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Indian team’s crushing defeat to South Africa in the first Test is attributed largely to Sachin Tendulkar: “From what I have seen…”


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Team India went down without a fight during the second innings, facing an innings-and-32-run defeat to the Proteas in the first Test. Plagued by pace and unsettled by the unexpected bounce, an ill-prepared India faced a heavy defeat – by an innings and 32 runs – against a vastly superior South Africa in the opening Boxing Day Test in Centurion, concluding within three days. After posting a fighting total of 245 in the first innings, the Indian batters faltered in the second innings, managing only 131 runs in 34.1 overs. In contrast, South Africa posted a commanding 408 in their initial attempt. With this, South Africa secured an insurmountable 1-0 lead in the two-match series, shattering India’s aspirations of winning a Test series in the Rainbow Nation for the first time in 31 years.


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