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Top 5 South African Test collapses against India

S Samaddar
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2.24K   //    05 Feb 2018, 02:40 IST

The recently concluded pulsating Test series between South Africa and India was completely dominated by the fast bowlers on either side.

Only one century was scored and the bowlers affected some dramatic batting collapses that will be remembered for a long time. South Africa themselves got shot out for low scores many times and if anyone thinks that these collapses were an aberration then he would be mistaken.

The Proteas have had plenty of such collapses against India in the past and many of them have gone down in Indian cricket folklore.

Here is a look at 5 of South Africa's most dramatic collapses against India in Test cricket.

#5 1st innings at Johannesburg, 2013

South Africa v India - Test Match Series - Day Two

The short two-Test series back in 2013 in South Africa started well for India when they triggered a collapse in the hosts' first innings in the first game at Wanderers and got their noses ahead in the game.

Having chosen to bat first, India scored 280, thanks to a 119 from Virat Kohli. It wasn't a huge score but kept them in the Test match.

However, all hopes of putting South Africa on the backfoot evaporated quickly when Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla started griding the bowlers down. They reached 130 for 1 and it appeared that the hosts were on target for a big first innings lead.

In the last session on the 2nd day, the Test turned when Amla was bowled by Ishant Sharma and then the innings imploded. The rock solid Jacques Kallis went off the 2nd delivery he faced and South Africa lost 5 wickets in the space of around 6 overs.

They added only 16 runs and were reduced to 146 for 6 from 130 for 1. Vernon Philander, however, scored 59 and they eventually ended up scoring 244. That being said, they were looking good for far more. The game ended in an exciting draw. 

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