Cricket-India’s Kohli says team must reflect on South Africa defeat

Updated: 03:44 GMT, Jan 19, 2018 | Published: 03:43 GMT, Jan 18, 2018 |

India captain Virat Kohli wants his team to reflect on their decision-making and commitment after a 135-run second test defeat by South Africa on Wednesday handed the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Kohli cut a visibly disappointed, and at times irritated, figure after his side failed to chase down 287 for victory, losing seven wickets in the morning session on the final day to be bowled out for 151 in their second innings.

Kohli appeared particularly irritated when quizzed on team selection and whether the right XI had been selected for the second test, saying he and the selectors had picked a side they believed could win the test.

Meanwhile, South African skipper Faf du Plessis was content with his team’s performance as the hosts took an unassailable lead in the three-match series on Wednesday, avenging their 3-0 loss in 2015.

Debutant Lungi Ngidi took six wickets as South Africa defeated India by 135 runs to claim victory in Centurion. The South African skipper said that the team was motivated to give a good performance and adapted really well to the conditions which he felt suited the visitors.

Seamer Ngidi, 21, recorded figures of 6-39, his best in first class cricket, as South Africa bowled out India just before lunch. Ngidi said taking the all-important of Kohli was the best moment for him during the match.

India are the top-ranked side in test cricket according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings with South Africa second, though the Proteas will not be able to overhaul the sub-continent side even with a 3-0 series win.

The third test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Jan. 24.

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