New Delhi: South Africa pacer Kyle Abbott on Saturday said that the longer India batted, the better it will be for his side to save the fourth and final cricket Test as they would then need to bat lesser number of overs.
"To be quite honest, the longer they bat, the happier we are. More overs are taken out of the game. To be honest, I thought they will have a crack at us tonight, maybe an hour or so. But obviously not as they wanted to drag it out. If that's the case, it's going to take more overs out for us to bat in the end," Abbott said, indicating that the visitors were just going through the motions.
India were 190 for four in their second innings at stumps on the third day today, an overall lead of 403 runs, after dismissing South Africa for 121 on Friday.
The fatigue factor of the Proteas could be understood from the fact that Abbott feels that his five wicket haul taken on Friday seems like it happened "ages ago". Asked about his five-for, he smiled and said: "Feels like ages ago after spending today on the field. These are tough conditions here in India. We have seen that the series has been dominated by the spinners, so nice to get in there with a couple of wickets for the seamers."
Abbott was all praise for speedster Morne Morkel's performance on Saturday and especially the length that he hit.
"Morne bowls a totally different length from what I bowl. He probably learnt it. I think the yorker (Shikhar Dhawan's wicket) was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. That's something you have to do when the pitch is not helping you too much and there's only little bit in the air. Sometimes you have to take the pitch completely out of play," said Abbott.
"I think he (Morkel) bowled exceptionally well and I thought he bowled exceptionally well in the first innings as well. I thought he was a bit unlucky not to get a few there. But he's been a standout for us in the whole series," summed up Abbott.