Ajinkya Rahane exhibited a good mix of caution and calculated stroke-play © AFP
Ajinkya Rahane exhibited a good mix of caution and calculated stroke-play © AFP

New Delhi: After completion of Day 2 of the fourth Test between India and South Africa at Kotla, India were evidently the team in the driver’s seat. The credit for that largely goes to Ajinkya Rahane‘s well-compiled hundred. South Africa coach Russell Domingo was full of praise for Rahane’s century. “Rahane showed, if you batted with good technique, you got runs. I wouldn’t say disappointed to get out to fast bowlers. I though Ishant and Umesh bowled a really good spell of reverse-swing. Whether you are a fast bowler or a spinner, if you bowled well, you were able to get wickets.” Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test at Delhi

Domingo seemingly did not have any complaints about the Kotla track. “It’s the type of wicket we expected in India. It’s got a bit of turn and you get the odd one that bounces. The odd one went over the top but it is the type of wicket we expected in India.” However, he did not agree that it is South Africa that is facing the batting woes. Full cricket updates: India vs South Africa 2015, 4th Test, Day 2 at Delhi

“It’s a tough place. You could have asked India’s batting the same question, because their batting has also been average until Rahane’s hundred. They were 139 for 6 and we were 110 for 8. So there is not that much difference, except one guy has gone on and made a hundred. READ: Ajinkya Rahane: Shot making was not easy on Kotla pitch

“I think both sides have got some questions about their batting, but they have managed to bat better at the back end of the innings, in pressure situations, than us.” He defended wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, who had a torrid time with the bat.

“I think it’s totally different formats. Dane Vilas has been a very good performer in franchise cricket at home. To single out one player’s batting when no one else has made runs, would be very harsh. I would hate to put judgement on one player, considering that no one has made runs for us in this series,” Domingo said.

“It’s a tough one as it has been a long tour. The talk leading into this match from our team was all very good. It was about how important every test is, playing for SA. We know we have to play as well as we can, we need to finish the series well. Whether it was subconsciously one foot on the plane, can’t comment on that, thought our preparation was as good as it has been for every other Test match.

“We’ve just been outplayed here over two days, that’s the bottom line, sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition. One guy made a good hundred, No 9 had a lucky escape, got a good 50, put on a good partnership, and then we sort of capitulated against this good bowling attack. That’s the bottom line,” he added. The 41-year-old admitted that Indian bowlers put relentless pressure on them.

“Indian bowlers have continuously kept us under pressure. We haven’t had any good partnerships, or any good starts. Every time something did look like it may develop, someone found a way to get out, or someone bowled a great delivery.

“So not through a lack of trying, or lack of effort, or lack of commitment, it just hasn’t worked for us in this Test series. You think of so many things that you can put your finger on, and things just haven’t gone for us. And you need to make own luck, and credit to India, things have gone for them because they have played the better cricket. We have been sub-par, and things haven’t gone for us.”