SA batsmen can emulate 1st innings effort: Philander
South Africa’s most experienced pacer Vernon Philander on Saturday said his team is still “within a shot” of winning the first Test against India and backed his batsmen to emulate their first innings effort on day five.
In response to India’s 502/7, South Africa exceeded expectations by scoring 431 in their first innings. At stumps on day four, they were 11 for one, needing another 384 runs for an improbably victory.
“I still think we are in with a shot. They played really well, myself, KG (Rabada) all started well. Taking 70 runs lead we would have taken it as they scored 500 runs. Hopefully we come ready tomorrow, bat well and take it real close,” said Philander, referring to the 71-run lead they conceded to India.
First innings centurion Dean Elgar was the only South African to get out towards the end of final session. Philander expects others in the team to rise to the occasion.