Johannesburg: Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday said his side's second innings batting will have a "crucial" bearing on the first Test against South Africa here after the visitors came back into the match with a devastating exhibition of seam bowling by their pacers. (Day 2 Report)
India were bowled out for 280 in their first innings but clawed back brilliantly to leave the hosts at 213 for six at close in an action-packed second day.
"We wanted to bat as long as possible, but that did not happen. Virat Kohli batted well for his hundred yesterday and we had three crucial partnerships, so I can say the batting unit has done very well. Our second innings will be very crucial," said Rahane, who contributed 47 runs to the Indian total, at the post-match press conference. (Pics)