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Pant showed great character: Bowling coach

At that stage, you need a partnership, Virat was there at the other end, there was a need for a partnership. We batted really well, we wanted to stitch a partnership, Once Virat got out Rishan had to take the leading role. He batted really sensibility and gave a chance to win us the test match from here

Indian bowling coach Paras Mhambrey showered praise on Wicket Keeper batsman Pant. Pant has scored a gutsy 100 on Thursday which ensured visitors have crossed the lead of 200 in the third and deciding test match of the series.

Pant remained unbeaten on 100 as India was bowled out for 198 in the second innings. Marco Jansen picked up 4 wickets for the proteas.

“It was a fablous innings, it got us back in to the match.From a personal perspective, there was pressure on him, getting runs at crucial stage for the team, that’s important. He has set the game nicely for us. Really happy the way he played, he has showed a lot of character out there because it is not an easy wicket to bat on” said during Mhambrey during post match press conference held virtually.

“At that stage, you need a partnership, Virat was there at the other end, there was a need for a partnership. We batted really well, we wanted to stitch a partnership, Once Virat got out Rishan had to take the leading role. He batted really sensibility and gave a chance to win us the test match from here” added the bowling coach.

Chasing 212 for victory, hosts lost Markram (16) with 23 runs on the board. The opener was caught in the slips after edging a delivery from Shami. Petersen who remained unbeaten on 48 has added 78 runs to the second wicket before Elgar nicked a legside delivery back to the keeper in the bowling of Bumrah. South Africa needs 111 more runs to win the series with 8 wickets in hand.

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