South Africa’s Day 3 aim: Dismiss ‘headaches’ Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara early

India
lost
both
their
openers
cheaply
once
again
in
the
second
innings
but
Pujara
(9)
and
Kohli
(14)
thereafter
took
charge
of
the
proceedings
and
saw
through
the
second
day
to
take
their
overall
lead
to
70
runs.

“The
key
would
be
to
pick
up
a
few
early
wickets
tomorrow
morning…
The
two
batting
now
have
been
a
bit
of
a
headache
for
us
in
the
last
couple
of
innings,”
Petersen
said
in
the
media
interaction
after
the
end
of
day
two’s
proceedings.

In
the
first
innings,
Kohli
top-scored
with
a
well-crafted
79
off
201
balls,
while
Pujara
gave
a
fine
assistance
with
a
77-ball
43
to
steady
the
proceedings
after
KL
Rahul
and
Mayank
Agarwal
were
dismissed
early.

“He’s
(Kohli)
one
of
the
best
batters
in
the
world
and
he’s
showed
that
time
and
again.
Yes,
he
will
be
the
big
wicket
tomorrow
and
if
we
can
get
his
wicket
early,
it
will
open
up
the
game.”
Petersen,
who
hit
72
off
166
balls,
was
the
top
scorer
for
the
home
side
as
they
were
dismissed
by
India
for
210,
conceding
a
13-run
first
innings
lead.

“We
would
have
been
happy
if
we
overcame
the
deficit
and
got
a
bit
of
a
lead.
That
was
the
plan
coming
into
the
game
today,”
he
said.

Petersen
brought
up
his
second
fifty
of
the
series
on
Wednesday
against
some
top
class
Indian
pace
bowling.

The
28-year-old
led
South
Africa’s
fightback
after
Jasprit
Bumrah
removed
the
openers
early
in
the
series-deciding
third
Test.

“It’s
(the
Indian
pace
attack)
extremely
challenging.
It’s
the
most
challenging
I’ve
had
in
my
whole
career.
You
have
to
be
focused
and
on
your
mark
all
the
time
or
else
they
will
expose
you.

“They
test
you
in
terms
of
scoring,
there’s
not
much
of
scoring
opportunities.
They
have
not
given
us
much.
They
are
arguably
one
of
the
best
bowling
attacks
in
the
world.
We
knew
that
coming
into
the
series,
it’s
been
challenging,
we
just
got
to
deal
with
it,”
Petersen
said.

On
missing
out
on
a
century
for
the
second
time
in
the
series,
he
said:
“To
be
honest,
it’s
not
lack
of
trying.
It’s
just
eluding
us
at
the
moment.
Yes,
I
got
close
but
let
the
team
down
by
not
getting
there.
But
I
think
it
will
come
eventually.”

  • Jasprit
    Bumrah:
    ‘I
    don’t
    get
    angry
    over
    outside
    noise,
    focussed
    on
    the
    present’
  • Virat
    Kohli
    completes
    100
    catches
    in
    Test
    Cricket,
    joins
    elite
    club
    topped
    by
    head
    coach
    Rahul
    Dravid
  • Dale
    Steyn
    suggests
    introduction
    of
    free
    hit
    in
    Test
    cricket
    to
    help
    tail
    enders
    survive
    longer
    overs
  • India
    vs
    South
    Africa
    3rd
    Test
    Day
    2
    Highlights:
    Bumrah
    grabs
    fifer
    as
    tourists
    claim
    slight
    edge
    over
    Proteas
  • India
    vs
    SA,
    3rd
    Test
    Day
    2:
    Shami
    impresses
    with
    fiery
    spell,
    Petersen
    slams
    fifty;
    hosts
    7
    down
    at
    tea
  • India
    vs
    South
    Africa:
    Washington
    Sundar
    ruled
    out
    of
    ODI
    series,
    Jayant
    Yadav
    named
    as
    replacement
  • India
    vs
    South
    Africa,
    3rd
    Test
    Day
    2:
    Petersen,
    van
    der
    Dussen
    counter
    attack
    as
    SA
    reach
    100/3
    at
    lunch
  • Vikram
    Rathour
    lauds
    Virat
    Kohli
    for
    being
    more
    disciplined,
    terms
    India’s
    batting
    as
    below
    par
  • India
    vs
    SA,
    3rd
    Test
    Highlights:
    Rabada,
    Jansen
    restrict
    tourists
    to
    223;
    Kohli
    scores
    gritty
    79
    on
    day
    1
  • India
    vs
    South
    Africa,
    3rd
    Test:
    Defiant
    Kohli
    leads
    tourists
    to
    141/4
    at
    tea
    on
    day
    1
  • India
    vs
    South
    Africa,
    3rd
    Test,
    Day
    1:
    Kohli,
    Pujara
    steady
    ship
    after
    visitors
    lose
    openers
    cheaply
  • Washington
    Sundar
    tests
    positive
    for
    COVID-19,
    doubtful
    for
    ODI
    series
    in
    South
    Africa

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