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India vs South Africa: Need to Find a Way to Tackle Pandya, Says Rabada

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 6, 2018, 11:50 PM IST
India vs South Africa: Need to Find a Way to Tackle Pandya, Says Rabada

Kagiso Rabada. (Getty Images)

Cape Town: South African pacer Kagiso Rabada felt that his team still needs to find a way to tackle the threat posed by Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

"Looking at a player like him, he likes to play his natural game by playing shots. Sometimes that can put you on the backfoot or sometimes that can pay off for the bowling side. So it's a bit of a gamble, but if he chooses to play that way and it works for him then great. We need to find a way to counter him," Rabada said.

Hardik Pandya scored 93 and took two wickets to bring India back into the game.

"It's a wicket where you really have to graft. You can't just come in and play shots everywhere. It's almost like there's a ball that will have your name on it. I think you need a little bit of luck. As you have seen Hardik Pandya got dropped, but he did play well. So I think it's a wicket where you need a little bit of luck. You need to really grind," Rabada added.

But the fast bowler felt that his team still held the upper hand and they need to make the most of the position they are in.

"We are slightly ahead and we are not going to give in. We need more hard work but we will take it at the end of the day. After the sort of momentum India got in the second session, we would take that lead," said Rabada.

"Obviously, we were hoping for a bigger lead but India are not going to roll over and we expected that. That is what they showed out there," Rabada added.

"It is tough to say what fourth innings' score we are looking for right now. We are looking at batting time, looking to bat normally and see what happens from there. We want to make it hard for them to score," he added.

With Steyn set to miss the remainder of the series, Rabada said he felt sympathetic for the South African star.

"It's never nice for Dale Steyn because he's just come back from injury, so just feeling very sympathetic for him. It's not a nice thing, but we have to find a way to win this Test match. Luckily this time, we went with four seamers. So there's three seamers now that have to do the work," said Rabada.

First Published: January 6, 2018, 11:47 PM IST

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