India poised for victory despite Aiden Markram century

Aiden Markram of South Africa celebrates his century during day two of the International Test Series 2023/24 game between South Africa and India at Newlands Cricket Ground

Aiden Markram hit 106 off 103 balls before South Africa were bowled out for 176 shortly before lunch, leaving India just 79 runs to win. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Published Jan 4, 2024


Aiden Markram hit a thrilling century for South Africa but India moved closer to a series-levelling win on the second morning of the Test at Newlands on Thursday.

Markram hit 106 off 103 balls before South Africa were bowled out for 176 shortly before lunch.

They added 94 runs for the loss of seven wickets during the morning.

India, beaten by an innings and 32 runs in the first Test in Centurion, needed 79 runs to square the two-match series.

Jasprit Bumrah shines

Jasprit Bumrah took six for 61 –- and was denied the wicket of Markram when the batsman, on 71, edged a drive and wicketkeeper KL Rahul could not hold a catch above his head.

Markram defied a pitch which has given inordinate help to the bowlers and on which the highest score of any of his teammates in either innings was 15.

He hit 17 fours and two sixes, one of which, off Prasidh Krishna, sailed out of the ground and onto a railway line beyond square leg.

The 29-year-old was finally out caught at mid-off by Indian captain Rohit Sharma off Mohammed Siraj attempting another big hit.

This comes after SA batting consultant Ashwell Prince emphasised the unexpected behaviour of the Newlands pitch and also praised the Indian quicks for bowling the hosts out for 55 in the first innings on Wednesday.

“We have to give credit to the Indian bowlers. (Mohammed) Siraj probably bowled one of the spells of his life. Two quality bowlers (Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah), favourable conditions, that’s what you get,” said Prince.