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South Africa vs India - 1st ODI

Series: India tour of South Africa, 2017-18
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Date & Time: 01 February 2018

India 270/4 (45.3 Ovs) CRR: 5.93 | India won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c de Kock & b Morne Morkelc de Kock & b Morne Morkel203021
Shikhar Dhawan runout runout 352960
Virat Kohli c Rabada & b Phehlukwayoc Rabada & b Phehlukwayo112119100
Ajinkya Rahane c Tahir & b Phehlukwayoc Tahir & b Phehlukwayo798652
Hardik Pandya Not OutNot Out3600
MS Dhoni Not OutNot Out4310
Kedar Jadhav dnbdnb0000
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Jasprit Bumrah dnbdnb0000
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Extras 17 (b 0, lb 6, w 11, nb 0)
Total 270 (4 Wkts, 45.3 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Morne Morkel7 0 35 1 5
Kagiso Rabada9.3 0 48 0 5.33
Chris Morris7 0 52 0 7.43
Imran Tahir10 0 51 0 5.1
Andile Phehlukwayo8 0 42 2 5.25
Jean-Paul Duminy2 0 16 0 8
Aiden Markram2 0 20 0 10
Hashim Amla0 0 0 0 0
Quinton de Kock0 0 0 0 0
Faf du Plessis0 0 0 0 0
David Miller0 0 0 0 0


So, Kohli's first ton in ODIs against South Africa in South Africa has paved the way for a comfortable win for the Indians. Both the skippers got tons but Faf never had the Man Friday that Kohli had in the form of Rahane. He looked in complete control and sailed through for most of his 79 runs playing seamers and spinners with astute footwork. India have broken South Africa's string of 17 wins in ODIs at home as well. The South African think tank will have to turn it around quickly. How quickly, we will figure out soon. Our rhetoric team of writers take a leave. I have been Kumar Abhisekh Das and have found immense pleasure in the company of MS Ramakrishnan, Akshay Maanay, Abhinand, Varun Dixit and our scorer Vinod.

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Both captains scoring 100s in the same ODI:
Porterfield - Morgan, 2013
Kohli - Rahim, Fatullah, 2014
Kohli - Mathews, Ranchi, 2014
Kohli - Du Plessis, Durban, 2018*

Highest stands for India vs SA in SA
193 Tendulkar - Ganguly, Joburg, 2001 (1st wicket)
189 KOHLI - RAHANE*, Durban, 2018 (3rd wicket)
117 Ganguly - Dravid, East London, 1997 (1st wicket)

Most 100s as ODI captains:
22 R Ponting
13 AB de Villiers
11 S Ganguly/ V KOHLI
10 S Jayasuriya

Highest third wicket stand for India vs SA:
189 KOHLI - RAHANE*, Durban, 2018
158 Tendulkar - Dravid, Belfast, 2007
125 Dhawan - Rahane, MCG, 2015

- Rahane's last five ODI innings: 55, 70, 53, 61, 79. His last five innings at #4: 45, 87, 89, 50, 79.

Virat Kohli, Man of the Match: Yeah it was quite special. We wanted to take the confidence from Jo'Burg to here. We wanted one good partnership. Very very happy for Jinks as well. It is easier to break down the total when you have a number on the board. I like to understand the game. I had never scored an ODI hundred in South Africa. Thus, the celebration. It was my knee but my groin took the impact(talking about his injury when India were fielding). The outfield for me was quite dangerous. I am ok now. Bhuvi and Bumrah again, we bank on them. The two wrist spinners have been making the difference for us. Having two wrist spinners I mentioned in the press conference is a huge advantage. It augurs well for the team when you have two fearless youngsters. They set their own field as well. They will have to keep this going for the rest of the series. Jinks has a good technique and he took the confidence from the last game and never had doubts in his mind. He batted positively and I could solidify the situation from the other end. Hats off to him, he was outstanding.

Faf du Plessis: Went upstairs to get my finger checked. One day cricket, the intensity is a lot higher. We did not bat well enough. We were at least 50-60 short. The conditions were a little slower in the first innings. India with a strong batting line up batted really well. I tried everything. Field placements, different tactics but Virat and Rahane played really well.

An ODI win in South Africa after almost 7 years was actually set up by the spin twins. Chahal-Kuldeep pair bowled 20 overs, picked 5 wickets for a bargain of 79 runs. That choked the run rate and despite an amazing effort from the Proteas skipper, who also got a ton, South Africa in hindsight looked a lot light on the runs. In the absence of ABD and the poor form of QDK, resulted in a mini middle order collapse and India made enough inroads to disallow a huge South African score. The last 10 overs also went for only 69 runs. Hang on to listen to what Virat meant as he celebrated his ton with a few animated gestures towards the dressing room. Hopefully, he will spill the beans.

Ok then. Not many preconceived this result. India take a 1-0 lead and win in a canter with 27 balls to spare as well. The chief architect was the skipper himself with another sublime ton. His 33rd in ODIs. And India's latest 4, tried out previously though, Rahane threw his hat into the ring for being a contender for the spot by stroking a calculative 79. Even Dhawan's quickfire 35 served as the launchpad for India's riposte.

Rabada to Dhoni, FOUR, the flamingo pull! Dhoni signs off an Indian win for the umpteenth time. India win by 6 wickets and take a 1-0 lead. This is India's first win in an ODI at Durban against South Africa. That was a short ball and the batsman latched on to it to muscle the ball behind square for a four. And the clouds opened up as well
Rabada to Dhoni, no run, full toss, MS did not anticipate that and pushes the ball back to the bowler
Rabada to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, taps the ball into the off-side and steals a single
Phehlukwayo to Dhoni, no run, huge appeal! South Africa doen't have a review and MS survives. It looked though it was going down. Yes, HawkEye confirms. Dhoni has a smile on his face
Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, drives the ball down the ground to mid-off and they take a single
Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya, leg byes, 2 runs, the batsman misses the clip but the ball scales enough distance into the on-side for a couple to be taken quite easily

MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Phehlukwayo to Kohli, out Caught by Rabada!! The short ball ploy does it for South Africa. A bit too late in the evening though. The entire stadium is up and applauding. That was another slower bouncer and the batsman tried not to keep it down. The top-edge was found and the man at fine leg takes it by running in. Kohli c Rabada b Phehlukwayo 112(119) [4s-10]

Phehlukwayo to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya, leg byes, 1 run, was going down. The ball was a full toss and the batsman missed the clip. The appeal from the bowler was a modest one and the umpire in return signalled leg byes. They have taken the review There was no bat as confirmed by the UltraEdge. The ball tracker shows the ball was going down. India get a single
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, 1 run, the short ball saga continues. Virat rocks back and pulls the ball away behind square. Only a single again as the man at long leg hauls it back
Rabada to Hardik Pandya, no run, walks across his sticks again and defends it into the off-side
Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, swivels on the back foot, almost loses his balance and pulls the ball away for the man at fine leg to put in a clumsy effort and save the four. Shamsi unknowingly kicks the ball away in his slide to ensure the man at deep square could mop it up. Only a single
Rabada to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, walks across his sticks and clips the ball away to fine leg for a single. 11 more!

Mid-off and mid-on for Pandya.

Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, bottom-ends the drive down the ground but fails to beat Amla at mid-off. Only a single as Amla put in the slide to stop it
Rabada to Kohli, no run, punched from the crease and finds the man at cover as the length was short again
Rabada to Kohli, no run, third short ball outside off! Finally they have found a mini chunk in Kohli's armour. He misses the hook by a long way
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, 1 run, last thing South Africa wanted. The game might well be dead but Kohli has been provided with a life here. Another short delivery and the batsman got a big fat top-edge. Zondo came running in from deep square leg and dropped it despite getting to the ball
Phehlukwayo to Kohli, no run, slower short ball outside off and the batsman looking to pull the ball away, toe-ends the ball away on to the off-side

Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Phehlukwayo to Rahane, out Caught by Tahir!! A bit unnecessary but he was looking to finish it early. The ball caught inner half of the bat on the attempted inside out hit to scoop up high and be taken at long-on. He is not happy but he has done his job. The association worth 189 runs ends finally. That ball might have been a cutter as well as it looked like it got stuck in the wicket. Rahane c Tahir b Phehlukwayo 79(86) [4s-5 6s-2]

Phehlukwayo to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Phehlukwayo to Rahane, no run, whippy clip and the man at mid-wicket picks the ball up with a dive to the left
Phehlukwayo to Rahane, no run, too full, spearing in at the boot, kept out into the deck
Phehlukwayo to Rahane, no run, drives on the up, lands on the bounce to the man at mid-off, who slides to tackle it

Only 14 needed now for India to take a 1-0 lead.

Rabada to Kohli, 2 runs, yorkerish delivery has been worked away into the on-side and the long throw from the deep square region had no takers at the bowler's end. Someone there could have meant that Rahane would have been in trouble. But that is how the running has been
Rabada to Rahane, 1 run, stands up tall, steers the ball away by allowing the ball to come to him
Rabada to Kohli, 1 run, bad ball on the pads, clipped to the man at deep mid. Only 17 needed now
Rabada to Kohli, no run, whips the ball away off the pads to find the man at mid-wicket
Rabada to Kohli, FOUR, he is having nets now! See it to believe it. Length ball outside off, sits deep in his crease and juts drop kicks the ball over cover for a four. The bat face turns on impact but it still races away
Rabada to Kohli, no run, length ball, decks in a tad, respectfully kept out with a high elbow


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