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India vs South Africa: ‘Pitch wouldn’t be easy to bat on’ – Pujara defends timing of declaration
Ind vs Sa: India batted 67 overs in their second innings to declare at 323 for 4, leaving South Africa with a near-impossible chase of 395 with an hour on fourth day and full fifth day for batting..

Senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Saturday said that Indian team timed their second innings declaration in such a manner that they didn’t have to start with a soft semi new-ball on the fifth day of their first Test against South Africa.India batted 67 overs in their second innings to declare at 323 for 4, leaving South Africa with a near-impossible chase of 395 with an hour on fourth day and full fifth day for batting. South Africa finished at 11 for one in nine overs bowled in second innings.

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Asked if the timing of declaration was right, Pujara said,”It was. We did not want to bowl too many overs because we wanted to keep the ball hard for start of day five. You don’t want to end up bowling too many overs and once the ball gets soft, it gets slightly easier to bat.”

“We picked up a crucial wicket (Dean Elgar). So as a team, we are happy with the way things went today,” said Pujara, who scored a crucial 81 and shared an 169-run stand with twin centurion Rohit Sharma.

On a pitch where Rohit batted with ease, the more conventional Pujara, found it difficult to score quickly.

“It was a difficult pitch to bat on. It was not easy to rotate the strike and it was not easy to time the ball well and especially with my game and the kind of shots that I play, I was finding it little difficult early on. I knew that I once I was set, I will able to know the pace of the pitch.
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India vs South Africa 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: SA still need 384 more to win

India vs South Africa 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: Rohit Sharma’s century guided India to set a target of 395 for the visitors, who lost their first wicket early in their second innings.

India vs South Africa 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights: South Africa lost Dean Elgar’s wicket to be 11/1 at stumps on fourth day of the first Test in Visakhapatnam, after India set a massive target of 395 riding on opener Rohit Sharma’s (127) second hundred of the match.

After Rohit Sharma’s twin ton, and an explosive ending to the innings by Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, India declared for 323/4. They bowled for nine overs soon after, where Jadeja scalped the wicket of the South African opener. Aiden Markram and Theunis de Bruyn will continue on the fifth and final day, after surviving the Indian spin attack late in the third session. They still need 384 more runs to win.

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Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 05 October 2019

India declared their second innings on 323 for four in the final session of day four
South Africa were 11 for one at stumps with Markram, on three, and de Bruyn, on five, at the crease
SA need another 384 runs and India nine wickets on the final day to get ahead in the three-match series

VISAKHAPATNAM: Rohit Sharma on Saturday struck a second successive hundred in his debut as Test opener to help India set South Africa a daunting 395 to win the opening match of the three-match series.
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The hosts declared their second innings on 323 for four in the final session of day four in Visakhapatnam.
South Africa were 11 for one at stumps with Aiden Markram, on three, and Theunis de Bruyn, on five, at the crease.
The visitors need another 384 runs and India nine wickets on the final day to get ahead in the three-match series.
Ravindra Jadeja struck early after trapping first-innings centurion Dean Elgar for two in the fourth over of the innings.
The left-handed Elgar, who made 160 in the first innings, was given not out by the on-field umpire only for India to get the decision overturned with a TV review.

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