Johannesburg: South African batsman Hashim Amla, who was done in by a ferocious Ishant Sharma in-cutter, heaped praise on the lanky Indian pacer in a media conference after the day’s play. Excerpts.
On Ishant’s bowling
“He (Ishant) bowled in the right areas, used bounce very well and nipped the ball both ways. He bowled well. Bowlers bowled well today and they are getting some assistance from the pitch. The ball is moving and cracks are opening up, so it could get worse as game progresses on. (But) not all dismissals were because of the pitch though. For example, I could have used my bat. It was a good example of a bad leave.”
On Sa’s collapse
“Batting collapses happen in Test cricket, that’s what makes this the best format of the game. Our batting has done well over the past year though. We are happy with the recovery we made today. But we are not out of the woods yet. We need to come back and fight again tomorrow.
“India got 280 in the first innings and it is a competitive total. This is a very good, sporting wicket. So, 270-odd should be an interesting chase.”