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Sourav Ganguly asks ICC to intervene as South Africa prepare 'unfair' pitch at Wanderers

Sourav Ganguly said the wicket was "unfair" for the batsmen and International Cricket Council (ICC) should look into the matter.

Written by: Akash Khanna, New Delhi [ Updated: January 24, 2018 23:28 IST ]
Image Source : BCCI Indian Captain Virat Kohli leaves the field after losing his wicket in Johannesburg

After watching Team India being bowled out for paltry 187 runs on the opening day of the third Test at Wanderers, Johannesburg, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly said the wicket was "unfair" for the batsmen and International Cricket Council (ICC) should look into the matter. 

"To play Test cricket on this surface is unfair ...saw it in NZ in 2003 ...batsman have minimum chance ... ICC should look into it," Ganguly said on Twitter.

For India, Cheteshwar Pujar and captain Virat Kohli scored fighting half-centuries, while tail-ender Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed with a 30-run knock in the first innings.

Bhuvneshwar took an early breakthrough for the visitors after he dismissed Aiden Markram for two runs to restrict South Africa to 6/1 at stumps.

The South African pacers enjoyed bowling on the seaming surface yo the fullest. Kagiso Rabada led the bowling attack taking three wickets, while Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Andile Phehlukwayo chipped in with claiming two wickets each.

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