"We're going to have to wait and see once they pass the first Test match," said Philander before the start of the 1st Test. Now the result is out, South Africans have managed to clinch the 1st Test with a 72-run victory. The question is, South Africans succeed in terrifying team India?
Results show that its other way round! South Africa failed to dominate the game, whereas Indians succeeded in throwing a challenge. If we dissect the match, there were few instances where Indians could win. Kudos to Pandya for his dynamic knock of 93 runs, he set India back on track. With this lead, Indian bowlers restricted the hosts for 130 in 2nd innings. To add upon, when India was 71/3 chasing the target of 207 where Kohli & Rohit were full throttle...Kohli tried to pressurize SA with a strike rate of 80.
What if Kohli converted his 24 runs into a 70-80 knock? What if Rohit converted his 10 runs into a champion half-century? India would have been on a different level, leading the series with 1-0 and South Africans would have been under a great pressure fearing a series loss. These are certainly a few good things to learn from the loss of 1st Test, more such interesting analyses and trivia are available on FanKick.
Fortunate SA, bowlers came to their rescue & won the match. For India, it is neither a win nor a loss. With some brilliant performances in the kitty, Kohli said that team is happy with the performance. If they could go for an extra mile, keeping in mind the absence of Dale Steyn, they can surely knock down South Africans.
To conclude, it was a blessing in disguise for India. Surprisingly they warned SA not to give any open chances. For more information on sports, visit FanKick Sports Exclusive.