Pathetic Indian batting show leads to series loss in Centurion

LIVE| South Africa vs India, 2nd Test Day 4: Hosts in command as Pujara departs

We thought the wicket was really flat.

"The incidents that took place in this match, the way we let go of good opportunities is not acceptable".

South Africa quick bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi blasted through India's top order at the end of Day 4, a burst that crucially included the wicket of captain Virat Kohli, to leave India still 252 runs short of its victory target.

"We will have to sit down and discuss those things", a calm Kohli initially explained.

"I'm saying that we don't decide XI according to the results". That's the most hurtful thing, that the skills are not coming together at the right time, including fielding.

Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 153 runs in the first innings were expected to steady the innings, but South African debutant dealt a major blow to India's winning chances by dismissing the Team India skipper with a confident LBW appeal.

Ngidi impressed in the first innings with a direct-hit run-out and some high-paced bowling, even though he only picked up one wicket.

His departure gave way to what would then remain a hurried wrap up. "We have not come here to play the way we have done". That is something that we need to definitely speak about. "He had to keep the ball down. he played it straight to the fielder at backward point", quipped Gavaskar. This was nothing, more questions will be asked if India go on to lose the third Test.

"If we had won this, was this the best 11?" But that chance disappeared in the very beginning of the first session yesterday. The crowd wasn't big given it was Wednesday morning, but the appreciation was whole-hearted and Ngidi soaked it all in, kissing the badge on his shirt and then walking back to fine leg to an even bigger applause.

"He wants the best for his team like everyone else and his knock in the first innings was special". The Indian captain drew a lot of flak from fans and former cricketers after his decision to bench Ajinkya Rahane, who has been scoring consistently on the road, in the first Test.

Elgar hinted that his battle of wits with Kohli was a carryover from South Africa's tour of India in 2015-16, one whose "scars" he hoped a series win here would heal. You make one decision and you back it. "We are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions", Kohli said. Except, to his and India's misfortune, nobody did. A chase of 287 was always going to warrant a Himalayan effort but this Indian batting lineup looked unaware of what was needed to scale the peak. We are pretty used to that. "We as a team don't think of what the opinion going around is, and I've clarified that before also", Kohli said when asked about the selection of India's playing eleven. So now no one is talking about that. Asked if there was too much dependency on him, Kohli said, "I don't think so".

Despite the setback here, Kohli believed India was the best side in the world, and shot back, "How many times did South Africa come into the game in India?"

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