Rahane Says 2nd Innings Will be Crucial
By Agencies | Published: 20th December 2013 11:56 AM |
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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