The highest-order might have failed to fireplace in opposition to India’s well-oiled tempo unit however Temba Bavuma, who has did not stay as much as his fame with the willow to date within the collection, hailed the ninth-wicket partnership between Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj as a confidence-booster.
“There are loads of positives to take. That is positively a confidence-booster. Keshav is the massive participant within the staff, clearly, Vernon as nicely. For large gamers, for senior gamers to step up when the event arises is certainly one thing we will stick out our chest on,” mentioned Bavuma.
“Over the following two days, we’re going to want much more of that — with the ball, bat, in each division. We’re going to want guys to place their hand up, irrespective of which manner the outcome goes. We’ll present that our delight is unbroken.”
Whereas the Pune pitch has been fully totally different from the sandpit on the similar venue two years in the past, Bavuma mentioned it nonetheless didn’t have any demons.
No demons in pitch
“From the surface, trying on the partnership between Vernon and Keshav, it doesn’t appear like there are demons within the pitch. As soon as the ball will get smooth, after the 30th or 40th over, we will actually make inroads with the bat,” he mentioned.
“I feel for us the problem is to get to that 30th or 40th over with out loads of injury after which setting a rating from there. One or two balls have spun as you’ll’ve anticipated on a day-three wicket and I’m positive, as the sport progresses, and by the point it will get to day 5, it would begin appearing up somewhat extra. It’s a pitch that’s most likely much like what we’ll get again dwelling in South Africa.”