After a 14-wicket day in the 1st Test, South Africa opener Dean Elgar (who top scored for South Africa with a 58) believes that there no such ‘demons’ in the Karachi pitch. According to Elgar, all these demons are in the batsmen’s minds and if a player applies themselves well then they can overcome them.
Quinton de Kock’s South Africa won the toss and opted to bat first on the opening day of the 1st Test in Karachi, on Tuesday. However, the South African bowlers helped the visitors bounce back after they reduced Pakistan to 33 for the loss of four wickets at Stumps, Day 1.
“I had a feeling the wicket would be slow and low as the ball got softer and the day went on, but I didn’t think it would be a 14-wicket day. There were a few very soft dismissals in both innings. If you apply yourself there are no real demons in the wicket,” Elgar told reporters.
Besides the dismissals of the two Pakistan openers and nightwatchman Shaheen Shah Afridi, South Africa also claimed the most important wicket of captain Babar Azam.
“If we can emulate the way we started with the ball (on the second morning) and do that in the first hour, we will build pressure and have chances come our way. Our fast bowlers will bring the intensity, it’s something they pride themselves on and is something we can control as a bowling unit,” he added.
“Sometimes test cricket can get the better of you and you get caught up in the moment. We have to respect that,” Elgar said.