Virat Kohli
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Indian captain Virat Kohli will be the prized wicket for South Africa on Day 3 of the Cape Town Test, revealed batter, Keegan Petersen. Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara hold the fort for India as the lead had swelled to 70 at the end of Day 2.

After bundling South Africa out for 210, India ended up with a small lead of 13. However, in the context of the game, it is much bigger than it seems. By the end of Day 2, the visitors had lost Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul and had reached 57/2.

The key would be to pick up a few early wickets tomorrow morning… The two batting now have been a bit of a headache for us in the last couple of innings. He’s (Kohli) one of the best batters in the world and he’s showed that time and again.”

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, Keegan Petersen
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. Credits: BCCI

Yes, he will be the big wicket tomorrow and if we can get his wicket early, it will open up the game. We would have been happy if we overcame the deficit and got a bit of a lead. That was the plan coming into the game today,” Petersen said in a media interaction.

“It’s the most challenging attack I’ve had” – Keegan Petersen on India’s bowling attack

The Indian bowling attack has been of the major reasons for the team’s stunning overseas victories in recent times. The pace troika of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj has troubled many a batter and Petersen feels it’s one of the toughest he has faced.

It’s (the Indian pace attack) extremely challenging. It’s the most challenging I’ve had in my whole career. You have to be focused and on your mark all the time or else they will expose you.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. Image-Twitter.

They test you in terms of scoring, there are not much scoring opportunities. They have not given us much. They are arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. We knew that coming into the series, it’s been challenging, we just got to deal with it,” Petersen added.

With three more days left in the Test, the Indian batters will be keen to take their time and establish themselves at the crease to set a strong target for the hosts.

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