South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada said the hosts need to hit well in their opening innings to gain the upper hand in the decisive test against India in Cape Town. According to the point guard, despite the Proteas cleaning India for 223 on Day 1, the game remains balanced due to the difficult hitting conditions.
Rabada was the star performer, with numbers 4 for 73, as South Africa beat India in 77.3 overs on Tuesday. In response, the hosts lost skipper Dean Elgar for 3 and went to Stumps at 17 to 1.
Speaking at the end of an exciting cricket test day, Rabada felt that South Africa was not in the driver’s seat at the moment. The 26-year-old explained:
“The game is in balance. Obviously, we would have liked to win the draw. But we did well to restrict them for 223 but we are going to have to beat well. “
Speaking of the conditions, he said:
“There are still quite a few in this counter. We have no control over the conditions. It looks like a perfect test counter where the pasta needs to be crushed. I don’t think that will change much tomorrow.
Rabada achieved a memorable bowling performance in his 50th test. He returned three top Indian hitters to Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Despite this, the fast bowler refused to call it a “perfect day” for him. He explained:
“Very rarely do you get a perfect day. I had a good day and things turned out my way. In general what we try to do is be as consistent as possible in every game. I just tried to do the same things, nothing changes. Today things went my way, I think I feel good about the way I bowling. I felt good there.
Besides Rabada, youngster Marco Jansen again impressed with 3 for 55. Praising the talented left arm crimper, Rabada said Jansen had the X factor and also described him as an exciting prospect for Africa. from South.
“Well done to him” – Kagiso Rabada praises Virat Kohli
The most captivating phase of play on Day 1 in Cape Town was when Rabada faced Indian captain Virat Kohli. Short of runs and having failed the last test, Kohli was under pressure to deliver. He faced severe examination from Rabada. And while Kohli ultimately fell to the South African race leader, he scored a precious 79.
The Proteas fast pitcher said of his bowling plans against Kohli:
“The plan was to throw a good line and a good length. It was pretty obvious to try and pull away as he came out that way. He was very patient in getting off the ball. He hit extremely well, well done to him. “
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Apart from Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (43) and Rishabh Pant (27) were the only Indian hitters to offer some resistance on Day 1 in Cape Town.