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.
We need to dig deep: Penney
India’s fielding coach expects fight from the batsmen on final day
Team India ended the fourth day of the Durban Test with a tough task of batting out the fifth day to escape a loss. With the openers already back in the hut, it is advantage South Africa. However, Indian fielding coach, Trevor Penney is confident the Indian batsmen will fight it out and survive the day.
"The mood in the dressing room is just normal,” Penney said. “Our batsmen know what their roles are and who the South African bowlers are. They have studied them and played against them. So we need to dig deep and fight the day out.
“We have played good cricket over the last couple of weeks and the team is very upbeat about the possibility of trying to bat out tomorrow," he added.
While the Kingsmead wicket hasn’t had much assistance for the bowlers, the best weapon has been seen as reverse swing. Penney said India too were depending on it.
"The bounce is a bit more variable with the old ball. We just wanted to test with reverse swing as well.” He said. “It didn’t really allow the new batsmen to settle down, as we were relying on reverse swing and thought that was the best strategy."
The Indian pacers bowled rather long spells in the fourth innings of the Johannesburg Test and when asked if that led to fatigue, Penney answered in negative.
"We batted a quite a long time in this match and then the rain began to show up in the first couple of days. So the bowlers have also had a break. It is just that the South Africans batted well in that middle period, especially Jacques who dug in for a lot of balls. He just defended and then scored off the loose balls,"
Of Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up five wickets in South Africa’s first innings, the bowling coach said, "Jadeja bowled a lot of overs and got his wickets. But it didn’t really spin, not every ball. I think we have the batsmen to deal with that," said Penney.
"Normally, the seamers are South Africa’s biggest threat, aren’t they? We have to see them off in the morning and obviously when the reverse swing comes into play. So even if we start well, the guys need to watch out as the day goes on," he said referring to Indian batsmen’s task on the fifth day.