Durban. Yet another ODI century from the Indian run machine Virat Kohli led India to win the first One Day International of six-match series. Indian skipper scored his century number 33 here at Kingsmead, in today’s match. With the valuable knock of Ajinkya Rahane along with the captain, India won by 6 wickets.
Indian Inning didn’t get a good start as the Indian openers Rohit Sharma (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (35) were sent to the pavilion early at the team score of 67 runs. After that, captain Kohli (112) and Ajinkya Rahane (79) led the team to the victory by putting a solid partnership of 189 runs for the third wicket.
However, Morne Morkel (1/37) picked the wicket of Rohit Sharma at the team score of 33 runs and Shikhar Dhawan got run out at the team score of 67, but the South African bowlers could not maintain the pressure after these two early wickets.
Earlier South Africa chose to bat first after winning the toss at Kingsmead. But Proteas top order failed to provide a solid start to the team. Their openers Hashim Amla (16) and Quinton de Kock (34) departed early. After that, captain Faf du Plessis held one end, till the very last over of the match and completed his 9th century in ODIs by scoring 120 runs with the help of 11 boundaries and 2 sixes.
The South African middle order also could not support their captain. The complete damage was done by both the Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav (3/34) and Yajuvendra Chahal (2/45), as they did not allow the South African middle order batsmen to settle and kept building pressure by taking wickets after regular intervals. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah also took 1 wicket each.
At the end of the inning, the lower order somehow supported the captain and took South Africa to a decent total. At the end of the inning, South Africa managed 269 runs after losing 8 wickets in 50 overs. Chris Morris (37) and Andile Phehlukwayo (27) played a valuable knock at the end of the Proteas inning.
Summary of the first inning:
South Africa – 269/8 (50 overs).
Faf du Plessis – 120 (112).
Kuldeep Yadav – 3/34.
Summary of the second Inning:
India – 270/4.
Virat Kohli – 112 (119).
Andile Phehlukwayo – 2/42.