Cheteshwara Pujara said ” It was one of the toughest batting pitches he has ever played, who batted for 261 mins and scored a half-century at Wanderers along side captain V.Kohli.

Pujara took whopping 54 balls to score his hard-earned 1st run who was applauded by a small crowd at the bullring stadium

“It was difficult to score runs, especially initially in the first session. It was difficult to rotate the strike.There was a lot of bounce, it has seam movement and there is enough pace.”

A tight partnership with Virat has given India a lifeline to battle out from being whitewash test.

At stumps, Hashim Amla is holding the South African batting line up alongside Captain Fa Du Plessis who has brought 100 runs with 4 wickets down.

India 1st Innings – 187/10 in 76.4 Overs 

Murali Vijay c de Kock b Rabada 8
Lokesh Rahul c de Kock b Philander 0
Cheteshwar Pujara c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 50
Virat Kohli c de Villiers b Lungi Ngidi 54
Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Morne Morkel 9
Parthiv Patel c de Kock b Morne Morkel 2
Hardik Pandya c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar c Phehlukwayo b Rabada 30
Mohammed Shami c Rabada b Philander 8
Ishant Sharma c du Plessis b Rabada 0
Jasprit Bumrah not out 0
Extras (b 11, lb 7, w 6, nb 2, p 0) 26

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