India vs South Africa, 3rd Test, Cape Town, Jan 11 – 15 2022, India tour of South Africa
Day 1 – South Africa trail by 206 runs
Day 1 Report: A fast-flowing first day here at Cape Town. 11 Wickets fell in total, and India went back in their camp with relief as they got out captain Elgar. Elgar was the man of the match in 2nd Test. Getting an experienced player back in the dugout will certainly boost Team India’s morale. Kohli was the star of today’s game, and it was a heartbreak for Indians that he was so close, yet so far from a century. This was perhaps his most disciplined knock across formats in recent years.
He wouldn’t have lost his wicket the way he did if it was not for the tumbling wickets at the other end. Pujara looked solid too but didn’t capitalize on the start. Rahane at this stage is just eating up opportunities of promising youngsters. It’s good to show faith in a player but it gets terrible when the player doesn’t repay it. It’s the case with Rahane now. Bumrah opened India’s wicket tally with Elgar’s wicket. Overall, the match is evenly poised.
Virat Kohli: Every Test match we play we feel we should win and want to win. That’s the kind of team we are, we compete really hard and we leave everything on the field. So yes a bit disappointing but credit to the way South Africa played. They really batted well and bowled well. We were really looking forward to getting go nth field. We all felt we could do something special, 122 wasn’t going to be that easy to get, the pitch was up and down, but like I said, the South African batsmen were really determined and got the job done.
If I have to be really harsh, after winning the toss we could have put 60-70 runs more. Shardul’s had a great Test match. In the few Test matches he’s played he’s really created that impact and won us games. The contribution he had with the bat was crucial as well. Hopefully as a unit, a few more of us can put our hands up in the next Test and put up a performance that will get India a win. (On Rahane and Pujara) They’ve been great players for us, they’ve always done the job for the team over the years.
They’ve obviously been under the pump a bit, but in the team we believe Pujara and Ajinkya are our best middle order batsmen. We always knew they could do something like that. Hopefully that gives them confidence and they can go out in the next test and put up an even better performance. Virat is feeling better already, been in the nets the last couple of days fielding and running around and I think he should be fine. Siraj is starting to feel better each day.
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