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

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

Philander and Rabada took three wickets each where Steyn and Morkel took two wickets for South Africa.

Hardik Pandya went on a thrilling counter-attack but could not prevent South Africa from finishing on top on the second day of the first Test at Newlands on Saturday. I think it was great for Test cricket - getting a result in four days despite losing a day's play. "If you do that it is very tough for you to come back and win Test matches from there".

"This was as good as it gets in Test cricket", said South African captain Faf du Plessis. 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.

Steyn, in his first Test match since suffering a fractured shoulder in Australia in November 2014, had taken two for 51 when he pulled up with a bruised heel and left the field three balls into his 18th over.

Pandya, 24, confirmed the reputation he earned as a dashing stroke player, first in limited overs cricket and more recently when he scored 178 runs off 168 balls in three Test innings in Sri Lanka a year ago, including 108 off 96 deliveries in the third Test in Kandy.

The second Test in Centurion starts on 13 January. Might sound big but we understand where the game was, even today we feel really disappointed by how things went on. You can't afford to lose three or four wickets quickly as we did today'. 3rd wicket was the most important for South AFrica who was skipper Virat Kohli.

"Their bowlers create relentless pressure". They did that better than us. What Pujara liked about Pandya's innings was the character shown by him. I made a mistake and got out. AB de Villiers waged a lone battle from one end as wickets tumbled from the other.

With Steyn unable to run, De Villiers needed to hit boundaries. Earlier the match, team Proteas won the toss and chose to bat first.

"We're not a team which thinks of what-ifs though". "We knew the pitch would speed up". But now, they are travelling South Africa where considering the schedule, they will have to play a Test, a ODI and a T20I series against Proteas. "We needed to show more character with the bat there is no question about it".

We had a chat this morning and we wanted people step up and get us wickets.


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