Australia went into the match against South Africa high on confidence having outdone hosts with ease in their first game of the series. On the other hand, the Proteas were stunned by West Indies, and had a tough challenge on their hands.
To put it bluntly, South Africa have not had a great time in international cricket recently. They lost the Tests in India rather embarrassingly, and were even undone at home by England in the same format. While those are rather disappointing results
At the start of the day’s play, nobody could have bet on the match finishing before stumps. But, that is exactly what happened as Stuart Broad produced a sensational display of fast bowling, similar to the ones we have seen of him in recent times
Having won the first Test against South Africa comprehensively, England went into the New Year Test at Cape Town with their noses ahead. The Proteas are known to fight back hard from tough situations, and nothing different was expected of them at Newlands.
For the second time in three matches, Rohit Sharma hit a splendid century, but had to end up on the losing side. This time, he sparkled with 150 from 133 balls, but India stumbled after his dismissal in chase of 304, set up by another fine ton by South African skipper AB de Villiers.