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290dThe Report by Alagappan Muthu

Kohli 112 bests du Plessis 120 as India go 1-0 up

A difficult chase of 270 ended up being straightforward thanks to a mighty Virat Kohli century and solid contribution from Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

F du Plessis
120(112) 11x4 - 2x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 23 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
9 9 4 13 31 13 21 20
V Kohli
112(119) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 19 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
2 14 18 14 26 15 8 14

Best performances - Bowlers

Kuldeep Yadav
O10
M0
R34
W3
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
AL Phehlukwayo
O8
M0
R42
W2
Eco5.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Varun Shetty

8:55pm And that is all from our presentation for you today. We hope you enjoyed the wonderful cricket we were treated to today, and hope you'll join us as we call the second game for you in a few days. Good night!

Virat Kohli: Yeah it was quite special. First match of the series is important. We wanted to take the momentum of the Test win into this and when we restricted South Africa to 270 on this sort of a pitch, we were happy. Very happy for Jinx. Jinx is a top class player. We understood fast bowling was going to be a big factor in this tour. He was superb, he took on the fast bowlers. [On India's bowling] Bhuvi and Bumrah, we bank on them. Picking up one or two wickets in the top ten is what we wanted to do. And then the two wristpsinners - outstanding bowling by both of them. They are working wonderfully for the team. They're playing in South Africa for the first time. They were very brave, they were throwing it up and that's why they got wickets. As a captain, its outstanding when you have two guys who know what they want to do.

Virat Kohli is the Man of the Match.

Faf du Plessis: Just a few battle scars. Just went upstairs to get the fingers checked. One-day cricket the intensity is a lot higher. Happy to ge through the game. Feeling strong. 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. When you're chasing five runs an over here, it's pretty easy. Tried everything with field placesments and tactics but Virat and Rahane played very well.

Mileend: "Kohli-Rahane partnership gives memories of Sachin-Dravid's many match winning and building partnerships, just think if Rahane gets a longer run in ODI he can be next Dravid, hes adaptive enough to be like him"

Deepak Karkala: "How accurate was Kuldeep in his assessment of the score during the Innings break? "269 is a good score. Hopefully we can chase in 45-46 overs". This is what he said!!"

8:35pm A canter for India in the end. A six-wicket win with nearly five overs to spare. South Africa's 17-game winning streak at home has ended. It wasn't a "complete performance" from India by any means, but enough players contributed at the right moments to seize this game from South Africa, who had the momentum at the start of the match. The miserly wristspin duo took five wickets between them, conceding under four per over when the medium-pacers endured a bad day. Then, Kohli and Rahane in partnership - they put on 189 - were masterful as they dismantled South Africa with strategic running before bringing out the big shots. Nicely finished in the end for India, and they now have a 1-0 lead.

45.3
4
Rabada to Dhoni, FOUR runs, there's the win. Short ball in at middle stump. Watches it come on and shovels it through square leg with a short-arm action

it's begun to drizzle

45.2
0
Rabada to Dhoni, no run, full toss on off stump. Defended down the pitch
45.1
1
Rabada to Pandya, 1 run, good length outside off, tapped into the covers off the front foot

END OF OVER:
45 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 265/4 (5 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.88, RRR: 1.00)

  • MS Dhoni0 (1b)
  • HH Pandya2 (5b)
  • AL Phehlukwayo8-0-42-2
  • K Rabada9-0-43-0
44.6
0
Phehlukwayo to Dhoni, no run, close shout for lbw is turned down. It's a full ball and he's locked himself as he looks to flick. It strikes him on the pads and it would have gone down
44.5
1
Phehlukwayo to Pandya, 1 run, full outside off stump, driven on the up to mid-off
44.4
2lb
Phehlukwayo to Pandya, 2 leg byes, good length and in at leg stump. Misses on the flick again. Deflected in fine leg's region and they pinch a second

Kohli's centuries set

9

No. of countries in which Kohli has scored ODI centuries. He has played in 9 and has centuries in all of them.

Rahane's record run

5

No. of consecutive 50+ scores for Rahane in ODIs, including fifty today. Tendulkar and Kohli (twice) are the only to do it for India.

Rohit's SA woes

13.25

Rohit Sharma's average in ODIs in South Africa - his lowest in any nation playing 2 or more inns. His scores in 8 inns there has been: 11, 9, 23, 1, 5, 18, 19, 20.

Chahal-Kuldeep duo

5/79

Bowling figures of the wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav (3/34) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/45) from their 20 overs. All other India bowlers picked up only 2 wickets and conceded runs at 6.23 per over in 30 overs.

Faf-Morris steady things

5.76

Run rate of the 74-run partnership for sixth wicket between Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris. After they lost 3 wickets within 8 overs, du Plessis and Morris batted for about 13 overs.

Brakes applied

39/3

South Africa's score in the 10 overs between 21st to 30th over. They were 99 for 2 in first 20 overs.

Difficult Durban

142

Average margin of defeat for India in last 3 ODIs in Durban, before this match. They lost by 134 runs in 2013, 135 runs in 2011 and 157 runs in 2006.

Top form at home

17

No. of consecutive ODIs won by South Africa at home, before this. Their last defeat was against England in Feb 2016. The streak includes 5-0 whitewashes v Aus and SL and 3-0 v B'desh.