India’s bowling coach Paras Mahambre has said that in the second innings of the third and deciding Test against South Africa, Rishabh Pant batted very intelligently and created a great chance for the team to win. Flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Pant’s not-out century helped India set a target of 212 runs for the hosts on the third day of the third and final Test of the series on Thursday. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, both experienced Indian middle order batsmen, had another bad day and the team found itself in a difficult position at one point.
Captain Virat Kohli Kohli and Pant, however, took charge of the innings as both the batsmen made a partnership of 94 runs. After Kohli was dismissed for 29, Pant continued his run from the other end. Bowling coach Mahambre said, “At that time a big partnership was needed and sensing the situation, Pant and Kohli formed a big partnership. Pant batted very intelligently. When Kohli got out, Pant played a key role in taking the team to a respectable score. Mahambre said, ‘Pant has given us a great chance to win from here. It was his brilliant innings. Pant scored runs in crucial time. When it was not easy to bat, he batted with a positive attitude.
South Africa scored 101 for two on the third day of the third and final Test, losing both their openers. At one point, Dean Elgar (30) and Keegan Pietersen (48 not out) were batting in a dangerous manner which could have cost the Indian team. The two batsmen put on a 78-run stand for the second wicket before Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was dismissed by the big fish Elgar. Mhambrey said, ‘At one point it was becoming difficult to stop both the South African batsmen. Thankfully we took wickets.