Originally Posted by tooextracool
Personally, I thought Pietersen looked fairly comfortable milking him away for singles and twos. Unfortunately, I dont think he's ever quite satisfied with that and he ends up trying to do something more extravagant.
Point anyhow is not that it wasn't an intelligent piece of bowling to firstly notice the premeditated sweep and to then toss it wide. Though I'd maintain till death that only an imbecile would have gone through with the sweep shot when it would have been called a wide for being that far outside off stump.
Don't really disagree with any of that but, as you allude to, there's an element of both good bowling and poor batting to it. Hauritz is rarely going to rip one through the gate and he'd be foolish to try. Playing on the strengths of batters and turning them into a weakness (enough rope, etc.) is good, professional bowling (EDIT: and captaincy) and is more likely to net a bowler like Hauritz wickets anyway.