Cricket: Cape Town pitch rated 'unsatisfactory' after shortest completed test ever between South Africa, India

South Africa captain Dean Elgar is bowled in Cape Town.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar is bowled in Cape Town. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Cape Town pitch, where India beat South Africa inside five sessions of a test match, has incurred a demerit point, after being rated "unsatisfactory" by the International Cricket Council.

The Newlands contest lasted 642 balls, with India registering a series-levelling victory in the shortest-ever completed test, beating Australia's 656-ball victory over South Africa in 1932.

Playing his farewell match, South Africa captain Dean Elgar and India counterpart Rohit Sharma both felt the pitch was below standard, and many would feel the venue got away with a rather light punishment.

"The pitch in Newlands was very difficult to bat on," said match referee Chris Broad. "The ball bounced quickly and sometimes alarmingly throughout the match, making it difficult to play shots.

"Several batters were hit on the gloves and many wickets also fell due to the awkward bounce."

Electing to bat, South Africa were bundled out for 55 in their first innings and spinners were not used at all by either side.

Cricket South Africa have 14 days to appeal against the sanction.

Under ICC rules, an 'unsatisfactory' rating incurs one demerit point, while three points are slapped, if a venue is found 'unfit' under the governing body's pitch and outfield monitoring process.

These points will remain active for a rolling five-year period.

If a venue accumulates six demerit points in that period, it is suspended from hosting international cricket for 12 months.