Kohli: 'We've let ourselves down'

"We have let ourselves down. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down," India captain Virat Kohli said after the match.

Virat Kohli: "We tried but we weren't good enough, espeically in the fielding department."   -  AFP

South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series . At the Centurion on Wednesday, Indian batsmen fumbled yet again, leading to a meek surrender.

"We have let ourselves down. The bowlers have done the job but the batsmen have let the team down," India captain Virat Kohli said after the match.

"We thought the wicket was really flat. Quite surprising. I told the guys the wicket looks different to what it looked before toss. Especially after SA lost wickets in the first innings, we should have capitalized. We failed to get a good partnership and take lead," Kohli said.

"As a team, you want to win collectively. We tried but we weren't good enough, espeically in the fielding department. That's why they are the winner," he added.

'Took a lot of hard work'

Meanwhile Faf Du Plessis lauded his team's efforts. "It took a lot of hard work over the last five days. We were on top pretty much most of the times," Du Plessis said. 

"One of the harder Tests, given it was tough to pick wickets. We kept pushing and we knew anything over 250 would be challenging."

The South African skipper heaped praise on debutant Lungi Ngidi who crippled Indian batters in the second innings. "Special performance by Ngidi. He's a great guy and we welcome him into the team. I look at the person's personality and he's a wonderful human being.  I see him carrying this national attack for a few years.

"Morne's catch was better than AB's (chuckles). Morne is going to tell us a lot about that catch over the next few days. You can tell from his celebrations. Long strides like that across the field is a beautiful sight." he said.

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