There is no denying that South Africa was the better side and that surely reflected in the scoreline. India did have their moments but in the end chasing 208 even after restricting South Africa to 130 in the second innings proved a bit too much for the Indian batsman on a green pitch.
There are plenty of positives to take home for the Indians though. I like how they responded with their bowling but their top and middle order batting certainly let them down. Having said that, now they also know that if the top and middle order chips in, the lower order also can and that could be quite valuable for the Indians considering their bowlers are in great form.
The Indians also discovered that Hardik Pandya can play Test Cricket overseas and Bumrah can play test cricket overall. Having said that, South Africa were certainly the better team by a distance and despite the injury to Dale Steyn and being a bowler short the Proteas manage to get the better of India.
In the post-match presentation, when Kohli was asked where he felt his team went wrong, he immediately pointed out that the main reason for the defeat was the fact that they lost wickets in bunches. He did admit that they would go back to the drawing board and try to rectify that problem.
Cric Crak feels India still tried well and in sport- Sometimes we win and Sometimes we learn. Having said that, he would also like to clap his hands and say – ‘Well Done South Africa’