Cricket: India captain Virat Kohli fumes at South African broadcasters, as third umpire decision goes against his side

Indian test captain Virat Kohli could find himself in hot water, after a mid-game outburst at South African broadcaster SuperSport.

The skipper lost his cool, after a television umpire's decision went against his side on day three of the third test between South Africa and India at Cape Town.

At 60/1, in chase of 212 runs to win the three-match series, South African captain Dean Elgar appeared to be out, as umpire Marais Erasmus awarded a leg-before-wicket decision in favour of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

But after Elgar contested his dismissal, the umpire decision review system (DRS) ruled in favour of him, showing the ball would have gone over the top of the stumps.

Incensed by the call going against India, Kohli made a beeline for the stump microphones to deliver a message to SuperSport.

"Focus on your team while they shine the ball, not just the opposition, trying to catch people all the time," he said.

Kohli was referencing the Australian 2018 ball-tampering scandal, which only came to light after SuperSport camera operators captured Cameron Bancroft altering the ball with sandpaper.

Kohli wasn't the only Indian player to take aim at SuperSport, with Ashwin adding: "You should find better ways to win, SuperSport."

Stump microphones also caught India's vice-captain KL Rahul saying: "It's the whole country against 11 guys."

Ironically, Kohli and India benefited from a DRS decision on the final ball of day three, as Elgar was given out caught behind, despite an original 'not out' call.

The two sides will resume on Friday night (NZ time), with South Africa needing 111 runs for victory and India eight wickets.