Batting carnage as South Africa blast India aside

Posted January 09, 2018

"We needed someone to go out there and score 75 or 80 and we need to sit down and talk about stringing together partnerships".

"It was great for Test cricket".

Steyn was selected to feature in the inaugural day-night four-day Test in Port Elizabeth against Zimbabwe but he missed that Test due to a viral infection. It has worked for us in the recent past, that's something definitely is a combination that a lot of worldwide sides want to go with these days, because you don't want the bowlers to settle against one kind of batsmen and one line and length, specially with the new ball. He got out agonizingly close to his second Test hundred at 93 but his innings kept India in the game.

Pandya, 24, confirmed the reputation he earned as a dashing stroke player, first in limited overs cricket and more recently when he scored 178 runs off 168 balls in three Test innings in Sri Lanka previous year, including 108 off 96 deliveries in the third Test in Kandy. 3rd wicket was the most important for South AFrica who was skipper Virat Kohli. Since the beginning, India started to lose wickets within regular gap.

"Hardik showed a lot of character. They force you to play good cricket in every over". "We need to make their bowlers come back for second or third spells".

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The partnership frustrated the South African bowlers and kept them in the field long enough for Dale Steyn to give South Africa another injury scare. "But he wanted to do it", said Du Plessis.

It was a match that was full of drama from the first morning when South Africa crashed to 12 for three after choosing to bat on a seaming pitch.

"I think, we let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure", Kohli said.

Steyn, who needed just three wickets to overhaul Shaun Pollock's record of 421 Test wickets and become the leading South African bowler, could also be in doubt for the Australia series starting from March 1. South Africa made 286 all out in its first innings and bowled out the tourists for 209.

"We need the batsmen to apply themselves and show more character".