India scored 209 runs in 1st innings against Proteas

Janie Parker
January 9, 2018

"If he hadn't scored those runs, we would have been in trouble". I think it was great for Test cricket - getting a result in four days despite losing a day's play.

Of course, 20 wickets to win a Test match is the priority. "It definitely ranks as one of my favourite Test matches".

Cape Town: South Africa were dealt a major blow after senior-most pacer Dale Steyn was ruled out for the remainder of three-match series against India after damaging a tissue on his left heel during the second day of the opening Test.

He hasn't played many Test matches away from home, but this is the kind of innings (he played) we expected it from him if he played in the playing XI.

Kohli gave credit to South Africa's pace bowling attack.

Kohli also refused to be drawn into the hype of quicker and faster wickets welcoming his team as the series moved to the Highveld for games at Centurion and Johannesburg, stating that with a little application India would be to exploit even those conditions.

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The Indian captain suggested the Indian batsmen might need to show more of the aggressive intent epitomised by Hardik Pandya, who hit 93 off 95 balls in the first innings. We needed to bat better than what we did. "We need to make their bowlers come back for second or third spells".

"The new ball was crucial but I knew that we have got fantastic seam bowlers".

With Steyn unable to run, De Villiers needed to hit boundaries. I think we let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure.

"Look, they had collapses too, even in the first innings, if you take AB's innings out and Faf's to an extent, the batting hasn't clicked for them together either. We were surprised how quick it was on the first day but today was very hard for batsmen".

South Africa opener Elgar then nearly collected a pair when the hosts began their second innings, the left-hander pulling his first ball just out of reach of Mohammad Shami at mid-on having nicked off third delivery in his first knock at Newlands. "He batted really well and showed a lot of character".

We had a chat this morning and we wanted people step up and get us wickets.

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