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The Briefest Test Match Ever! India wins a Test for the first time in Cape Town.

The IND vs. SA match concluded in just two days after playing a total of 107 overs, marking the shortest duration for a Test match to end with a result in history.

In its history, Test cricket has evolved its playing styles, strategies, equipment, and rules, solidifying its status as one of the most captivating and traditional forms of the game. The recent Test match in Cape Town was the shortest-ever in cricket history, finishing in just 642 balls over two days, marking the quickest completion of a Test match in the longest cricket format.

India-South Africa second Test in Cape Town lasted just 642 balls and ended in just two days


The India-South Africa second Test in Cape Town lasted just 642 balls, setting a record for the shortest duration of a completed game in the longest format, as the teams wrapped up the match within two days. Furthermore Team India emerged as victorious after a chaotic game featuring bowlers taking five wickets in an innings, a century scored, and a few collapses. In their first innings, South Africa was dismissed for 55 runs, while India scored 153 runs but lost six wickets in just 11 deliveries without adding any further runs.

Aiden Markram’s resilient century for South Africa helped them set India a target of 79 runs after overcoming the deficit. However, this target was considered insufficient and not challenging enough at any venue. Since Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal started their innings with an aggressive approach. Despite India losing three wickets during the chase, they successfully reached the target of 79 runs in just 12 overs.

History of Shortest Test Matches

  • South Africa vs India (Cape Town, 2024) – 642 Balls
  • Australia vs South Africa (Melbourne, 1932) – 656 Balls
  • West Indies vs England (Barbados, 1935) – 672 Balls
  • England vs Australia (Manchester, 1888) – 788 Balls
  • England vs Australia (Lord’s, 1888) – 792 Balls

India secured their first-ever Test match victory in Cape Town, marking their inaugural win in their seventh appearance at that venue. On the other hand, South Africa will feel disappointed since they couldn’t give Dean Elgar, one of their notable performers in the format, a victorious farewell.

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