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IND vs SA |  Virat Kohli will need Cheteshwar Pujara’s support on day 3, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar felt that Virat Kohli would need the support of Cheteshwar Pujara, as both will lead the charge on Day 3 for India in Cape Town. The former Indian cricketer added that visitors can win the Cape Town test and earn a series victory if Kohli stays all day.

India faced South Africa in the third and final test of the three-game series in Cape Town. India were regrouped for 223 in the opening round of the series decider, and in response South Africa could only manage a total of 210 points. The visitors are balanced at 57/2 in the second set with a lead of 70 points. Virat Kohli plays on a score of 14 points, while Cheteshwar Pujara remained undefeated on 9 runs on day two.

India lost their first two games early in the second inning, and the South African bowlers did their best to dominate the opposing batting lineup. However, Kohli and Pujara sewed an unbeaten 33-point position ahead of Stumps on Day 2 and helped their team crumble at bat. Pujara played a smooth 43-stroke in the opening innings and looked solid with the bat in the Day 2 game in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, a former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said Cheteshwar Pujara had to support Kohli by building a good partnership with the Indian captain on Day 3. Gavaskar also praised Pujara for his approach in the opening heats.

“He should give Kohli company. The captain can hit the right balls for the limits. What Kohli needs is support from the other end. He needs the confidence someone needs to stay with him, ”Gavaskar said on Star Sports.

“Well he’s got to play the game he knows best. What we’ve seen over the last few rounds is he’s been looking a lot to push that scoreboard. It’s a very, very good sign because he seeks to do it without taking any unjustified risk. That’s what he has to do. His judgment around the stump is quite good in this series. When he gets a half-volley, he puts it away “, a he added.

Virat Kohli scored half a century of fighting in the opening innings, scoring 79 points on 201 balls. The India Test captain has seemed assured so far in the second set and will have to play a role in anchoring the team. Gavaskar believes India can win the current game in Cape Town if Kohli stays in the crease all day.

“Well if he stays all day then India, you can tell, will win the game. Their wicket is the one South Africa will be looking for (Day 3),” he said. .

“I think Marco Jansen made a mistake bypassing the wicket. When he knocked down the wicket he took it out to Centurion. It was easier for Virat Kohli. Wicket will be a better option for him,” said Gavaskar.

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