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Protean batsman Keegan Petersen scored 62 off 118 balls as his side posted 229 in their first innings of the Johannesburg Test. Temba Bavuma scored a defiant 51 as none of the other batters could add anything substantial. India have taken the lead in their second innings as they ended day 2 on 85/2 leading by 58 runs.

After the day’s play Keegan Petersen was asked to give his opinion on Rassie Van Der Dussen’s controversial dismissal. Dussen was adjudged caught behind the wicket of Shardul Thakur. The replays show that the ball had dropped short of Rishabh Pant in his attempt to complete the catch.

“Don’t Want To Comment On That”-Keegan Petersen On Rassie Van der Dussen’s Dismissal

Responding to the query he said that as players they cannot challenge the umpire’s decision and have to take it as it comes.

“For safety purposes, I don’t want to comment on that because it is the umpire’s decision. We’re in a game where we have to take what they give us, regardless of what we think, whether it is out or not out. Some are going to go your way and some aren’t and there’s not much we can do about it” Petersen said.

Petersen also opened up on the pitch condition saying that it will get worse as the Test match progresses and will be tough to bat on.

Going To Be A Tough Test Match: Keegan Petersen

IND vs SA: "Have To Take The Decision"- Keegan Petersen On Rassie Van der Dussen's Dismissal

“I think it’s going to be tough for the rest of the Test match, and the pitch is definitely not getting better. We haven’t put a number to it yet, but the more (runs) they get, the more difficult (it) is going to be for us to get” Petersen said.

“It’s a difficult bowling attack to come up against. So realistically, I’d say anything under 200 would be a good total to chase. But the more they get, the further away it gets for us” he further added.

Earlier in the day, Shardul Thakur registered his best test figures of 7/61. The South Africa pacers then dismissed the Indian openers quickly in the second innings with Cheteshwar Pujara (35*) and Ajinkya Rahane (11*) adding an unbeaten 41-run stand to take India to 85/2.

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Anshuman Roy

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