New Delhi: The Test series against India has seen South Africa sink to new lows, especially with their batting efforts. On Friday, the Proteas were dismissed for 121 in 49.3 overs, six runs short of Ajinkya Rahane's stellar 127-run knock. Chinks in the armour of the visiting team's batsmen were visible, with all Indian bowlers tasting success, as they got out playing false shots, driving down the wrong line, and not being able to read the length from the clever Indian spinners. The South African batsmen were even found wanting against the Indian pacers as Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma proved too hot to handle for the tourists.
Earlier in the day, the Indian team fought valiantly to post 334 on the board, thanks to a gritty 56 from R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane's fine hundred. For South Africa, Kyle Abbott looked the most impressive with a five-wicket haul, even as Dane Piedt grabbed four wickets.
Here are the statistical highlights from Day 2.
South Africa dismissed 5 times for under-200 runs in 102 years
South Africa have now been dismissed for a score under 200 for five times in six innings by India, marking only the second occasion in which the Proteas have been dismissed five times for a sub-200 total. The first time when South Africa had to face this ignominy was way back in 1913-14, against England, 102 years ago. Surely, they wouldn't have wanted to have this piece of history repeated!
[caption id="attachment_255409" align="alignright" width="300"] A dejected Faf du Plessis makes the long walk back to the pavillion after getting out for a duck. (AP Photo)[/caption]
Third-worst batting average for South Africa - Faf du Plessis
With a third duck in four Tests, Faf du Plessis averages just 8.33, the third-worst for a South African top-order batsman in a series having played six or more innings. du Plessis has only scored 50 runs in this series, with 39 of them coming in a single innings. 8.33 is also the third-worst average for any overseas top-order batsman in India having played six innings or more.
Ravindra Jadeja's 8th 5-wicket haul in first class cricket
The allrounder now has 60 wickets in the first-class season of 2015-16 at an average of 11.43. His 5/30 against South Africa on Friday took his five-wicket haul tally to 8 in first class records. Jadeja has scalped 21 wickets at an average of 10.61 in the four-match Test series.
Ajinkya Rahane's 1st hundred in India
[caption id="attachment_255416" align="alignright" width="300"] Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin steal a single during their match-saving partnership. (AP Photo)[/caption]
Rahane's 127 was not only the first century in the four-match Test series, it was also his first on Indian soil. Prior to this, he had only managed 47 runs from six Test match innings at home. The Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi will become memorable for Rahane for this unforgettable century and for a forgettable debut two years back, when he scored 8 runs from two innings. Rahane also surpassed his previous best score of 96 against South Africa, which he had scored in Durban during the 2013-14 tour.
Ashwin's historic 56-run knock
It was way back in 1996 that an Indian batsman coming out to bat at No. 9 had scored 50 or more runs against South Africa since Anil Kumble's heroics in Kolkata where he had slammed 88 runs. R Ashwin did the same in India's first innings, lasting 140 balls for his 56.
Kyle Abbott grabbing 5/30 after 28 years
[caption id="attachment_255418" align="alignright" width="300"] Fast bowler Kyle Abbott is elated after dismissing an Indian batsman. (AP Photo)[/caption]
The last time a visiting fast bowler had grabbed 5 wickets in Delhi was in 1987, by the West Indies bowlers Courtney Walsh (5/54) and Patrick Patterson (5/24) in two innings of that Test match. This was also only the sixth time when a touring paceman has grabbed a five-wicket haul at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Abbott's 2nd five-wicket haul
This was Kyle Abbott's second five-wicket haul since his brilliant debut against Pakistan in 2012-13, where he had captured 7/29 in Centurion, the second best attempt by a debutant for the Proteas. Abbott now has 18 wickets from from 5 Tests at an average of 17.55.
India's remarkable recovery in their first innings
India added 195 runs after the fall of their sixth wicket for 139, making this the fifth best effort after losing six wickets before reaching 150. The last time the Indian lower order put up a valiant fight was against New Zealand in Ahmedabad in 2010, putting up 201 runs after being 6 down for 65.
Umesh Yadav reaches landmark
The fast bowler became the 14th Indian fast bowler to reach the milestone of grabbing 50 wickets in Test matches after dismissing JP Duminy with a brilliant outswinger. Yadav has played 17 Tests to reach the landmark, with a bowling average of 38.04