Ashwin (12) and Wriddhiman Saha (0) soon departed and India were in deep trouble at 92/7 before Pandya took the attack back to the opposition and went to score 209 runs'.
"It was great for Test cricket". Eighteen wickets fell during the day while 200 runs were scored on a pitch which had plenty of life after being under covers for all of the third day, which was rained off. It has worked for us in the recent past, that's something definitely is a combination that a lot of global sides want to go with these days, because you don't want the bowlers to settle against one kind of batsmen and one line and length, specially with the new ball.
Dale Steyn, playing his first Test in over a year following shoulder surgery, was unable to bowl after tea due to a bruised heel and could now miss the rest of the three-match series, with early estimates suggesting a recovery time of four to six weeks.
Pandya is one of the most vital cogs in Virat Kohli's Team India and he proved against South Africa. Since the beginning, India started to lose wickets within regular gap. What Pujara liked about Pandya's innings was the character shown by him. "They force you to play good cricket in every over".
Du Plessis admitted that he was nervous about defending a low target after South Africa lost their last eight wickets for 65 runs before lunch. I made a mistake and got out.
"Look, they had collapses too, even in the first innings, if you take AB's innings out and Faf's to an extent, the batting hasn't clicked for them together either". Earlier the match, team Proteas won the toss and chose to bat first. "We were surprised how quick it was on the first day but today was very hard for batsmen".
Pandya's innings was in contrast to the struggles of most of the other Indian batsmen who were kept under pressure by South Africa's barrage of four fast bowlers. But now, they are travelling South Africa where considering the schedule, they will have to play a Test, a ODI and a T20I series against Proteas. "He batted really well and showed a lot of character".