India will bowl better than South Africa, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Jan 26, 2018, 01:43
India will bowl better than South Africa, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Coming out to bat, South Africa too started poorly as they lost Aiden Markram (2) as Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced the flawless edge for Parthiv Patel to do the needful behind the wickets. It proved why he is considered one of the greatest batsmen of his generation and, more importantly, it has kept South Africa in this Test as they look to secure a 3-0 series whitewash over India.

Amla added 18 runs with Quinton de Kock (8) who was soon caught behind off Bumrah as South Africa were reduced to 125 for six.

During the second Test against India in Centurion last week, all wickets taken by bowlers in a single innings were taken by Black Africans*.

India will resume on day three on 49/1, 42 runs ahead of South Africa.

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Their partnership is sitting on 18 off 40 balls.

After the visitors were restricted to 187 on the opening day yesterday (January 24), Pujara said Indian bowlers will bowl better lengths than the Proteas. Pujara then found a partner in Parthiv Patel and the two took India to tea on 114/4.

The emergence of Jasprit Bumrah as a serious contender for a spot in India's Test starting XI has been one of the few positives of the South Africa tour for Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team.

Finally, in the seventh over of the morning, Bhuvneshwar got his reward as Elgar edged behind off another out-swinger.

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Rabada (30) put on 64 with Hashim Amla (32 not out) before edging Ishant Sharma (1-20) to Ajinkya Rahane at third slip five minutes before the interval.

Both Rabada and Amla lived dangerously after that against a ball that was jagging in both directions as cracks on the pitch opened up in the Highveld sun.

At the other end, Rabada gained in confidence as he ate up time and deliveries.

The value of Amla's stay at the crease, and the quantum of runs, was magnified by India's brilliant post-lunch burst triggered by Bumrah.

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Rabada didn't look in any trouble whatsoever even as the Indian bowlers were guilty of bowling a tad shorter than Cheteshwar Pujara had underlined after close of play on day one. Umpire Ian Gould turned down the appeal and South Africa did not review the decision.

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