India are tottering at 35 for 3 still needing another 252 runs to win the second Test match in Centurion. Many believe that the Test match is slowly getting out of India's grasp. So does Dean Elgar who said that Virat Kohli's wicket was a massive boost for them on Day 4.
"We need to get seven wickets somehow, we don't really care how. We just need to execute our processes. The wicket will play into our hands nicely with our seamers and Keshav Maharaj coming in on what is proving to be a decent spinning wicket. Our fast bowlers thrive on bowling on wickets like this. If they can get the ball to reverse as soon as possible it will be a massive asset," said Elgar at the post-match press conference.
"We were in quite a lot of trouble yesterday when AB and I got together, and we knew we had to find a way and grind it out. We were very thankful for a lead on that wicket - whether it was 30 runs or 50 runs - it was going to prove quite a lot. It was a good day for us and the cherry on the top was the way the bowlers put their hands up,It was a brilliant day for South Africa. By no means was it an easy day. The conditions worked in India's favour. The ball was turning quite a bit for Ashwin and he utilized it quite nicely, especially against the left-handers. Their seamers were quite effective in conditions they seem quite used to bowling in," he added.
"We had to try and bat as long as possible. There was so much time left in the game. We knew we had to knuckle down and work in small segments. Our first target was to reach drinks and then as we started getting used to the pace of the wicket, run-scoring opportunities proved to be easier. That was the nature throughout the day," added Elgar on the need for batting long hours in Centurion.
Elgar also kept his view on the Centurion wicket. "It's very disappointing because SuperSport Park usually prepares very good Test pitches and as day three, four and five roll on it proves to be very competitive. It shows you should not just be relying on your first innings, you should be relying on your second to score runs as well. It's a little disappointing to have a wicket of this nature because it's not what we would choose to play a subcontinental side on, but so be it, we are done complaining about it. We just need to crack on and try and win a Test," he added.
Ngidi dismissing Kohli was the moment of the match, Elgar concluded saying.