Hardik Pandya has kept us in the game: Cheteshwar Pujara

Posted January 09, 2018

"Still feeling good about how we went about this Test match".

"It was great for Test cricket". We were pretty much in the Test match on all days. It has worked for us in the recent past, that's something definitely is a combination that a lot of worldwide sides want to go with these days, because you don't want the bowlers to settle against one kind of batsmen and one line and length, specially with the new ball.

India collapsed to a 72-run defeat on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in a meeting of the world's two top-ranked teams.

He recently made a comeback in competitive cricket and Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not play during the four-day Test against Zimbabwe to preserve him for the India series. 3rd wicket was the most important for South AFrica who was skipper Virat Kohli.

Kohli also refused to be drawn into the hype of quicker and faster wickets welcoming his team as the series moved to the Highveld for games at Centurion and Johannesburg, stating that with a little application India would be to exploit even those conditions. Later, they came to bat for the first innings when South AFrica got all out by scoring 286 runs in first innings. The 29-year-old also credited the way South Africans bowled their heart out despite being reduced to three pacers, with their spearhead Dale Steyn being ruled out."Credit to them, they were a bowler short and still bowled their heart out".

Philander then had Ashwin (12) caught behind - De Kock claiming one handed diving across the slips - before Saha (0) shouldered arms and was pinned lbw by a nip-backer from Steyn, the seamer now three scalps away from overtaking Shaun Pollock (421) as the Proteas' top Test wicket-taker.

With Steyn unable to run, De Villiers needed to hit boundaries. "We didn't get the runs but it was the mindset that counts", said Du Plessis.

"I think, we let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure", Kohli said. "We were surprised how quick it was on the first day but today was very hard for batsmen". "We needed to show more character with the bat there is no question about it".