Vastavam web: India skipper Virat Kohli blamed the weather god for making life difficult for his bowlers after they failed to defend a total of 188 against South Africa in the second twenty2o International here.With rain lashing the SuperSport Park, Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal found it difficult to grip the ball and bled 64 in four overs as South Africa chased down the target comfortably to level the three-match series 1-1 here.Asked about the conditions, Kohli said: “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. We didn’t really have problems with the conditions, it was a constant drizzle, was fine to play.”
Kohli praised South African batsmen for constructing their chase well.”Credit to the SA batsmen. Klaasen and Duminy really batted well. They were very positive. Good from the spectator point of view,” he said.Satisfied with his team’s effort, South Africa captain J P Duminy termed it as an “easy” win.
“At the toss we spoke about this being a S/F. Way we started with the ball was exceptional. They gained momentum with the last five overs but our batsmen showed composure. Pretty easy win in the end,” he said.Duminy said they constructed the chase keeping DLS system in mind.
“We tried our utmost to keep with the DLS system. In the end, it worked in our favour because it gave us the freedom. It was raining a bit in our bowling innings as well. We knew we had to set the tone with a good first over,” he said.