After he saw the strip for the first time prior to the day’s play, Siraj, who selected 6/15, acknowledged he didn’t anticipate the Newlands pitch to act in that manner. An unstoppable On Wednesday, during the thrilling first day of the second Test in Cape Town, which saw 23 wickets fall over three innings, Mohammed Siraj produced the finest bowling display of his career to force South Africa into submission.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat on a beautiful afternoon, the hosts lost their first wicket in the fourth over to Siraj, causing the home team to surrender in less than 24 overs. When Siraj’s unbroken nine-over spell came to a conclusion, he had taken six wickets at a cost of only fifteen runs.
He demonstrated perfect control and consistency in the off-stump channel by being dismissed five times behind the stumps, either caught ‘keeper or in slips. The Newlands pitch, which is renowned for its sharp bounce and swing, benefited the fast bowlers all day long. Siraj only had to place the ball in the precise spots to get hitters to take false strokes.
Upon seeing the strip for the first time prior to the day’s play, Siraj acknowledged he wasn’t prepared for the pitch to act in that manner. “I didn’t think the wicket was a 55-all out wicket when I first viewed it in the morning. I didn’t think the pitch would help all that much because it was so sunny. Bowling is also a partnering sport. Jasprit Bumrah was exerting constant pressure from the other end. He exerted a lot of pressure even though he didn’t take many wickets, Siraj said to bowling coach Paras Mhambrey on BCCI.tv.