Johannesburg - While Proteas captain Graeme Smith defended the decision of his side
to bat out the last few overs for a draw, India were surprised by the
approach of the South Africans according to Virat Kohli.
“Everyone was pretty shocked honestly,” said Kohli after the game.
Africa ended on 450/7 on Sunday, eight runs short of the 458
target set by India in the first of two Test matches, played at the
Wanderers in Johannesburg.
Had South Africa been successful in
their run chase, it would have been the highest ever total in scored in a
fourth innings to win a Test.
Faf du Plessis who was at the
crease for more than six-and-a-half hours for his 134 runs, was run out
3.1 overs before the end of the match.
After his demise, South Africa chose to defend the draw and bat out the day.
didn’t think they would stop going for the score, because with eight
runs an over and with (Vernon) Philander striking the ball pretty well,
they had a chance.”
Philander scored 25 not out, and farmed the strike when No 9 Dale Steyn came to the wicket.
Kohli said he had expected Philander - who scored 59 in the first innings - to push for the win.
“He can bat, we have seen that in the past, I don’t know what happened.
had our plans and that was going for the wickets, but to see them not
going for that score was pretty surprising for all of us.”
an enthralling day of Test cricket where the odds were always stacked
against South Africa, who started the day needing 320 to win with eight
wickets in hand.
“It was a weird situation to be in today, from
the beginning. It was sort of strange too to have those ups and downs
throughout the day,” Kohli said.
The two wickets in the first
session would have given India confidence but Du Plessis and AB de
Villiers (103) went on to share the highest ever fifth-wicket
partnership in the fourth innings of a Test match, amassing 205 runs
together at the crease.
“Early on we got two quick wickets in the
first session, and we thought that another couple of wickets in the
second session would have been perfect for us.
“But AB and Faf batted brilliantly, especially Faf not having scored runs in the first innings.”