SA v IND, 3rd Test: If we bowl in the right areas then we can restrict them, says Pujara

SA


[Cape Town: India appeal for a wicket during the second day of the third and final test match between South Africa and India in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. /PTI] Cape Town, Jan 12 : India top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara believes if the visitors' bowl well in the right areas, then they can restrict South Africa to a total less than 223 made by them in the first innings. He added that India could have made 30-40 more runs in the first innings and reckoned 275 to be a good total on the pitch at Newlands Cricket Ground. "We definitely should have scored 30-40 runs but we are confident in our bowling line-up. If we bowl in the right areas then we can restrict them. I think 275 is a good total on this pitch," said Pujara in a chat with broadcasters before the start of day two. Pujara pointed out that a batter cannot feel like being set on a pitch like this. "You might feel there's not enough when a partnership is building but there's one ball which can do a bit and can surprise you as a batter even when you are set." He also suggested that there is a lot for the bowlers to gain from the pitch. "It is a true pitch. There is enough in it for the bowlers but if you apply yourself, if you are set then you get value for your shots. I thought it is a very good cricketing pitch." The 33-year-old signed off by saying that he was disappointed with not being able to convert a good start into a big score. Pujara had made 43 in the first innings and was India's second highest run-scorer after Kohli's resolute 79 on day one. "You are never set and need to know which shot to play and which shot to avoid, when you are in you have to make it count which I couldn't do but like Virat did." /IANS




Related

IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals win toss, opt to bowl against Knight Riders
[Mumbai: Shreyas Iyer, captain of Kolkata Knight Riders hits a four during the 41st T20 cricket match of the Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15

Prime Video India reveals 40-strong programming slate for next 2 yrs
[Mumbai: Bollywood producer Karan Johar speaks during an event of Amazon Prime Video, in Mumbai, Thursday, April 28, 2022. Amazon unveiled a slate of

NCB seizes 50 kg heroin from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar
[**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM NCB OFFICE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2022** New Delhi: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials recover 50 kg o