Risky pitch brings early close with India on top

A wicket looked likelier to arrive than a run off the bat.

"We are here to play cricket", said Gibson.

The ICC released a statement after play revealing that all involved agreed to the game continuing as normal despite the pitch.

Rahane also went onto say what happened when he was batting and stressed on the fact that the wicket is challenging but it's the same for both the teams. The wicket was similar for both teams.

Then in February 2009, a match in Antigua was called off after just 10 balls because a soft, sandy outfield was regarded as unsafe for bowlers and fielders. Sometimes it jumped off a length, and also seamed back in, leaving the batsmen nowhere to go. The ball landed almost eight-and-a-half meters from the base of the stump and climbed slightly higher than usual.

"The bounce on this wicket is completely natural. It is not risky, it is completely similar for both teams". They've made us play a lot more. His fellow commentator Kepler Wessels called the pitch unsafe as the pitch was not suitable for a good contest between bat and ball. "But I don't think the wicket is too risky". Unfortunately Elgar got hit on his head, and I hope he's fine.

The rights and wrongs of taking the players off for unsafe conditions are complex in a sport where batsmen are regularly hit in the hands, arms, ribs, and even helmet by the ball.

"The match referee called me at tea time in case the wicket got unsafe, in which case both the captains would be consulted".

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As many as three Indian and one South African batsmen were hit on day three as the ball rose from good length area. We had not asked for this wicket.

The Saurashtra batsman continued to dig deep, reaching his 17th Test fifty off 179 deliveries but was immediately dismissed caught behind by Quinton de Kock off Phehlukwayo.

A test between the same two teams was abandoned because of a unsafe batting pitch in Jamaica in 1998, the only other time a test match has been stopped because of danger to the batsmen. We have to be prepared to play on these kinds of wickets.

"Umpires are the final judges on the fitness of the ground".

As he received treatment, the umpires came together and match referee Pycroft emerged from his office and onto the playing field to talk with them. Both had scored 30 each in the first innings and without that India would have had a comfortable 300 to defend.

The hosts were looking comfortable as Elgar and Amla compiled a partnership of 119, although it took four hours and 50.4 overs of hard work on a difficult pitch. But some of the back of length deliveries got odd bounce and struck on the bodies of the visiting and home batsmen.

The umpires and match referee were concerned about players' safety. Surprisingly, there is no official word from the match referee on this issue yet.

- Virat Kohli surpassed M. S. Dhoni's tally of 3454 runs as Indian captain in Test cricket when he contributed a vital 41 in the second innings here, thereby taking his run tally as Indian captain to 3456.

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