South African batsman Keegan Peterson said India’s pace attack was the most challenging he has faced in his career.
In his fifth Test inning, the Boland batsman hit 72 smart bats from 166 overs.
Not many scoring chances: Keegan Peterson faces India pace attack
On a day when his team-mates struggled to face the wrath of India’s bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah, Peterson showed no rush to hit a tantalizing shot and completed his run smoothly by pounced on the bad ball.
The 28-year-old hit nine boundaries in his disciplined bat before he sliced a long pass from Bumrah’s bowler to fly towards Cheteshwar Pujara on the first slip.
Peterson admitted that it was extremely challenging to face Indian bowlers and it was difficult to score against them.
“It’s been extremely challenging, the most challenging I’ve faced in my entire career. We have to always focus on your goals or they will expose you,” Peterson told a news conference after the game that day.
“They test you in terms of scoring, there aren’t many scoring opportunities. They don’t give us much. They’re arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. We know going into this series, it’s been challenging and we just have to deal with it. it,” he added.
Aiden Markram will end up doing well: Keegan Peterson
Bumrah got India off to a good start by knocking down the stump of opener Aiden Markram on the second ball of the day. At the end of Day 1, Bumrah also fired Rangers hero Dean Elgar.
Markram has averaged 60 runs from five innings in 12 innings so far in the three-game Test series.
Peterson admits his teammates are going through a thin period with the bat, but he’s backing him to come back stronger.
“In terms of losing the early wickets, we had two quality opening batsmen who just had a rough time,” Peterson said.
“Dean (Elgar) has come through and Ayden has gone through some stages, but he’s a good player and we all know he (Mark Ram) will come through in the end,” he added.
South Africa openers Marco Jansen and Kagiso Rabada got India openers early in the second inning. India captains Virat Kohli (14*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9*) held their ground at the crease as India ended Day 2 with a 70-point lead.