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SA vs IND: Dean Elgar saved the Indian bowlers at bay late on Day 3.© AFP

Former India batter Gautam Gambhir mentioned India should not lose perception forward of the fourth day of the second Take a look at in opposition to South Africa in Johannesburg. India had been bowled out for 266 on Wednesday and set the Proteas a goal of 240 to win. In response, the hosts had been 118/2 at stumps on the third day, with skipper Dean Elgar unbeaten on 46. Talking on Star Sports activities within the post-stumps present, Gambhir replied to a question about India’s probabilities on the fourth day, saying, “It is nearly eight deliveries. If you happen to get one good wicket, most likely then you may get one or two extra; straightaway you get into that middle-order and the lower-order as properly. So, I believe it’s attainable (for India to win).”

Gambhir additionally praised India all-rounder Shardul Thakur, who adopted up his seven-wicket scalp within the first innings with a vital breakthrough within the second – the wicket of South Africa opener Aiden Markram.

“Aiden Markram was the one who acquired your entire innings off to an excellent begin as a result of it was essential to get off to an honest begin,” Gambhir mentioned.

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“Generally you’ll be able to take somebody calmly. While you face individuals like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami from both finish and immediately you see Shardul Thakur, you’ll be able to really loosen up. However then that was an excellent over. It was not about that exact supply however about many deliveries earlier than that as properly the place he acquired (Markram) crushed,” he added.

“I assumed that Shardul was very, excellent. He caught to his plans, did not do something exterior his plans and simply saved bowling good line and size and he acquired his reward as properly. As a result of there’s lots taking place off the wicket as properly. When there’s lots taking place off the wicket, you need not attempt an excessive amount of. In order that’s the rationale I say issues can occur tomorrow as properly since you simply must maintain believing and maintain pondering that good deliveries and you’ll most likely get the rewards as properly,” Gambhir elaborated.

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