Prime News, International Sports, Cricket, Cape Town (South Africa), January 9:- Skipper Virat Kohli has lauded the South African bowling attack that created a pressure on the Indian batsmen.
Earlier, South Africa defeated India by 72 runs, after the hosts had set a target of 208 runs to win.
At a press conference, Kohli said: “The kind of bowling attack they have especially on these pitches, they get extra bounce. You can’t be casual, you can’t play loose shots. Credit goes to their bowling attack. They force you to play good cricket in all the overs.”
“We let ourselves down with the bat. We lost wickets in bunches. Losing four wickets in four overs is not at all good. 208 was chasable. We needed to be realistic. We wanted someone to score those 75-80 odd runs to bring us back into the game. Also, we wanted a huge partnership, but unfortunately, we failed”, added Kohli.
On being asked about the batsmen playing on a bouncy track, Kohli said: “We were prepared. There was no lack of preparations for us. It was a good track, a bouncy track. The batsmen were tested on this pitch by the South African bowlers. They were bowling well and pitched at the right areas and that created the pressure for us.”
With the win, South Africa has taken a 1-0 lead in the series. The two sides will now play their second Test from January 13 at Centurion.
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)