India vs South Africa: MS Dhoni should be disappointed his bowlers didn’t win the game, says Graeme Smith


His team abandoned plans to go for a win after coming extremely close to upstaging India but South African cricket captain Graeme Smith insisted that the last-minute change in strategy was not prompted by the fear of loss.

In a pulsating finish to the first Test in Johannesburg on Sunday, South Africa fell short by only eight runs in what could have been the highest ever fourth-innings’ run-chase. Instead, it was a drawn match, as both teams head to Durban for the second Test on December 26 with the series at 0-0.
The Proteas’ skipper was pointedly asked whether the hosts were scared of losing and hence squandered a position of strength.

“I don’t think it was that (fear of losing),” he replied.

“We were on target. But even at lunch, we didn’t believe we will get as close as we did. We were just batting, trying to make sure we build a partnership. We knew to save the game we needed a session without losing any wickets and we got that after lunch,” he said….

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