We let ourselves down with bat, that's for sure, says Virat Kohli

Phillip Butler
January 9, 2018

India collapsed to a 72-run defeat on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in a meeting of the world's two top-ranked teams.

Virat Kohli-led India lost the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Please Wait while comments are loading. "If you do that it is very tough for you to come back and win Test matches from there".

Cricket South Africa had confirmed in a tweet on day 2 that Steyn had "a bruised left heel and was been taken for scans for further investigations".

He hasn't played many Test matches away from home, but this is the kind of innings (he played) we expected it from him if he played in the playing XI. In the series against England, the South African pacer sustained a shoulder injury that kept him out for two Tests but he suffered a major setback when he broke his shoulder bone during the Perth Test against Australia which sidelined him for 13 months.


Ravichandran Ashwin top scored with 37 but Philander took the final three wickets in four balls to complete the victory. Hardik [Pandya] showed great character in the first innings to get us to that total. At the same time, they know that they can repeat that performance, and if we get a lively wicket again we can exploit those conditions. AB de Villiers waged a lone battle from one end as wickets tumbled from the other. Earlier the match, team Proteas won the toss and made a decision to bat first. So, they are 77 runs behind than Proteas considering the first innings. "We were surprised how quick it was on the first day but today was very hard for batsmen". But in front of the Indian bowlers, their batsmen failed to create more opportunities and so, their innings finished with 286 runs.

"We need the batsmen to apply themselves and show more character".

Steyn, who needed just three wickets to overhaul Shaun Pollock's record of 421 Test wickets and become the leading South African bowler, could also be in doubt for the Australia series starting from March 1.

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

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