We didn't test the Indian batters enough: South Africa team director
- Nkwe said his side's bowling attack did not test the Indian batsmen enough.
- Nkwe was optimistic about his side bouncing back on Day 3.
- Nkwe said an MRI scan will confirm the depth of Maharaj's injury.
PUNE: Even as the Indian team, led by captain Virat Kohli, put out a batting masterclass on Friday, the South Africa bowlers' inability to make a breakthrough stood in stark contrast.
South Africa's team director Enoch Nkwe said his side's bowling attack did not test the Indian batsmen enough.
"We got ourselves to blame, to be honest, this morning. It was conducive to seam bowling, we just didn't hit our straps. We bowled a little too wide, we didn't test the Indian batters enough," he said.
"When we do that, we just allow the batters to get in. And like I said, it's something we need to learn and learn very, very quickly. Yes, it's a bit of an inexperienced bowling attack we have, we know that. One thing I won't question is the courage of our team."
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj conceded 196 runs from 50 overs. He also ended up picking up an injury. Nkwe hoped that the spinner can shrug off the blues of his performance, adding that an MRI scan will confirm the depth of Maharaj's injury.
"He is a good enough spin bowler, he has proved it in the past. Of course, he has taken some time to adapt but he has shown in different periods how threatening he can be. At times with a bit of luck, a wicket or two, and who knows what the results could have been. It is just one of those things you have to accept and move on as long as guys are not drifting away from the processes that we try to implement and master," he said.
Nkwe was optimistic about his side bouncing back on day three.
"They are on top at the moment. We've seen conditions for the last two days, the mornings have been testing for the batters. We are going to have a clear mind and keep believing we can get through the first 30 or 40 minutes tomorrow," he said.