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South Africa vs India: Newlands, Cape Town Pitch Report for 2nd Test

India are placed sixth on the World Test Championship (WTC 2023-25) points table with a total of 38.89 Percentage of Points (PCT). They have played three games in the ongoing cycle and won, lost and drawn one game each.

Written By: Kumar Rupesh @afiestysoul New Delhi Updated on: January 02, 2024 11:11 IST
Newlands, Cape Town.
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India's ongoing tour of South Africa has reached its final destination as both teams are fine-tuning their preparations for the second and the final Test of the series to be played at the Newlands in Cape Town, starting Wednesday, January 3.

South Africa are 1-0 up in the series after handing India a crushing defeat by an innings and 32 runs and are the favourites to clinch the series based on their imperious form. Though the Proteas will be without their skipper Temba Bavuma and pacer Gerald Coetzee as they have been ruled out due to injuries, their team still looks fairly balanced to achieve a desired result in Cape Town.

On the other hand, the tourists looked way off-colour in the first Test at the SuperSport Park. They have the daunting task at hand of scripting a comeback in the New Year's Test and their record at the venue doesn't make for a good reading either.

India have played six Tests at the Newlands and are yet to win a game. They have lost four of those six fixtures while two games have ended in a draw. 

Newlands, Cape Town Pitch Report

Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, Newlands is one of the most picturesque cricketing venues in the world. The surface at the Newlands offers plenty of assistance to the pacers and hence batting will be an arduous task, especially, on the first day of the game. There is not a single spinner in the top eight bowlers who has claimed the most scalps at the ground in Test matches - a stat that speaks volumes about the purchase the seamers get out of the track.

Newlands Test Record and Stats

Total Test Matches: 60

Matches won batting first: 23

Matches won bowling first: 25

Average first innings score: 325

Average second innings score: 292

Average third innings score: 234

Average fourth innings score: 163

Highest total scored: 651 all out by South Africa vs Australia

Lowest total recorded: 35 all out by South Africa vs England



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