Durban, Dec 30: South Africa's left-arm spinner Robin Peterson is optimistic that his side could force a result on the final day of the second Test and win the series against India at Kingsmead, here.
India are placed 68 for two in their second innings, trailing the hosts by 98 runs with 98 overs to play on the fifth and final day of the match today.
"We have lost a lot of time in this game but definitely there's a result in it for us. At Kingsmead, usually 10 wickets fall on the fifth day. So we are hoping to be on the right side of things. The morning session is crucial, so we need early wickets to push for the win. Hopefully the bowlers can come out firing," Peterson, who scored 61 down the order, said after the fourth day's play last night.
"The ball will be older and it becomes more variable then. The soft ball is tougher to score off. But it is also easier and comfortable to bat against. But reverse swing is there and spin comes in a little bit as well with the old ball. So we are hoping these two variables will play a massive role on this pitch for us," Peterson added.
It was perhaps an explanation of what India did with the old ball, delaying the second new ball until the 147th over of the South African innings. Only when the umpires changed it that they bowled with the new ball.
It was then that Peterson put on 110 runs for the eighth wicket with Faff du Plessis, scoring his third half-century in between, as the lead soared.
"At lunch we decided we wanted to get 100 runs ahead. But Faff and I got going, so we decided that since we have India on the back-foot, we might as well extend our lead. Things went our way and we kept them under pressure," he said.