Rahane Says 2nd Innings Will be Crucial - The New Indian Express

Rahane Says 2nd Innings Will be Crucial

Published: 20th December 2013 11:56 AM

Last Updated: 20th December 2013 03:39 PM

Indian ba­t­­s­man Ajinkya Rahane on Th­­ursday said his side’s seco­nd innings batting will have a “crucial” bearing on the fi­rst Test against South Africa he­re after the visitors came ba­ck into the match with a de­­vastating exhibition of se­am bowling by their pacers.

India were bowled out for 280 in their first innings but clawed back brilliantly to leave the hosts at 213 for six at close in an action-packed second day. “We wanted to bat as long as possible, but that did not happen. Virat Kohli batted well for his hundred on Wednesday and we had three crucial partnerships, so I can say the batting unit has done very well. Our second innings will be very crucial,” said Rahane, who contributed 47 runs to the Indian total, at the post-match press conference.

“South Africa are still trailing us by 67 runs. We need continue to bowl well tomorrow and take wickets of their tail. Then we need to bat well, because chasing 275 runs on this pitch will be a challenge,” he said.

Rahane said his experience of South African conditions as part of India A team earlier in the year has helped him. “Batting on this pitch is not difficult, but challenging. Because, South Africa pace attack is very good. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel are experienced bowlers. I just wanted to bat with in my limitations and take  my time in the middle. I have played 65 First-Class ga­m­es, so that helped,” he said.

“Also, I toured here in August as part of India A team, so experience of the conditions from that time also helped me,” he added.


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