"It could really put pressure on the South Africans".
Brief scores: India 77/1 (Mayank Agarwal 34*; Kagiso Rabada 1-26) vs South Africa.
"We had to keep bowling in the right areas and they would make mistakes". However, South Africa made a comeback at the stroke of tea with Kagiso Rabada getting Pujara out. I thought we bowled quite well this morning, ' he said.
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Just before the ODI World Cup this year, Rabada had started a virtual storm by terming Kohli's on-field behaviour "immature", saying that the Indian captain Kohli loves to give it to the bowler, but can't take it when an opponent decides to give it back to him. He bowled very well in the first Test and now here.
Mayank and Cheteshwar Pujara stitched a 138-run partnership for the second wicket. Although Rabada continued to charge in, and Philander may have felt unlucky not to have been among the wicket-takers considering how many times he went past the outside edge, the Proteas simply could not manufacture a means to dislodge the Indian skipper. He also hit the most number of sixes in a Test match.
Especially if they can knock over the prize figure of Kohli (63 not out) without much further addition, they could yet be back in business, because India opted for a relatively lean specialist batting line-up for this encounter. The only "success" Nortje could take away from his first day of Test cricket was hitting Agarwal flush on the helmet with a rapid delivery. There was swing and seam movement on offer and both teams recognised this by bringing in an extra fast bowler each (Anrich Nortje for Dane Piedt & Umesh Yadav for Hanuma Vihari).