There were many who felt that presented with a flatter pitch, South Africa might actually make a few runs during this Test series against India. In Delhi, they have been presented with precisely such a thing. However, these Saffers are made of stern stuff. They refused to bow to expectation and delivered a magnificent 121 all out in reply to India’s 334.
In the early stages of this tour, South Africa were keen to avoid surrendering their reputation as the finest tourists of their era. Now, with that gone, they are working to retain their new reputation – as a side that gets bowled out for jack shit in India.
So, after watching an Ajinkya Rahane masterclass the previous day, they manfully refused to learn any lessons and instead divided their time between leaden-footed prods and ill-advised lap-sweeps. They knew it was important to avoid building any partnerships and so ensured that they kept the wickets column ticking over throughout the evening session.
India, who are reported to have been on the field throughout, bowled pretty well it is said.