SA vs IND, 3rd Test: Kagiso Rabada praises Virat Kohli’s lone battle in Cape Town;

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SA vs IND, 3rd Test: Kagiso Rabada praises Virat Kohli’s lone battle in Cape Town;

SA vs IND: Kagiso Rabada, a South African pacer, believes the hosts’ batters would have to sweat it out to win the series-deciding SA vs IND 3rd Test at Newlands in Cape Town.

On day one of the third Test, the South African paceman celebrated his 50th Test with a four-wicket haul, while Virat Kohli’s battling innings of 79 helped India post 223 runs. After opting to bat, India’s other hitters fell prey to South African bowling, and Kohli led the charge with a tenacious 79.

After Day 2’s play, Kagiso Rabada observed, “There is no greater teacher than experience.” When asked about the game, he said. “The game is on the verge of being decided. We had hoped to win the coin toss. We did a good job limiting India to 223, but we still need to bat well.”

“Our greatest strength, I believe, is that we are relentless and resilient, which forced us to adapt quickly. When you’re competing against someone, you’re constantly going to learn something new. So I believe that puts us in an excellent position for the future” pacer added.

When asked about the circumstances, he said: “That wicket still has quite a bit in it. We have no control over the circumstances. It appears to be an ideal Test wicket for hitters who must grind. I don’t think much will change tomorrow.”

The bowler stated of his match with Virat Kohli, “I was attempting to swing the ball away from his pads rather than bowl at them. He batted quite well, which is a credit to him. He also ‘left’ well.”

South Africa’s total at stumps on Day 1 was 17/1, with the hosts still trailing by 206 runs. For the hosts, Aiden Markram (8*) and Keshav Maharaj (6*) are both unbeaten at the crease. Before the end of the game, Jasprit Bumrah took Dean Elgar’s wicket.

(With ANI Inputs)

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