‘We didn’t test the In­dian bat­ters enough’

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Pune: The In­dian team put out a bat­ting mas­ter­class on Fri­day against South Africa on the sec­ond day of the first Test here. While the hosts were gath­er­ing runs, the Proteas’ bowlers were un­able to make any im­pres­sion. South Africa’s team di­rec­tor Enoch Nkwe felt that his side did not test the In­dian bats­men enough.

“We got our­selves to blame for the way we bowled in the morn­ing. It was con­ducive to seam bowl­ing, we just didn’t hit our straps. We didn’t test the In­dian bat­ters enough,” he said at the press con­fer­ence. “When we do that we just al­low the bat­ters to get in and like I said it’s some­thing we need to learn and learn very very quickly. Yes it’s a bit of an in­ex­pe­ri­enced bowl­ing at­tack we have. But one thing I won’t ques­tion is the courage of our team.”

Left-arm spin­ner Ma­haraj, who took the wicket of Ajinkya Ra­hane, leaked 196 runs in the 50 overs that he bowled while also pick­ing up an in­jury. Nkwe hoped that the spin­ner could shrug off the blues.

Nkwe is still op­ti­mistic about his side bounc­ing back on Day Three. “I strongly be­lieve that the boys have that, they are ca­pa­ble of get­ting through some tough times.”

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