JOHANNESBURG – An admirably smart bowling display set up a series-tying win for the Proteas on an unusually sluggish pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday night.
A venue normally known for producing big totals - on account of what is normally an easy paced surface, coupled with a small and quick outfield - instead produced a slow pitch, which made scoring tougher than is usually the case there. But the surface alone was not responsible the insufficient target set by the hosts.
The Indian batsmen played as if the surface was it’s normal easy self, with some gifting their wickets away. And then there was the South African bowling, which was of a high standard, although you’d not have thought so given the start.
Kagiso Rabada is very much the leader of this youthful Proteas attack conceded 17 runs in his first over - the second of the Indian innings - that included three wides and a couple of half-volleys that Rohit Sharma dispatched to the boundary.
However Beuran Hendricks showed the way, producing a performance with the ball in which - in his own words - he kept things simple, mixed up his pace and importantly for him, he didn’t go searching for swing. That was naturally on offer, and was part of the reason he earned his first wicket, when Rohit went fishing outside his off-stump and edged to Reeza Hendricks at slip.