Indian captain Virat Kohli praised the South African batsmen for their batting effort, which saw them defeat the visitors by six wickets in the second T20I at Centurion.
India lost despite posting 188. Speaking about the game, Kohli said, “Tough one for the bowlers. We were looking at 175 with the loss of early wickets. Manish and Raina batted well initially. Manish and MS were outstanding to get to 190. I thought that was a winning total. But the constant drizzle made it difficult from the 12th over onwards."
Kohli credit the South African batsmen for applying themselves. "Credit to the SA batsmen. Klaasen and Duminy really batted well. They were very positive. Good from the spectator point of view. You don't want play to be stopped. Once the game was continued in the first innings, we knew it was going to be continued throughout. You don't mind these things. We didn't have problems with that," said Kohli.
"They took calculated risks. They targeted the short boundary and it came off for them. They deserve to win. We expect them to show some fight. They showed the passion which is needed to win games of cricket. They deserved to win tonight," he added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent