Cape Town: South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher on Wednesday said that his side have handled the pressure very well to come out on top and they have enough overs to bowl India out to win the series-deciding third Test here.
“Feels so good when you handle the pressure and come out on top. At lunch if you’d said we’d get to 340 at the end of the day we’d have taken it. We’ve done it in the past too,” Boucher said.
“We’re comfortable that there are enough overs to bowl them out and win the game. Over the moon. This is the reason why we play this game. The mood in the camp is very good at the moment and we want to get at the Indian batting line-up,” he said at the press conference after the fourth day’s play.
Injured batsman Jacques Kallis (109 not out) was mainly responsible for setting a daunting target of 340 to win for India and Boucher said his colleague had to be given injections to bat in the second innings.
“I don’t think anyone understands the pain he’s in at the moment. The doctor told me that this is like someone breaking your rib. A lot is said about different cricketers around the world. In my opinion, we have one of the greatest cricketers
of all time living in our own country and it would be nice if people realised it. I know he had about 4-5 injections,” said Boucher.
“I don’t think there’s anyone that loves to play under pressure. Some people handle it better. I know Jacques’ game inside out and he knows mine and we helped each other,” he said.
On the condition of the Newlands wicket, Boucher said, “We saw at the end of the day’s play that after the heat wave and the wind the wicket is drying out a bit. Our bowlers have to run in and hit the deck hard.”
“We have two guys who bowl at 145k and that could be nasty on a wicket that is up and down. In Durban they showed a lot of aggression, body language, now it’s our turn to dish it out and see how they (Indians) handle it.”