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Johannesburg: India's favourite venue for bowling

Johannesburg has been the best away venue for India bowlers ESPNcricinfo Ltd

India's bowlers prevailed once again at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, managing to get the hosts all out for 194. It's India's most successful bowling venue in South Africa and one of the reasons they're unbeaten in four previous Tests here. India average 28.22 with the ball at the Wanderers - their best at any venue in South Africa.


In fact, this is the venue where India have recorded their best figures in all away Tests where they played five or more Tests. Next on the list is Eden Park in Auckland, where they average 29.61, followed by Durban. Nagpur is the only venue where India have a better bowling average (28.07) - anywhere in the world - with a qualifier of five Tests played.

Jasprit Bumrah's five-wicket haul in the first innings is the fourth such haul by an Indian bowler at Wanderers - the most at any South African venue. Before Bumrah, Anil Kumble in 1992-93, Javagal Srinath in 1996-97 and S Sreesanth in 2006-07 took five-wicket hauls. In the one Test in which Indian bowlers didn't take a five-for, in 2013-14, there were two four-wicket hauls, taken by Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma. Since 1992, only at Lord's and Sabina Park in Kingston have India had more five-wicket hauls away with five each.

South Africa batsmen have struggled against Indian bowling at the Wanderes like against no other visitor. Their average runs per wicket at the venue against India is their lowest against all visiting teams. Against the other subcontinent teams, they have averaged the best: 41.37 against Pakistan and 40.60 against Sri Lanka. They have won at least two Tests against all other teams at Wanderers, but not once against India.


India are yet to face a whitewash in South Africa and that has been solely due to their domination at the Wanderers. Leading by 42 runs with nine wickets in hand after day two and considering their previous results at the venue, India have got the best chance to finish the series on a high after two defeats.