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Kohli: India pleased with 'lively' pitch

13 Janvier 2018

I know he is very hungry to do well and a hungry AB usually means a big run-scoring AB, so hopefully over the next few months, we will get a lot of runs from him.

"Losing wickets in bunches is something have to plug in. You still need to have a solid technique and go out there and be ready to face bowling spells which are going to be hard", said Kohli at the pre-match press conference here on Friday. "We are trying to rectify our mistakes and move forward". Look, each time they asked questions of us, we also asked questions of them. 20s or 30s were not enough. "He bowls a heavy ball and he likes involving himself".

This was followed by a line that might have given Shikhar Dhawan a hiccup: "We might do something different". There can still be a cracker of a series despite more speedy tracks awaiting Team India in Centurion and Johannesburg. They were in the game for 90% of the time.

Cape Town: Vernon Philander picked up a career-best 6-42 in Indias second innings, and the visitor struggled in seaming conditions. We are still feeling good about how we went about this Test match. "[In] all conditions, actually, away from home", Kohli said of Rahane. You have to take the game to him and be proactive.

Pandya, then, played a responsible innings and put a 99-run partnership stand with Bhuvneshwar (25) for the eight-wicket. There is no reason to believe we can't do that again. It was a hindrance even in a highly-successful home season.

Du Plessis‚ though‚ displayed a hint of concern. The way we responded was brilliant. You're looking good.' At the end of the day it's about trying to get the best out of players.

Somehow, the "will not" bit looked likely and the picture of Rahane in a bib carrying drinks came to mind. "We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here, when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won't help".

"We were surprised how much the ball was doing". "Day one was a lot faster than we thought it was going to be".

Though Du Plessis is expecting the batsmen to be more comfortable on this wicket, he is completely in the dark when it comes to the possibility of spin.

It was in late 2000 that Zaheer Khan clean-bowled three of Zimbabwe's tail-enders with yorkers, heralding his arrival as a star performer. India have a real challenge on their hands.

Meanwhile, South Africa look set to once again pick a four-pronged pace attack, although they have to replace the injured Dale Steyn.

"Coming to Newlands, it is generally slow, but they caught us off guard in the first morning". Moreover, the Newlands Test was a close contest with India having more than a fighting chance to win, but succumbed to a loss primarily because of a batting collapse. Rahul might be better suited to open in these conditions. Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada joined in with two wickets each. "That's how I break down intent".

Kohli: India pleased with 'lively' pitch