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Won’t lose confidence in Johannesburg Test: Elgar

Centurion, Dec 30 (PTI) Poor performance by the batsmen led South Africa to suffer a loss in the first Test against India in their stronghold but captain Dean Elgar said his team would have to take the field in the second match to be played in Johannesburg. Confidence will not diminish.

Indian pace attack including Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj put on their best as South Africa were bowled out for 197 and 191 in both the innings. India won the first test by 113 runs.

“I don’t think going to Johannesburg is going to dampen our confidence in any way,” Elgar told a news conference after the match. Losing a match is never good, especially when we know where we have gone wrong. It is difficult to correct those mistakes during the match.

“Hopefully we will have some time until we get to the second Test at Wanderers (Johannesburg). We will have time to review our performance. ,

This is the first Test match for South Africa in the last six months. The team has played only six matches under the captaincy of Elgar. Earlier, Australia had refused to go to South Africa for the four-Test series.

Elgar had won the series 2–0 against the West Indies after getting regular captaincy of the team but lost the first Test at the hands of India.

“I don’t think it (the loss) will shake our confidence,” Elgar said. We have done relatively well in the last six months, so we have to use the kind of good energy that we have.”

“Yeah, we will definitely review our game as a group,” he said. We will definitely return. This is what I am expecting. ,

The Indian team was in a good position after scoring 270 for three on the first day of the match. Rahul played a brilliant century during this period.

He said, “India scored more than 300 runs in the first innings, winning the toss also went in their favour. This run cost us the rest of the four days of the game. If you take only three wickets on the first day, then obviously it will cost you dearly.

The Indian team registered a win at Centurion for the first time while this is only the second defeat for South Africa in 26 matches at this ground.

Elgar said his team will have to be careful against Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, who shared 13 wickets in this match.

“Shami obviously troubled our right-handers. Bumrah is always full of energy. You have to be vigilant against both. His bowling is very balanced.

“Siraj is also a useful bowler but our team needs to be more cautious than the experienced Shami and Bumrah,” he added.


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