India would be dishonest if they do not admit that there is a tinge of disappointment in the camp after they could not bowl out the South Africans on day five of the Wanderers Test, having set them a mammoth 458.
South Africa have their backs to the walls going into the final day with 8 wickets in hand to save the First Test at Johannesburg. After a wonderful opening partnership, SA lost two prized wickets to end Day 4, 320 runs away from an improbable victory.
Vernon Philander’s all-round performance rescued South Africa both with the ball and the bat on Day 2 in the First Test at Johannesburg. The hosts finished the day’s play at 213 for 6 in 66 overs with a deficit of 67 runs to wipe before getting into the lead.
Following the manner in which the Indian batsmen were outdone by the South African pacers in the two one-dayers, there wasn’t much optimism as they headed into the first Test at Johannesburg on Wednesday.
India may have lost the one-day series against South Africa, but if there is one positive that they can take going into the short two-Test match series, it is the fact that they have never lost a Test at Johannesburg, a rarity for India at a foreign venue.