South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Johannesburg December 5, 2013

South Africa trounce India in harsh welcome


South Africa 358 for 4 (Amla 65, de Kock 135, de Villiers 77, Duminy 59*, Shami 3-68) beat India 217 (Dhoni 65, Steyn 3-25, McLaren 3-49) by 141 runs
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South Africa brought Floyd-like edge to the word pink as they welcomed a clearly undercooked Indian side to the country with a 141-run hammering. Quinton de Kock, the baby face in baby pink, combined ferocity and cheek in his 135, and assisted by supporting fifties from Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy, gave India 359 to chase. On a pitch made to look placid by their bowlers, the India batsmen were on a hiding to nothing against a six-man pace attack that was at them from the start, when it took them 16 balls to even touch a Dale Steyn delivery.

During that first spell, Steyn caused India more trouble than the visiting bowlers did in the whole South African innings. On their first day of international cricket on this trip, the India bowlers were given the best of conditions: they won the toss, bowled when the pitch was at its freshest, and avoided the dew. However, with the exception of Mohammed Shami, they didn't test the batsmen for long enough, and when they did their fielders were off their game. Amla could have been run out on 7, and should have been caught on 8, but was let off by the India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. De Kock, too, survived a half chance early in the innings, but that was all impression the bowlers created.

Amla started scratchily, he scored just 65 out of the 152-run opening stand, but de Kock looked in fine touch from the start. The third ball he faced was a leg-side half-volley from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and he tucked into it. The last ball of that over was short and wide, and was cut away for four more. Mohit Sharma at the other end produced a fine fourth over, but he saw a top edge from de Kock fall short of the diving Shami at third man, and Rohit at cover did not come in to take a loopy leading edge from Amla. Two overs earlier Dhawan had missed the stumps from pretty close at mid-on.

Amla would rub it in by soon taking 14 off three balls to reach 23 off 29: a punch through cover, a walk across the stumps to play the pick-up over midwicket, and then a cut past point. De Kock needed no such acceleration, and his 27 off 23 had taken South Africa to 53 in nine overs. Shami began with a maiden, and it was about the time when Dhoni goes to his spinners for control back in India. At the Wanderers, however, the ball didn't grip and the pitch didn't slow down; R Ashwin bowled too short, and Ravindra Jadeja too fast.

It was not all milking from the opening pair: they found boundaries in six of the seven overs between Nos. 22 and 28. After 11 overs of spin for 62, MS Dhoni had to go to pace, not least because South Africa had called for an early Powerplay in the 30th over. An offcutter from Shami, and a mistimed chip from Jacques Kallis gave India two wickets in that 32-run Powerplay. During that period de Kock smacked a Mohit slower ball for six, and then took two singles to bring up his century. It was just a sign of things to come.

As Dhoni went back to spin in the 36th over, de Kock and AB de Villiers began to push into a higher gear. Without any violence - mainly through chips over mid-off, a late cut and one slog sweep - de Kock went from 101 off 102 to his eventual 135 off 121. When Virat Kohli, who took de Kock's return catch, gave the batsman a send-off, little did he know the wrath that awaited India. De Villiers and Duminy hit the bowlers around at will. Most of it was just clearing the front leg, and smacking length balls to all the stands. De Villiers even hooked a six from one knee. This was a statement of intent: we can do what we please.

The yorkers were few, the slower balls easily picked and dispatched, and de Villiers and Duminy added 105 in the 7.4 overs they batted together. Between them the two hit nine sixes and eight fours. De Villiers had scored 77 off 47 when he fell, which looked sedate in comparison to Duminy's unbeaten 59 off 29. An even hundred came off the last six overs.

Then it was over to the other wing of the welcome committee. Conditions couldn't have looked more different. The ball began to seam, swing and bounce. Dhawan looked comfortable during two Lonwabo Tsotsobe overs, but top-edged the first ball from Morne Morkel. Steyn softened Rohit up well and proper, but it was Virat Kohli who fell first to a shortish delivery from Ryan McLaren that seamed away to take the edge. In the next two balls, McLaren delivered the good-old one-two to Yuvraj Singh: a bouncer into the crash helmet followed by a fuller one that took the top of off stump.

Suresh Raina came in, didn't fancy the strike, called Rohit through for a poor run. Rohit should have said no. He now had a lot of time to go over his innings. The contest was finished well before it became 65 for 4 in the 16th over. Even as South Africa bowled their less-menacing bowlers, MS Dhoni's 65 only delayed the inevitable.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ashan on December 9, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    india performs pathetically. no point chasing350's on dead flat tracks. have to pull their socks up if they want to replicate 2011.

  • Abid Ur on December 8, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Winning %age at out of country's grounds Pak win% = 63 % India win% = 12 %

    It means that India will not will even a single match

  • Anand on December 8, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    For all Indian supporters, i dont think we need to panic, even though we lost the match by 141 runs we maintained run rate above 5. In my opinion, if the couple of run outs betwwen 15 and 22 overs didn't happens then it would have been a total different story. Yuvaraj needs to step up his game, as Dhoni mentioned once when he gets a few runs on board then every thing will be fine. 100% agree SA has got better bowling, chasing 350 all Indian batsmen played as per requirements of the match, two run outs were bad luck. A bit of pat on the back to our bowlers and Yuvaraj to step up, then every thing will be fine, sure our guys will bounce back stronger than ever for rest of the sries. Come on team India show the world we are no 1 odi team for a reason.

  • shankar on December 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    India's oversees record of late: Eng 0-4, Aus 0-4, SA 0-1 so far. It is a shame that REAL batsmen like Pujara, Badri, Jaffer, are considered "too slow" for ODIs. Class and technique transcends format. I am surprised Raina does not get the flak from his captain or analysts for basically making India look like a 9-men team. He almost always runs 1 batsman out and then gets run out himself. I am quite baffled as to why is he always living on the edge. He creates panic when there is none. Batting is all about soaking up the pressure and making it easier for the next batsman coming in. Raina mostly leaves the ground after digging a deeper hole for the rest of the line up.

  • Al on December 7, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Outside India, we can't afford to play both Yuvi and Raina - one of them has to be replaced by a proper batsman like Rahane, Rayudu or Badri. Same thing with Ashwin and Sir Jadeja - one of them has to be replaced by a pace bowling all rounder like Rishi Dhawan or Pathan.

  • ketan on December 7, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    india should bring zaheer,harbhajan. This younger bowlers always perform poorely n will continue. SA should take advantage of this bring your non-form batmen n see the results, they will be in best of form.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    A good victory for SA & a bad start for india. In hindsight I think bowlers let the Indians down by leaking too many runs. As for batting I think india haeavily relies on its top three & dhoni to finish things off. But Indians can look at the positives. the way rohit handled steyn except few misses was superb. his bat was so steady. Un fortunately when he got his eye in he was run out. that was the turning point. all the best for the next match !

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Great Indian batting has masked Indian terrible indian bowling in past 10 years.

    Cannot figure out why critics don't see that AVG TEAM TOTALS IN NON INDIAN GAMES ON SAME PITCHES & WITH SAME RULES, ARE 100 RUNS LESS THAN AVG TEAM TOTALS SCORED AGAINST INDIA............................Indian bowling is conceding 100 runs more compared to other teams in same conditions. While Ind was conceding 360every game to AUS Pak was conceding only 220 to better batting attack of SA on simi;ar flat tracks with same ODI rules

  • ESPN on December 7, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Suddenly Pakistan look like a decent side. They certainly have more bite in their bowling attack than India, but a swallow doesn't make a summer abd SA should beware an Indian batting backlash.

  • Gavin on December 7, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    @ Praveen Sindhagi - This was not prepared to be some sort of devlish pitch. What a lot of people seem to forget is that a 20 year old kid barely out of school flayed the hapless indian attack all over the place on this very same pitch. This is a batting track people, not a bowlers pitch, this is the same ground SA chased down 434. The ODI decks at the Waderers are usually good for batting. The test pitch is another matter entirely. Don't blame the pitch and conditions for the shortcomings of your batsmen. Just because they hit double centuries on runways doesnt make them great batsmen. Great batsmen can score anywhere, which is what makes them great.

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