- Nov 21, 2005
Day 4: Tea Break - India lead by 246 runs
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Jadeja to Elgar, OUT, huge appeal and then they review with two second left on the clock. That's kept low at a middle stump line. My first thought was leading edge, but that has gone under the bat and hit him at shin height as he's looked to flick off the front foot...he's bowling around the wicket. Did that pitch in line? Yes it did! Skidding onto hit middle stump. Jadeja was raucous and violent with that appeal but it took a long time for Kohli to be convinced of the review, probably because he is around the wicket. But they've made the decision that's got South Africa's most solid batsman from the first innings
D Elgar lbw b Jadeja 2 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50
Except it wasn't really bottle. Just normal batting on a flat pitch, in which overall the South African batsmen actually scored far less runs than they should have. No discounting that the toss played a huge part because of how the final day plays in India, but apart from the odd uneven bounce, it's not a turner. No need to favour the backfoot.Shocking capitulation. Very disappointing considering the bottle they showed on day 2 and 3... 71/8
time to hit the bottle, that is for sure.
Is that not the definition of bottling it?
Someone said fight. So he could've chosen mettle. But I suppose he settled for something more fitting. Otherwise he would've bottled it too and buried his head tightly in the sand. Man!Lack of battle enough to drive one to the bottle.
Firdose MoondaSouth Africa correspondent, ESPNcricinfo
India have Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli at No.3 and 4 in their Test line-up while South Africa have Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma in those positions.
No disrespect to either of those batsmen and the time may come when their names draw similar reactions as the players listed in the India side. But, for now, it's hard not to think of them as having big boots to fill. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers used to occupy those positions so comparisons are unfair, but questions about why South Africa did not opt to fill the spots with more experience are worth asking. Especially on a tour of India. Especially when they have other options.
The obvious one is the captain, Faf du Plessis, who currently lurks at No. 5 and is the subject of debate over whether he is shoring up an inexperienced XI or shirking responsibility.