Ganguly lashes out at Wanderers pitch, says Test cricket on this surface is “unfair”

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Ganguly lashes out at Wanderers pitch, says Test cricket on this surface is “unfair”

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Sourav Ganguly has expressed his disappointment over the Wanderers track, the venue for the third Test between India and South Africa, and on Twitter, stating that it is unfair to play Test cricket on this type of wicket. The former Indian skipper has also appealed the ICC to look into the matter.

After losing the first two games of the series, India were hoping for a comeback in the third game but it looks very difficult for the visitors at the moment. The batsmen struggled to score runs on the wicket and apart from Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, no one could sustain for long periods and the team bowled out for only 187 runs in their first innings. Watching the game, the former Indian skipper couldn't control his anger towards the state of the wicket and asked ICC to take the matter into their hands. 

After losing the first two wickets very early, Pujara and Kohli showed some fight against South Africa’s bowling attack which includes the likes of Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and Andile Phehlukwayo. The bowlers managed to move the ball a lot at the track which created a problem for the batsmen to counter them. While Rabada took three wickets yesterday, Morkel, Philander, and Phehlukwayo got two each. 

Murali Vijay and KL Rahul opened India’s innings but again failed to give a good start and both returned to the pavilion without troubling their opponents much. Pujara and Kohli showed patience and scored their half-centuries which helped the side put 187 runs as a total. Ajinkya Rahane got a chance to play his first Test in the series but he failed to utilize the opportunity as he returned back after adding only 9 runs to the team’s total. 

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