Cheteshwar Pujara feels 187 as good as 300 on tough Wanderers pitch
While Cheteshwar Pujara was confident of the score posted on board by the Indian cricket team, South Africa cricket team allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo felt the hosts have control of the third Test after Day 1.Updated: Jan 25, 2018 12:27 IST
Terming his 179-ball fifty as one of the toughest he has ever scored on a very difficult Wanderers pitch, Cheteshwar Pujara said 187 is as good as 300 and hoped Indian cricket team seamers would come into play quickly and dismiss South Africa for less than 150. (India v South Africa Day 1 highlights | Scorecard)
South African allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo, however, thinks 187 wasn’t a par score and that the hosts could outscore it if they hung around till the bowlers get tired. With both camps taking contrasting positives from the first day, all will boil down to how India bowl on the second day. Pujara is upbeat about India’s chances.
“It was difficult to score on. It was difficult to rotate the strike. It has lot of bounce, it has seam movement and there is enough pace now. So we had to work hard. But the total we have, I think it’s as good as scoring 300 on any wicket. We got a wicket and if we bowl well, we will get them out. I would say it was a good day for us,” said Pujara on Wednesday.