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BCCI Staff in Mumbai 30 December 2013 - 02:42pm IST

We can pull off a win: Peterson

Proteas spinner expects reverse swing and spin to play huge role on Day-5

Robin Peterson, South Africa’s left-arm spinner believes the hosts can pull off a win on the fifth day of the Durban Test. At stumps on day-four, the Proteas needed eight Indian wickets with a first-innings of 98.

"We have lost a lot of time in this game but definitely there`s a result in it for us,” Peterson said, referring to the rain interruptions. “At Kingsmead, usually 10 wickets fall on the fifth day. So we are hoping to be on the right side of things. The morning session is crucial, so we need early wickets to push for the win. Hopefully the bowlers can come out firing.

"The ball will be older and it becomes more variable then. The soft ball is tougher to score off. But it is also easier and comfortable to bat against. But reverse swing is there and spin comes in a little bit as well with the old ball. So we are hoping these two variables will play a massive role on this pitch for us," Peterson said.

Peterson played a crucial role in South Africa’s first-innings total of 500 with his fiery 61 off 52 balls. With Faf du Plessis he put up a 110-run stand for the eighth wicket to extend the hosts’ lead.

"At lunch we decided we wanted to get 100 runs ahead. But Faff and I got going, so we decided that since we have India on the back-foot, we might as well extend our lead. Things went our way and we kept them under pressure," he said.

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