Having lost the Centurion Test, Virat Kohli and his men have also lost the test series and the Indian captain has been modest enough to accept that the South Africans deserved to win the match. Kohli in the post-match presentation said that the South Africans did better than India in every department and especially in the fielding department.
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In the second innings, India got out for just 151 and lost the match by 135 runs. This loss at The Centurion means India have already lost the 3 match series and that is a sad news for all the cricket fans. Indians tried their best but perhaps South Africans were too clinical at their home to be defeated.
This is what Virat Kohli had to say after the loss
“South Africa were better than us especially in the fielding department and that’s why they are the winners and they deserve to be.”
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Kohli also said that batting failure has led to the series loss.
Virat Kohli’s spending knock of 153 in the first innings went in vain as India made a complete mess of the second innings. In the second innings not even a single batsman could go past 50 and Rohit Sharma was the top scorer with a knock of 47 that wasn’t enough for India by any means.
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With this series loss, India’s streak of 9 series win has finally been broken by South Africa and you got to say that they outdid India in all departments of the game. India did put up a fight in the first innings with the captain playing a staggering knock of 153 but in the second innings, no Indian batsman could go past 50.
The pacers did well even at Centurion but the loss is the courtesy of the batsmen yet again just like it was the case in Cape Town. From dropping catches to throwing away wickets, India has made a lot of mistakes in the second test which eventually cost them the match. India would only want to learn from these mistakes.
For his clinical performance with the ball, Lungi Ngidi was adjudged the Man Of Match. In what turned out to be a dream debut for the 21-year-old, Ngidi picked up 7 wickets in the game, 6 of which came in the second innings.
Half-centuries from AB De Villiers and Dean Elgar too were amply important and helped South Africa post a total which proved to be way too much for the Indian batsman.
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