South Africa v India: Virat Kohli's tourists collapse to dramatic defeat

South African quick Dale Steyn is back in test cricket after a year off

South African quick Dale Steyn is back in test cricket after a year off

"We needed someone to go out there and score 75 or 80 and we need to sit down and talk about stringing together partnerships". I think it was great for Test cricket - getting a result in four days despite losing a day's play. By lunch on the fourth day, India had even achieved parity in the game, only for another collapse with the bat to cost them the Test match. It has worked for us in the recent past, that's something definitely is a combination that a lot of global sides want to go with these days, because you don't want the bowlers to settle against one kind of batsmen and one line and length, specially with the new ball.

Cape Town: South Africa were dealt a major blow after senior-most pacer Dale Steyn was ruled out for the remainder of three-match series against India after damaging a tissue on his left heel during the second day of the opening Test.

The match between India and South Africa was staged in 5th January with the first Test and the match has taken place at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town. 3rd wicket was the most important for South AFrica who was skipper Virat Kohli. You can't afford to lose three or four wickets quickly as we did today'. Virender Sehwag, who has himself scored the fastest triple century in Test (300 off 278 balls) against South Africa, praised Pandya for his innings and called it a proud moment. They did that better than us. Earlier the match, team Proteas won the toss and chose to bat first. Kohli placed eight fielders on the boundary and one of them caught De Villiers without adding to his 35 runs.

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"I think, we let ourselves down with the bat, that's for sure", Kohli said. "We knew the pitch would speed up".

But he said the bowlers had rectified their mistakes in the second innings, giving him confidence that they could push South Africa hard at Centurion.

Hailing the efforts of his bowlers in the second innings to restrict the hosts for a paltry 130 and an overall lead of 207, Kohli said: "We were thinking 250, 275 if they play well". We needed to bat better than what we did. "But if we get a lively wicket our bowlers can exploit their batting again".

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