"I just want to play, thought I had to open today". Their only cause for cheer against the Proteas here came in January 2011, when Munaf Patel took 4-29 to lead India to a thrilling one-run win.
"I try to protect that. We did not deserve to win, that's the way the game goes", Kohli said. "You have to put your hand up and say they've been too good for us".
The duo added 100 runs off as many balls as South Africa looked lost for ideas with Aiden Markram's leadership inexperience showing in his odd field settings. It's not something that happens every time.
This was Kohli's second highest ODI score. The first, with the team 200 for 2 in 34.2 overs and Shikhar Dhawan past a century, meant that when play resumed the batsmen had to find their rhythm again, a futile effort as it turned out.
Batting first India had set a total of 290 to be chased.
"Today I wanted to accelerate at different times".
Between them they managed to take just 3 wickets. Sometimes you take a risk, it pays off.
While chasing, Kohli said, it is easier to compartmentalise since the target is already there to be chased.
The wicket will carry bounce for the seamers, but the batsmen will also enjoy batting at the venue. All throughout the series, India's wrist-spinners have been on top of the Proteas but Klaasen had come prepared to ruffle their feathers.
"We weren't sure what to do, we were leaning towards bowling first". To us, we are on the brink of it, if we do it, it will be really huge.
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Kohli promised to up the ante in the remaining three games. Focussing on today and how we are going to go about. That is certainly something that lifts the team even more. They have done very well for us. Kohli chose not to be too harsh on Chahal in the post-match conference but try explaining the no-ball to Sunil Gavaskar, who simply couldn't understand the business of spinners bowling no-balls.
The match was well over before the stipulated 50 overs as SA crashed to a 124 run defeat.
Against Kuldeep Yadav, Klaasen employed the lap and the reverse-sweep to start off with, and then pounced on flatter length.
"It was more like a T20 game where you have to go after the bowlers and it can get hard when people get into a groove and when a side has momentum it can be very hard to stop them".
For the hosts, left-arm pacer Shabnim Ismail did the maximum damage with four for 30 in nine overs.
"See of course they are young guys, they have done very well, more than well for us", held Dhawan. "It's unbelievable. Taking eight wickets today - outstanding". "It's normal", Dhawan said in defence of Kohli. Credit to them. Both are very courageous in terms of how they bowl and the kind of fields they want as well. His milestone came off just 99 balls. In fact, Chris Morris said the home team has lost the three games by millimetres.
Elaborating on just what is working for Chahal and Yadav here, Kohli said the conditions have been almost ideal for the duo. He was also announced as the player of the match. "They have done outstandingly well in the last two games picking up a majority of the wickets in both games and being the difference between both sides", said the skipper. The 21st over, bowled by Kuldeep, went for 16 runs. I think they played with a lot of character in the end, they pulled through, they deserved to win. In his four ODI innings so far, Rohit made just 40 runs at an average of 10, his lowest in any series/ tournament since he began opening in 2013. They got hit and they will learn a lot of things.
Then Miller was bowled by Chahal to make the score 107 for five and the Proteas were on the ropes but replays showed that the delivery was a no ball and Miller's survival would prove to be yet another turning point in the match.
Despite AB's bit hits, India were still well in control of the game when Henrik Klaasen and Miller decided it was time to go for their shots.