Virat Kohli & Co reach Cape Town, eye history


IND vs SA Cape Town Test: Team India reach Cape Town – After a 7-wicket thrashing in the 2nd Test, Virat Kohli & Co have lost the favourites tag. Dean Elgar-powered South Africa now hold the edge but the return of Kohli — the captain — is what could make the difference. With the series and pride on the line, Team India reached Cape Town on Saturday ahead of the 3rd Test from January 11. Follow India vs South Africa Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

On Saturday when India reached Cape Town, there was no hostility. With Cape Town being a home away from home for India with thousands of Indian-origin living there, Virat Kohli & Co got a traditional welcome with Sitar and African Djembe drums.

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In five Test matches, Team India have lost three while the other two had ended in draws. Last time, Virat Kohli-led India lost the match by 72 runs in a low-scoring match that ended in four days. Pacers ran riot and the same could be the case this time as well.

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After breaching Centurion fortress where India never won before, under KL Rahul’s captaincy, the Men in Blue lost their first Test in Johannesburg. But with Virat Kohli back to lead the side, Team India will be hoping to breach the Cape Town fortress where India have never won before.

IND vs SA Cape Town Test: Virat Kohli & Co reach Cape Town as Team India eye history – Follow Live Updates

IND vs SA Cape Town Test: Virat Kohli & Co reach Cape Town as Team India eye history – Follow Live Updates

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  • Team India has never defeated South Africa at Newlands, Capetown. The closest they have come is to draw the match- twice, lost thrice. They had lost the previous match at Capetown by 72 runs
  • Kagiso Rabada has taken 35 wickets in 6 matches at the venue. Virat Kohli & needs to be vigilant against the danger. He has already troubled India at Centurion & Johannesburg
  • SA captain Dean Elgar is another obstacle after his match-winning knock at Johannesburg that put Proteas back in the contest. He has amassed 708 runs in 10 Tests at the venue which features a couple of tons & 3 half-centuries.
  • India is yet to lose at venues where they lost since 2021- the Gabba in Brisbane, Oval & the Centurion. Can they overcome their final hurdle?
  • This is a golden chance for India to win their first-ever test series in South Africa since the rivalry began in 1991 (3 decades). A draw would level captain Virat Kohli with MS Dhoni who had drawn to SA in their backyard in the 2011 Test series
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IND vs SA Cape Town Test: Virat Kohli & Co reach Cape Town as Team India eye history - Follow Live Updates

IND vs SA Cape Town Test: Virat Kohli & Co reach Cape Town as Team India eye history – Follow Live Updates

Match results (IND vs SA at Capetown)- India are 0-3 behind to Proteas
Team 1 Team 2 Winner Margin Match Date Scorecard
South Africa India drawn Jan 2-6, 1993 Test # 1209
South Africa India South Africa 282 runs Jan 2-6, 1997 Test # 1349
South Africa India South Africa 5 wickets Jan 2-6, 2007 Test # 1827
South Africa India drawn Jan 2-6, 2011 Test # 1988
South Africa India South Africa 72 runs Jan 5-8, 2018 Test # 2292

 

  • Total Tests at the venue: 58
  • Batting first won: 23
  • Batting second won: 24
  • Highest Test score: 651 all out (SA vs AUS)
  • Lowest Test score: 35 all-out SA vs ENG

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