India vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 4

Cricket-Gibson calls for final push as South Africa eye series win

Cricket-Gibson calls for final push as South Africa eye series win

Well no term will be able to really define India's capitulation against South Africa as they lost the second Test match here Wednesday at the Super Sport Park by 135 runs and with it the series. India collected those three wickets in the space of six overs and for just 19 runs.

The third day of the Test was all about Virat Kohli, whose magnificent 153 kept India in the game, and the fourth ended with the Indian captain's name once again on everyone's lips.

"There was no preparation". "The last time we went there (India) the conditions were touching on extreme. I believe this was an opportunity that we missed", du Plessis said.

Du Plessis admitted that the 2015-2016 series "was tough" and had been seeking revenge in this series. "The Indian cricketers would have been better off playing domestic cricket or preparing themselves exclusively for the tour", said the spin great.

That formula involved months in the gym and on a physiotherapist s table, a diet and lifestyle change which saw him lose eight kilograms - and what he described as "a few hard chats behind closed doors" with his Titans franchise coach, former Test wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. "India have been outplayed". Still, their fast bowlers got most of the job done and their batsmen the rest, leaving du Plessis ultimately pleased with the outcome even though he admitted winning the toss was crucial. The catching and batting has left a lot to be desired. IN CENTURION It was supposed to be a Mission 20 for the Indian team overseas. That never really happened, which thwarted some of South Africa's plans. Picking Rohit Sharma over Ajinkya Rahane, for instance, was first to attract its share of criticism and lack of performance on part of the team only went on to lay further cracks.

"We're all so competitive on the field and I wouldn't want it any other way. You make one decision and you back it", he said. "It looks like ODI form was preferred for picking the eleven, which is not the right thing". "So many soft dismissals in one match hurt a lot". After the 72-run loss in the opening Test, the margin got bigger here as India handed South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

"How many times did South Africa come into the game in India?". The 76-year-old former India skipper, however, praised the captaincy of Kohli.

"South Africa did not have many big stands but they had one every innings which they used to consolidate their position".

Asked about becoming the top-ranked bowler, he said: "I wouldn't give it a specific date, but as a sportsman I would also like to achieve a milestone like that". Bowling from the Hennops River End, where most of the variable bounce was on offer for the quick bowlers, Rabada got a ball that was on a length to shoot through low, catch the bottom inside-edge of the bat and crash into the stumps.

Resuming play on Day 5, South Africa had India on the mat, and Pujara and Parthiv were expected to weather the early storm.

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