CM – India vs. South Africa 1st test: « We can still win this, » says Pacer Kagiso Rabada

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Rabada took four wickets for 42 runs to help his team win India for 174 in 50.3 overs in their second innings, leaving the home side 305 runs to secure the win.

Published: December 30, 2021 12:14 PM |

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CENTURION: South Africa’s pacemaker Kagiso Rabada still believes his team can win the first Test against India, despite being reduced to 94 for 4 on the penultimate day here on Wednesday to get a tough target of 305 Reach.

Rabada took four wickets for 42 runs to help his team win India for 174 in 50.3 overs in their second innings, leaving the home side 305 runs to secure the win. South Africa needs 211 runs on the final day of the match on Thursday to win the match with six wickets in hand.

« Absolutely. We just have to show faith. Develop strategies overnight and see how we do it. Every athlete has to believe in it, « said Rabada when asked if South Africa can still win the first test.

He said that skipper Dean Elgar, who was not 52 on stumps, was the key on the last day of the team would be. « Dean is doing his best for his team, his country and himself. He’s leading from the front. He’s done it countless times, » Rabada said of his captain.

About the possibility of rain on Thursday’s last day, he said : « Yes, there have been discussions about when it will rain or not … It’s a bit uncontrollable. »

Rabada is in awe of the Indian pacemakers who decided the game in favor of the visiting team. « They have some good bowlers. (Mohammed) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah are very experienced and (Mohd) Siraj has been bowling well lately. They have good attack, they have pace and they have skills. They are show why they’re a good attack, « he said.

When asked about his debut pace colleague Marco Jansen, who took four wickets in the second Indian inning, Rabada said: » He’s a phenomenal talent. He’s an unpleasant customer. Indian) second innings, he justified his pick … he seems like he wants to learn. He’s a hard worker. He’s really interested in doing good for his team and himself. « 

Regarding the number of no-balls (17 in the game, including six in the second Indian innings), the South African pacemaker said he had to go ahead the next game work on it. « Look, it’s not acceptable. I have to work on that. The no-balls are controllable and I have to work on them before the next test, « he added.

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