Rahul hoped India will improve on the mistakes made in the first ODI. "We didn't do too wrong but the middle overs were the difference. With the ball, we couldn't get wickets and with the bat, we couldn't get partnerships after Virat and Shikhar gave us a good chance.
Rahul brought up his seventh Test century by steering Maharaj through backward point despite a desperate dive by Keegan Petersen. He also became the second Indian opener to score a Test century in South Africa after Wasim Jaffer's 116 at Cape Town in 2007.