South Africa was at their remarkably best during the historic four-day Test match against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth as they blew them away by innings and 120 run within 2 days. This performance has ringed the alarm bell for India, who will be visiting them for a three-match Test series in January 2018.
Proteas have ticked all the boxes in this comprehensive victory and their star players have arrived at the international arena as well. AB de Villiers was in full flow during his return match to Test arena, which came almost two years after his last outing in whites. He notched up a well-paced fifty before grabbing 8 wickets behind the stumps.
Here we are listing 7 records, which South Africa made during their historic win over Zimbabwe;
- South Africa became the first team to win a Test match after declaring their inning on day 1 before the stumps. It happened for the fifth time in the history of Test cricket that a captain declared his innings before stumps on day one.
- It was the 4th instance when South Africa bowled out their opponents under 70 runs in the last 10 years. They bundled up Zimbabwe within 68 runs on the second day and forced them to follow on.
- Keshav Maharaj’s bowling figures of 5/59 in the 2nd innings are the best acquired by any Protea spinner in the last 60 years on the South African soil. Paul Harris registered 6/120 against Australia which was the previous best.
- It was the lowest declared score to win the test by an inning.
- AB de Villiers became the only 3rd Proteas to take 200 catches in Test cricket. Mark Boucher (532) and Jacques Kallis (200). De Villiers is also the 17th player overall to do so.
- The South Africa vs Zimbabwe one-off 4-day Test match is the 5th in the last 70 years to be completed in two days.
- A total of 907 balls were bowled in the boxing day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe. It is the 9th fewest in a completed Test and the 2nd fewest in the last 71 years. The 2002 Sharjah Test between Australia and Pakistan lasted just 893 balls.
India will kick off their tour on January 5 in Cape Town before heading to Centurion and Johannesburg for next two Tests.