Cape Town - Proteas captain Hashim Amla has acknowledged that India outplayed them throughout the four-game Test series.
The Proteas battled gamely to save the final Test in Delhi, with Amla (25 off 244 balls) and AB de Villiers (43 off 296 balls) doing their level best to claim a draw.
In the end, the South Africans were bowled out for 143 in 143.1 overs as India won by 337 runs to take the series 3-0.
"We knew we had to bat long and hard, we tried our exceptional best, AB had a fantastic effort...” Amla said during the post-match interview.
“You’ve got to do what is best for the team, it is easy to go out there and get some runs, but we tried to take it as deep as possible, get something from this game, unfortunately we were outplayed by India throughout the whole series, they batted and bowled better than us.”
Amla though took heart from the limited overs formats, where the Proteas won both the T20 (2-0) and ODI series (3-2).
"Winning the T20s and the ODIs was brilliant... It was a tough series for our batters, we didn't manage to get enough runs... credit to our seamers on these pitches, just unfortunate we couldn’t get the runs to back them up."