The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC), on Tuesday (January 9), delivered its verdict on the Newlands pitch after the second Check between South Africa and India ended inside two days.
The primary match of the collection was held on the SuperSport Park in Centurion. South Africa received the series-opener by an innings and 32 runs earlier than struggling a crushing loss within the second and last Check on the Newlands. Crew India registered the quickest victory within the historical past of Check cricket to change into the primary Asian group to win a Check in Cape City.
The match was accomplished in simply 642 balls, the shortest-ever accomplished Check, beating Australia’s 656-ball victory over South Africa in 1932. The win additionally helped Crew India to degree the two-match collection. South Africa’s stand-in captain Dean Elgar determined to bat first after successful the toss and it didn’t take him lengthy to remorse the decision. India bowled out South Africa for a paltry whole of 55 runs with Mohammed Siraj taking 6 wickets for simply 15 runs.
In reply, India had been comfortably positioned at 153 for 4 earlier than shedding six wickets for the addition of no runs, the primary time that occurred in 147 years of red-ball cricket. Within the second innings, Aiden Markram scored a shocking counterattacking century for South Africa however couldn’t information them to a successful whole as they had been bowled out for 176. India then chased down the goal of 79 with ease to earn a well-known draw.
ICC delivers verdict on Newlands pitch:
The Newlands pitch got here beneath extreme scrutiny after the second SA vs IND Check ended inside two days. And the ICC has now rated the Newlands pitch ‘Unsatisfactory’. In accordance with an announcement from the governing physique of the sport, ICC Match Referee Chris Broad submitted his report, which expressed the considerations of the match officers.
“The pitch in Newlands was very tough to bat on,” Broad mentioned. “The ball bounced rapidly and typically alarmingly all through the match, making it tough to play photographs. A number of batters had been hit on the gloves and plenty of wickets additionally fell because of the awkward bounce.”
The venues obtain one demerit level if their pitches and outfields are rated by the match referee as unsatisfactory. If a venue reaches six demerit factors, it’s suspended from internet hosting any worldwide cricket for 12 months. The penalty is 24 months in case of 12 demerit factors. These factors stay energetic for a rolling five-year interval.