South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn showed he was a quick learner by leading a fightback against India in the first Test on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Steyn grabbed four of the last five wickets to restrict India’s first-innings lead to 87 after opener Virender Sehwag notched up an Indian Test best of 319 on the fourth day.
“It’s difficult bowling here,” he said. “One thing is the pitch doesn’t assist you much and we are not used to the balls we use here. It gets scuffed up pretty quickly due to the pitch.
“So it is a whole new experience,” he said. “We learnt a lot from yesterday and we executed a lot better today.
“It is great coming off the field after taking a couple of wickets,” he said. “It shows you that in conditions like this you have got to be able to put in the hard yards to get wickets.
“At one stage I bowled close to 27 overs and I hadn’t taken a wicket yet and then in my last couple of overs I picked up four.
“The key is to find out what works,” Steyn said. “Reverse swing is a big factor in the sub-continent. We were lucky to get a ball change and the new ball that we got was reversing from ball one basically.”
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