Virat Kohli says some lapse of concentration from Indian players in key moments after cape town test loss

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New Delhi. The Indian team suffered a crushing defeat by 7 wickets in the third and deciding Test match of the series against South Africa on Friday. With this victory, South African team won the 3-match series 2-1. With their disciplined performance, the hosts turned the dream of world No. 1 team India to ‘conquer the last fort’ into a nightmare. South Africa had a target of 212 runs, which they achieved on the fourth day by losing 3 wickets. Keegan Pietersen (113) played an important role in this, 82 runs from balls. He laid a strong foundation on the third day by sharing a 78-run partnership with captain Dean Elgar (30).

Virat Kohli said, ‘Looks like this is a great match of Test cricket for everyone. We played well in the first match. South Africa made a good comeback in the second match and maintained the momentum in the third as well. There was a lack of concentration on our part even in the crucial moments. I felt South Africa did well in those crucial moments and the hosts absolutely deserved a win. One of the challenges that we have faced overseas is that we are not able to maintain consistency when things are in our favour. Whenever we have done this, we have won matches.

Pietersen added 52 runs with Rossi van der Dussen (41 not out) on the morning of the fourth day. The unbroken 57-run partnership between Van der Dussen and Temba Vavuma (32 not out) was completed. India had a great chance of winning the series for the first time in South Africa. They started off brilliantly by winning the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs but lost the second match at Johannesburg by seven wickets. In this way, India lost the Test series in South Africa for the seventh time. Meanwhile, he once leveled the series 1-1 in 2010-11.

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