Former Cricketer appraised Hardik Pandya innings against Proteas

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I think it was great for Test cricket - getting a result in four days despite losing a day's play. It has worked for us in the recent past, that's something definitely is a combination that a lot of global sides want to go with these days, because you don't want the bowlers to settle against one kind of batsmen and one line and length, specially with the new ball.

Virat Kohli bemoaned India's inability to string partnerships together after they suffered a 72-run defeat to South Africa in an absorbing first Test.

He recently made a comeback in competitive cricket and Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not play during the four-day Test against Zimbabwe to preserve him for the India series.

Kohli gave credit to South Africa's pace bowling attack. You can't afford to lose three or four wickets quickly as we did today'. Later, they came to bat for the first innings when South AFrica got all out by scoring 286 runs in first innings.

"Hardik showed a lot of character". At the same time, they know that they can repeat that performance, and if we get a lively wicket again we can exploit those conditions. "We need to make their bowlers come back for second or third spells".

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Steyn left the field three balls into his 18th over as he felt a pain on his left heel. The Proteas recovered from a precarious 12/3 to 126/4, thanks to the 114-run fourth wicket between Ab de Villiers and skipper Faf du Plessis.

With Steyn unable to run, De Villiers needed to hit boundaries.

It was a match that was full of drama from the first morning when South Africa crashed to 12 for three after choosing to bat on a seaming pitch. I think we let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure.

But he said the bowlers had rectified their mistakes in the second innings, giving him confidence that they could push South Africa hard at Centurion.

South Africa opener Elgar then nearly collected a pair when the hosts began their second innings, the left-hander pulling his first ball just out of reach of Mohammad Shami at mid-on having nicked off third delivery in his first knock at Newlands. We needed to bat better than what we did.

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