South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis admitted that India were too good after the hosts registered a six-wicket victory in the first one day international at Kingsmead, Durban on Thursday.
Kohli hit his 33rd hundred, and featured in a record 189-run third-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (79) as India won with ease.
"India with a strong batting line up batted really well. Tried everything with field placements and tactics but Virat and Rahane played very well," Faf du Plessis said at the post match presentation ceremony.
Du Plessis added his side did not bat well. "Definitely didn't get enough, we didn't bat well enough. I reckon we were about 50-60-70 runs short. Chris had a good partnership but as a batting unit we were disappointed," he said.
On the injury suffered when he hurt his finger, he said, "Just a few battle scars. Just went upstairs to get the fingers checked. One-day cricket the intensity is a lot higher. Happy to get through the game and feeling strong now.”
The second match of the six-ODI series will be played at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.
--By A Cricket Correspondent