Having misplaced the primary sport by 31 runs, Indians had been as soon as once more soundly thrashed by seven wickets after having put up a fairly good 287 runs on the board.
“The track was slightly on the slower side and at the same time, we had enough runs on the board,” Pant, who scored 85, stated after the match.
“Last match (first ODI), we chased and this match we batted first, so when they batted, the wicket was much better for batting. In the second innings, it became slower and slower as the game progressed.
“Today, it was the identical but they batted properly in middle overs that is why they chased down the goal. We did not get sufficient wickets in the middle overs,” he said.
SA Spinners were better, admits India keeper
Pant admitted that Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi bowled better than Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal in the two games.
“I believe they (SA spinners) had been extra constant in their strains and lengths and they’re used to taking part in in these circumstances,” he said.
One of the biggest reasons for the defeat is lack of 50-over game time for a long duration, opined Pant.
“We are taking part in ODIs after a very long time and plenty of elements we will speak about but as a group, we’re all the time trying to enhance and hopefully, we will rectify them in coming matches.”
Not concerned about Bhuvneshwar’s form
Pant brushed aside queries about the poor form of veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“As a group, we’re all the time trying to enhance and I do not assume there may be a lot concern about Bhuvi bhai’s kind. Obviously, we’re taking part in ODI after a very long time so we’re simply getting used to the momentum, clearly dissatisfied after dropping the sequence but we’re methods to enhance,” he added.