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Durban: Dec 27, 2013
South African pacer Dale Steyn, who carried the attack back to the Indian camp with a sensational six-wicket haul, said that he wasn’t at all disappointed while not getting any wickets for more than 69 overs as he was bowling well.
“I didn’t mind the way I was bowling previously. We have to bowl badly to learn from it. And I wasn’t bowling badly. I beat the edges so many times. Sometimes you need a soft dismissal to get going and then you can take wickets off good balls, by turning the momentum towards you. So I needed that momentum, and my tail was up and I picked wickets unlike in Johannesburg,” Steyn said at the day-end press conference.
Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald has paid compliments calling it one off his best five wicket hauls in Test match cricket.
“Allan [Donald] said that it was one of my best five-wicket hauls, because I had gone so long without taking a wicket. People capitulate when they are not able to come back and so I am proud that I could pick myself up and keep going,” Steyn added.
He picked up three wickets in the post-lunch session, breaking the 157-run partnership between Murali Vijay (97) and Cheteshwar Pujara (70). It broke India’s batting-order and they were bowled post-tea. This was after the morning session was rained off.
“When the covers were off, the pitch had a little bit of sweatiness. And for the first hour and twenty minutes, there was a little bit in the wicket. We saw a lot of balls misbehaving than they were yesterday. Once it dried up, the pitch was like yesterday, it was good again. We were hoping it would stay a bit more, stick around for the new ball, but it was good to bat again,” he said.
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