South Africa started the second day with the loss of one wicket and just like India, were unable to cope with the challenging bowling conditions as Bumrah took a five-fer and the team eventually gave a 13 run lead to India. India in their second innings are ahead by 70 runs with the loss of two wickets and feel that they have their neck slightly ahead of South Africa at the moment.
Keegan Peterson, the no.3 batter for SA in this match commented after the day that the batter should have scored more runs. “We sold ourselves short with the bat in terms of the runs” said the batsman. Like Kohli’s 79 in the first innings, Keegan was the lone warrior in the first innings for SA and had only Maharaj, Dussen and Bavuma as support.
But Peterson believes that the home side can still make a comeback in this test match if their bowlers get a breakthrough early in the morning and admitted that getting Pujara and Kohli out has been difficult for the Proteas.
“We are a bit behind the eight ball going into day three,” admitted Petersen, who struck his second consecutive half-century yesterday. “I think if we can pick up a few early wickets tomorrow (Thursday) morning it will be key, especially the two batters at the crease now. They have been a bit of a headache for us in the last couple of innings. If we can get two or three wickets it will be different.” said Peterson.
South Africa were eyeing for a lead in their first innings but were unable to do so owing to relentless bowling from Indian bowlers which the batsman acknowledged as “one of the best bowling attacks in the world”. India is eyeing their maiden test series win in South Africa. The series is squared at 1 – 1.