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“Most Challenging In My Whole Career”: South Africa Batsman On India Pace Attack



South African batsman Keegan Pietersen feels the Indian pace attack is the most challenging bowling attack of his career. Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive bowling performance backed by stellar batting performances from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli helped India regain some lost ground against South Africa on the second day of the ongoing third Test at Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Pietersen said India’s fast battery keeps the South African batsmen on their toes every now and then and the hosts need to focus when facing them.

“It (Indian fast bowler) is extremely challenging. It is the most challenging in my entire career. You have to focus on your marks all the time or else they will expose you,” Pietersen said at the press conference. After the day’s play is over.

“They test you in terms of scoring, not much scoring opportunities. They haven’t given us much. They are arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. We knew coming into the series, it’s going to be challenging, We just got to deal with it,” he said.

Pietersen scored 72 in the first innings and was the highest run-scorer for South Africa as the hosts were reduced to 210 runs. The right-handed batsman said that he likes to bat at number three but is happy to be in the playing XI for the time being.

Pietersen said, “I like to bat at number three, I have batted there for most of my career. In terms of losing early wickets, we have two high quality openers, they are going through bad times right now. ” Wednesday.

“Dean (Elgar) has come through and Aiden is going through a patch, but he is a quality player, we all know he (Markram) will do well eventually.

“I’m not upset, I’ll be happy to play in the mix and if I can make number three my own, I’ll be happy,” he said.

At stumps, India were 57/2– with the visitors extending their lead to 70 runs. Kohli (14*) and Pujara (9*) are currently unbeaten at the crease.


Taking a 13-run lead, India openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on a 20-run partnership for the first wicket, and Kagiso Rabada eventually broke the stand, dismissing Mayank (7). In the very next over, Marco Janssen dismissed KL Rahul (10) and India were reduced to 24/2.

Kohli and Pujara then gave momentum to the Indian innings, and both ensured that India did not lose more wickets before the stumps.

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