluded the short series with 11 wickets. Marco Jansen took the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli for 12 runs when India was just four runs away from securing only its fifth win on South African soil.