Mumbai: Revealing the approach that the Indian bowlers will look to execute on Day 4 of the third Test against South Africa, Team India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said the focus will be on hitting the right areas.
The Proteas have the upper hand at the end of Day 3, needing 111 more runs with eight batters remaining.
“I think we bowled well. Yes, we could have easily taken a couple of wickets. The ball went up, hit the gloves, fell here and there, missed those edges, but we could have easily taken a few more wickets. Could have been,” India’s bowling chief said at a press conference later in the day.
Jasprit Bumrah (1 for 29) and Mohammed Shami (1 for 22) – India’s two-strike bowlers – took the test with the new ball, while Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur looked toothless. Mhambrey lauded the overall performance, saying the team needs a little luck to move forward.
Between Elgar (30 off 96) and Keegan Pietersen (48* off 61), South Africa was marching towards a target of 212. But Bumrah got the South African captain caught by the leg-side which was eventually the last ball of the day, thus breaking the 78-run alliance.
Paras Mhambrey also echoed similar sentiments, admitting that Elgar’s wicket came as a breath of fresh air. The 49-year-old said that India’s pace attack needs to be patient while consistently hitting the right areas in yesterday’s first session.
“It was important that we took a wicket, that too Dean’s. Yeah, they did score well, I thought at one stage, it looked like it was getting tight. But thankfully finished the day with a wicket, and that’s what you want – at times, you want that kind of a breakthrough. It’s pretty simple – we got to go out there and bowl well and try our best, pick up those wickets.
Earlier in the day, India managed just 198 in their second innings, with wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant smashing a blistering 100* off 139 balls.