We were definitely better as in the previous Test: Nortje
Annrich Norje feels South Africa made a good start in comparison to the other two Tests which they lost again India.
It was not a tough thing to guess that South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis is frustrated with this toss luck after he bought Tenda Bavuma with him to try out his luck. However, Bavuma also let his skipper down as India won the toss and elected to bat first.
However, the visitors started off brilliantly this time as they picked up 3 wickets under 39 runs. Though the man in form Rohit Sharma was unbeaten and that’s where the visitors felt the trouble. Rohit scored his third hundred of the series and built a solid partnership with Ajinkya Rahane which made the day theirs in the end.
Nortje feels it would have been better if they managed to pick up five-six wickets before the end of day’s play.
“We were definitely better as in the previous Test. We just tried to control the game little bit better. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get another wicket… It would have been nice to have them four-five down,” Nortje said after the first day’s play. We had one or two overs where we went on top, later on we just pulled it back again. So, maybe, here and there we lost but, in general, a good effort by everyone.”
He also hailed Kagiso Rabada, who picked up two wickets in the first day.
“He bowled really well. He was asking the right questions everytime. I thought Lungi backed him up as well. The (bowling) partnership up front was quite decent, so all credit to them.”
“I think there were quite a lot of opportunities right through the series. Lots of nicks going through the gaps or falling short. Something happened today here there, that’s normal to cricket. We have to take it forward going from here. Just keep on asking those questions and control the controllables, I guess,” he concluded.