With Virat Kohli’s absence from the second test match underway, India faced a massive loss to South Africa on Day 1 in Johannesburg. With the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara losing cheaply, Ravichandran Ashwin played an important push to rekindle hope for the visitors. The spinner registered 46 hits of 50 balls and also hit six on his stroke. Speaking on Star Sports, former cricketer Irfan Pathan praised the veteran’s contribution and said it was “an important cricket match, very important for the Indian team.”
“In the middle, I think his average could be much higher than 30 because he’s capable of hitting the ball. But he needs to show his method in regards to hitting the ball and scoring some times. And his 46 are very important runs,” said the former all-rounder.
At no. 7, The hitter had to carry India from a precarious position with rapidly falling baskets.
“It came at a time when India was in trouble and someone needed to use their experience. Ashwin used his experience very well. He kept playing shots because he knew even one. the ball will also take away his racket and that’s why he needs to play those balls, says Pathan.
“46 is a very important run.”
Ashwin was eventually sacked by Marco Jansen in the 61st game. Having received a short ball, Ashwin headed in a dangerous manner to catch the ball, completing Keegan Petersen’s task brilliantly.
After his departure, India quickly lost its taillights and were eliminated with 202 place in 63.1 rounds.
The hosts had a lousy hit as Rahane lost his whip to the golden duck and Pujara could only register three runs.
In addition to Ashwin, opener KL Rahul played a remarkable hit, making his mark for half a century.
Jansen was in great form for Proteas and won four shots. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier each have three goals.
In response to 202, South Africa finished the day in 35th place for one of 18 overtakes at Stumps. The hosts lost player Aiden Markram in the final game with Mohammed Shami bringing him back to the stall.
South Africa is currently trailing 167 runs.
On day 2, the away team will put more pressure on the beaters and try to limit them to a lower total.
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