full delivery and thrashed it through the off-side.
At the other end, Pujara was doing what he does best, grinding the South African bowling attack, one piece at a time. He was steadfast in his defence, but also punishing off every ball that drifted onto his pads — especially against Steyn. As the partnership progressed and scurried past 100, SA were only waiting for a wicket without any conviction.
Steyn returned for his final spell off the day just before the tea-break. By now the ball was scuffed up, and there was reverse swing in the air. He did get a couple to tail in late but Vijay was adept at getting into line. Next over, he switched to around the wicket, with two men catching behind square on the leg side. He had resorted to a bodyline-tactic. But his bouncers only seemed to be taking more out of him than pose any inconvenience to the Indians.
He no longer looked like a fast bowler who was poised to roll over India by simply ‘turning up’ — to borrow a quote from Zaheer Khan. Instead he looked like a millionaire suddenly reduced to fighting for a square-meal. His bowling only seemed to mirror the desperation.