When the top two sides in Test cricket lock horns, the action is guaranteed. While Faf du Plessis-led South Africa clinched the first two games, a spirited performance by Virat Kohli and Co. outplayed the hosts in Johanessburg. India registered a 63-run victory, keeping their neat record at the venue intact. The series will be remembered for the bowlers from both the units and therefore it was quite fitting to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar walk off with the man of the match award.
Kohli was animated as usual, but then when you win, everything else takes a backseat and India surely deserved their day under the sun. In the post-match conference, Kohli took a slight dig at the Indian supporters, saying that the people didn’t show much trust in the boys.
Kohli takes a dig at supporters
“The character we showed today makes us believe that we can do this again. People showed lack of trust in us but we knew that if we play under pressure conditions we can win against them,” Kohli said in the post-match press conference.
India were bowled out for 187 in the first innings, with the fifties for both Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. The Proteas in reply took a slender lead of seven runs but failed to wrap up the visitors for a paltry score in the second innings. Under challenging conditions and on an uncertain track, India batted out their skin to post 247 and then had a go at the home side.
The Indian skipper kept things simple and said that they deserved to win the game just like the hosts did in the first two games. “South Africa played better than us in the first two games so they deserved to win but we played better than them in this one and deserved to win,” Kohli said. This day will be remembered for a long time by the team. I’m sure the public enjoyed,” the skipper concluded.
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