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SA v IND, 3rd Test: If we bowl in the right areas then we can restrict them, says Pujara

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Cape Town, Jan 12 (IANS) India top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara believes if the visitors’ bowl well in the right areas, then they can restrict South Africa to a total less than 223 made by them in the first innings.

He added that India could have made 30-40 more runs in the first innings and reckoned 275 to be a good total on the pitch at Newlands Cricket Ground.

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“We definitely should have scored 30-40 runs but we are confident in our bowling line-up. If we bowl in the right areas then we can restrict them. I think 275 is a good total on this pitch,” said Pujara in a chat with broadcasters before the start of day two.

Pujara pointed out that a batter cannot feel like being set on a pitch like this. “You might feel there’s not enough when a partnership is building but there’s one ball which can do a bit and can surprise you as a batter even when you are set.”

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He also suggested that there is a lot for the bowlers to gain from the pitch. “It is a true pitch. There is enough in it for the bowlers but if you apply yourself, if you are set then you get value for your shots. I thought it is a very good cricketing pitch.”

The 33-year-old signed off by saying that he was disappointed with not being able to convert a good start into a big score. Pujara had made 43 in the first innings and was India’s second highest run-scorer after Kohli’s resolute 79 on day one.

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“You are never set and need to know which shot to play and which shot to avoid, when you are in you have to make it count which I couldn’t do but like Virat did.”

–IANS

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