Town - Temba
Bavuma has described the Newlands wicket
in Cape Town as challenging, but not impossible to bat on.
The 28-year-old played a
measured, well-crafted innings of 75 valuable
runs on Friday as the Proteas took control of the second Test against
Having skittled their visitors
for 177 on day one, South Africa are
now sitting pretty at 382/6 with a healthy
first innings lead of 205 that will
surely end in victory over the next day or two.
Bavuma was one of four South
Africans to raise his bat in the first innings with Aiden Markram (78), Quinton
de Kock (55*) and captain Faf du Plessis (103) the other contributors.
Yet, at the end of the second
day's play, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slammed the state of the Newlands
surface, saying it was not good enough to host Test
Arthur's comments came at the
routine press conference that follows every day's play, and just minutes after
he had left the media centre, Bavuma arrived on South African press duty.
Given Arthur's stance, it didn't
take long before Bavuma was asked to give his views on the strip.
it was challenging and a tricky wicket," he said.
think if I compare it to SuperSport Park, this wicket was a bit quicker - any
deviation on the wicket was just a hard to adjust to.
challenging but just not impossible."
knuckled down to share a 156-run partnership with Du Plessis that, effectively,
took the game away from the Pakistanis.
one wicket as a batter that you have got to try and embrace, you have got to
make peace with the fact that you're going to take a couple of balls on the
body," Bavuma said.
at the end if you're able to come through, it'll be very
wouldn't call it dangerous at all. Faf and I are still living. It wasn't
impossible to bat on."
pointed to De Kock's knock, in particular, as one that showed how there will
still runs to be scored despite it being a difficult surface to bat on.
Kock brought up his 50 in just 59 balls and is set to continue the South
African charge on Saturday morning.
have to apply yourself. A guy like Quinny came in today and made it look like
he was batting on another strip and Aiden Markram did the same thing
yesterday," Bavuma said.
is using their conditions to their advantage and I don't think we should do
playing at home and we know how to play at home."