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IND vs SA | India had a lapse of concentration in key moments, says Virat Kohli after series defeat to South Africa

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After struggling a seven-wicket defeat towards South Africa within the third and remaining Check of the three-match sequence in Cape City, India captain Virat Kohli admitted that his facet had a lapse of focus in key moments. Kohli additional added that there’s room for enchancment in India’s batting.

South Africa handed a powerful seven-wicket defeat to India within the third and remaining Check of the three-match sequence, and claimed their second successive Freedom Trophy win towards the Virat Kohli-led facet at their very own yard. The hosts began off the run chase towards India brilliantly on Day 4 as Keegan Petersen and Rassie van der Dussen partnered for a 54-run stand earlier than the previous fell to Shardul Thakur earlier than lunch.

Temba Bavuma, who performed a vital position for the Proteas within the first two fixtures of the three-match Check sequence, displayed a superb batting efficiency together with van der Dussen to assert a seven-wicket victory within the Cape City Check. Keegan Petersen, who anchored the South Africa batting innings with a superb 82 off 113 deliveries, made the win straightforward for the Proteas.

The Indian bowlers, who troubled the opposition batsmen within the first innings of the sequence decider was outplayed by South Africa batting line-up. India, who resumed the fourth day’s play with needing eight wickets to win the match might solely declare one wicket on Day 4.

Reflecting on his workforce’s efficiency, India captain Virat Kohli said that his facet had a lapse of focus in key moments, whereas South Africa performed effectively within the essential junctures of the match.

“I believe it is an awesome spectacle of Check cricket for all to see. We performed effectively within the first recreation to win however South Africa bounced again effectively within the second and carried on the momentum within the third as effectively. There was some lapse of focus from us as effectively in key moments. I believed South Africa carried out higher in these key moments and completely deserved the win,” Kohli stated after the match.

“One of many challenges that we have now confronted touring overseas is to capitalise on momentum when it’s on our facet. Every time we have now completed that, we have gained video games. However on different hand, after we have not completed so, we have now misplaced matches resulting from 30-45 minutes of cricket the place we have now batted badly,” he added.

The Indian captain admitted that his facet didn’t dominate the South Africa bowlers, and confronted many batting collapses all through the three-match sequence. Kohli additional added that there’s room for enchancment in India’s batting.

“The opposition bowlers bowled effectively this sequence however usually, we’ve not been constant. Now we have had too many batting collapses. In fact, it (batting) has been the explanation, little doubt about that. Their bowlers had been simply higher by way of their execution and making use of strain. Batting is definitely one thing to be checked out. No excuses there.

“It is actually disappointing for certain. We did effectively in Australia and England however that does not assure us success in South Africa. The truth is that we’ve not gained right here in South Africa and we have now to cope with it. KL’s batting as an opener. Mayank getting caught in after which Rishabh’s innings this recreation, these are some positives that we will take residence. Additionally clearly, our win at Centurion was particular,” Kohli stated.

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