AB de Villiers pronounced Tuesday as being the day of reckoning for India and South Africa in the second Test.
“Today moved forward quite quickly,” the Protean middle-order bat, dismissed for a duck, said.
“Tomorrow is the big day for both teams. Whoever puts up their hands could come out on top. It’s a matter of arriving here and doing the basics well. We batted extremely poorly, quite a few soft wickets, and they bowled well. 18 wickets in the day is not a true reflection of how the wicket is playing, it’s playing better than that.”
De Villiers added that the South Africans fancied chasing anything up to 300 on this track.
“We would like to chase something in between 240 and 260. But if the Indian batters play well tomorrow, I really back our batters to come back and play well the next innings. After a very poor performance today, we’d like to come out and prove ourselves and play well again. Even if we have to chase 300, we’ll give it a good go,” the middle-order batsman said.
India’s fightback, de Villiers remarked, was hardly surprising. “They are the number one team in the world at the moment. You expect the number one team to bounce back after a poor performance. They caught us offsides and bounced back. They got Zaheer back into the attack, he’s a world-class bowler and put us under pressure from the word go. They found their lengths a bit better.”
South Africa aren’t unaware of the VVS Laxman threat going into daythree.
“We are very wary of him,” de Villiers said.
“We’ve seen him play big knocks for India before under pressure. He manages the player at the other end well, who is a youngster at the moment. He is definitely a danger man,” the South African said.
Source: Deccan Herald – December 27, 2010