Bangalore - Indian captain Virat Kohli was
left frustrated on Wednesday after the rain-ravaged second Test against South
Africa robbed his team of a possible series win.
The match ended in a dreary draw in
Bangalore as play was washed out for a fourth consecutive day after the hosts
had gained the upper hand on the opening day.
The umpires called off the final day's play
at 08:00 due to a wet outfield at the Chinnaswamy stadium after incessant rains
over the past week.
There was action only on the first day on
Saturday when South Africa were shot out for 214 after being sent in to bat and
India replied with 80 for no loss.
"It's a pity we lost four days when we
were in such a strong position," Kohli said at the brief presentation
"The bowlers did a commendable job by
bowling South Africa out in less than three sessions which is something very
rare. A lot of people were surprised when we decided to field first.
"All credit to the bowlers. Bangalore
is known for its runs but our bowlers showed a lot of character."
Kohli hoped his team, which won the first
Test in Mohali by 108 runs to gain the lead in the four-match series, will take
the momentum into the third Test which starts in Nagpur on November 25.
"Nothing has changed in the series,"
the Indian captain said. "We took the confidence from Mohali to Bangalore
and we had a good day's play.
"The team is in great mood and
hopefully we won't have any more interruptions and the players can execute
their skills in Nagpur"
The rained-off draw meant top-ranked South
Africa have played just seven days of international cricket on the tour over
the last month.
Proteas skipper Hashim Amla, who was hoping
to revive his team after the embarrassing defeat inside three days in Mohali,
admitted his men had not batted well again.
"I am very surprised we lost four days
of cricket here, I really didn't think that would happen," Amla said.
"Unfortunately, we did not bat well
but I think the Test was still in the balance after the first day because a lot
of time was left."
Amla said AB de Villiers top-scoring with
85 on his 100th Test appearance was the highlight for his team in Bangalore.
"We are glad to share the moment with
him," he said. "We have had a long lay-off and everyone is keen to
get back on the park in Nagpur and play better cricket."