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The first Test between New Zealand and South Africa started with the hosts opting to go for bat after winning the toss. What followed remains a nightmare for Kiwis. Vernon Philander, alongside Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, made the Test innings a Twenty20 for New Zealand as they were all-out on as low as 45 runs in 19.2 overs. This was the fourth time New Zealand’s innings was finished under 50.

[caption id="attachment_258" align="alignright" width="226"]It was the 19th time in Test history that a team was bowled out below 50 (Photo: Getty Images) It was the 19th time in Test history that a team was bowled out below 50 (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

In November, 2011, a historic Test was played on the same ground of Newlands between South Africa and Australia in which 23 wickets were fallen on the second day. Australia were bowled out on 47 runs as debutant Philander took eight wickets in the match.

Philander took five wickets in the space of 20 balls at the expense of seven runs. In total, he bowled six overs in the first innings.

Having scored 45 runs, New Zealand escaped their lowest total in a Test innings, but the prospect of their defeat in the current match is looming large as South Africa have scored 347 runs in the first inning.

New Zealand also have the record of lowest total ever for any team. In March, 1955, England sent packing Black Caps in Auckland for just 26 runs.

There were 19 occasions ever when a team got all-out before reaching 50-run mark. South Africans have the ‘honour’ of being bowled out most times under 50 runs in Test cricket, but it has been an old story now. The last time Proteas got bowled out under 50 was in 1932 against Australia when they managed to score only 36 runs.

The other instances when a team got all-out under 50 runs were when in 1974 Lord’s Test India were all-out for 42, 1994 Port of Spain Test when England were all-out for 46 against West Indies and in 2004 when West Indies were all-out for 47 against England.

Amazingly, five matches in which a team got out under 50 runs were played in Cape Town, whereas England have the honour of bowling out their opponents the most number of times below that mark. There are 12 occasions when England restricted their rival team under 50 runs.

Below is the list of all the Tests when a whole team were back to the pavilion before reaching 50 runs:

Occasions when a team were bowled out below 50 runs

نیوزی لینڈ2627EnglandAucklandMarch 25, 1955
جنوبی افریقہ3019EnglandPort ElizabethFebruary 13, 1896
جنوبی افریقہ3013EnglandBirminghamJune 14, 1924
جنوبی افریقہ3523EnglandCape TownApril 1, 1899
جنوبی افریقہ3624AustraliaMelbourneFebruary 12,1932
آسٹریلیا3623EnglandBirminghamMay 29, 1902
نیوزی لینڈ4239AustraliaWellingtonMarch 29, 1946
آسٹریلیا4238EnglandSidneyFebruary 10, 1888
بھارت4217EnglandLord'sJune 20, 1974
جنوبی افریقہ4329EnglandCape TownMarch 25, 1889
آسٹریلیا4426EnglandThe OvalAugust 10, 1896
جنوبی افریقہ4532AustraliaMelbourneFebruary 12, 1932
انگلستان4536AustraliaSidneyJanuary 28, 1887
نیوزی لینڈ4519South AfricaCape TownJanuary 2, 2013
انگلستان4619West IndiesPort of SpainMarch 25, 1994
نیوزی لینڈ4733EnglandLord'sJune 19, 1958
جنوبی افریقہ4747EnglandCape TownMarch 25, 1889
ویسٹ انڈیز4726EnglandKingstonMarch 11, 2004
آسٹریلیا4718South AfricaCape TownNovember 9, 2011
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