Today is very important for Indian cricket as the Indian team got its first Test victory against South Africa in the Ahmedabad Test on 23 November 1996.
The Indian team won the match by 64 runs on the fourth day of the Test. The hero of the victory was fast bowler Javagal Srinath, who took six wickets for 21 runs in the second innings and put the match in India’s bag.
Let’s take a look at that historical test.
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South Africa had an edge in the first innings
The team from South Africa came to India in 1996 under the captaincy of Hansie Cronje. The Indian team was led by Sachin Tendulkar.
In the match started on 20 November, India scored 223 runs in their first innings. Captain Sachin Tendulkar (42) scored the most runs from the host team. At the same time, Alan Donald took four wickets from South Africa.
In reply, South Africa had scored 214 to lead by 21 runs.
India gave a target of 170 runs to win
In the second innings also the Indian batsmen disappointed. Paul Adams and Alan Donald took the Indian team cheaply by taking three wickets.
Despite his half-century innings of VVS Laxman (51) playing his debut match, the Indian team could only score 190 runs. In the lower order, Anil Kumble also contributed an unbeaten 30 runs.
India gave South Africa a target of 170 runs.
Srinath took his first five wicket hall
In the first over of the second innings, Srinath made his intentions clear by taking two wickets. He dismissed Andrew Hudson and Cullinan on the opening two balls.
Captain Cronje (48 *) batted fiercely from one end, but did not get any support from the other end. Chasing 170 runs, the visiting team collapsed for 105 runs on the fourth day of the match.
Srinath won the team by taking six wickets.
India won the series 2-1
India won the first Ahmedabad Test by 64 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
However, in the second Test, the visiting team won and brought the series to 1-1. The second Kolkata Test was won by South Africa by a huge margin of 329 runs.
In the third Test, the Indian team won the series and won the series 2–1. The third Kanpur Test was won by India by 280 runs.