Ngidi traps Kohli in front © AFP
Ngidi traps Kohli in front © AFP

South Africa are 7 wickets away from sealing the 3-Test series, 0-2 from India. The second Test looks more or less in their favour after visitor’s lost 3 wickets on Day 4, while chasing 287. India’s batting much like the 90’s,  that relied on Sachin Tendulkar, now revolves around one man – Virat Kohli.

Dean Elgar, who rescued his side from a dicey position, said that getting Kohli’s wicket was a huge moment. He said, “It’s massive for us and I think it’s massive for India, knowing he is not batting. He’s a very special batsman as we saw in the first innings and we knew it was a massive moment to get him out. But we all knew it was possible because he is human and he can also fail. I am sitting here with a smile on my face knowing there is one less very competitive, very talented guy that we don’t have to deal with.”

Speaking about South Africa’s position heading into final day of play, Elgar said: “It was a brilliant day for South Africa. By no means was it an easy day. The conditions worked in India’s favour. The ball was turning quite a bit for Ashwin and he utilized it quite nicely, especially against the left-handers. Their seamers were quite effective in conditions they seem quite used to bowling in.”

Elgar too echoed in voices about how poor the Centurion track was. He said: “It’s very disappointing because SuperSport Park usually prepares very good Test pitches and as day three, four and five roll on it proves to be very competitive. It shows you should not just be relying on your first innings, you should be relying on your second to score runs as well. It’s a little disappointing to have a wicket of this nature because it’s not what we would choose to play a subcontinental side on, but so be it, we are done complaining about it. We just need to crack on and try and win a Test.”