Have to take umpire's decision despite what we think: Petersen on van der Dussen dismissal

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Johannesburg [South Africa], January 5 (ANI): South Africa batter Keegan Petersen has said that he does not want to add to the controversy surrounding Rassie van der Dussen’s dismissal in the first innings of the ongoing first Test against India here at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.

Rassie van der Dussen had been adjudged caught behind wicket off the bowling of Shardul Thakur. On-field umpire Marais Erasmus gave van der Dussen out and the Proteas batter did not ask for a review. However, replays cast doubts on whether the ball had carried to India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant or not.

“I don’t really want to comment on that. That’s the umpire’s decision. I think we’re in the game and we just have to take the decisions, no matter what we think. Some are going to go your way, some aren’t,” Petersen said in a virtual press conference at the end of Day 2.

Shardul Thakur picked seven wickets as South Africa was bundled out for 229 in the first innings of the second Test on Tuesday.

“I think it’s going to be tough for the rest of the test match and pitch is definitely not getting better. We haven’t put a number to it yet but the more runs India get, the more difficult is going to be for us to get,” said Petersen.

“It’s a difficult bowling attack to come up against. So realistically I’d say anything under 200 would be a good total to chase. But the more they get, the further away it gets for us,” he added.

India in the second innings got off to a bad start as stand-in skipper KL Rahul was dismissed in the seventh over. India’s problem further increased when Mayank Agarwal offered no shot and was given LBW out in the 12th over.

Pujara (35*) and Rahane (11) then made sure that India doesn’t suffer any more hiccups as the visitors ended the day at 85/2 with a lead of 58 runs. (ANI)


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