1st ODI

South Africa v India, 2010-11

At Kingsmead, Durban, January 12, 2011 (day/night). South Africa won by 135 runs. Toss: South Africa.

One-sided one-dayers can be very boring, and this was no exception. Amla spanked 50 from 36 balls to ignite the South African innings, and a fourth-wicket stand of 131 in 22 overs between de Villiers and Duminy - including 45 in the five-over batting powerplay, called early - gave it stability. But wickets kept tumbling, and what should have been a total well in excess of 300 eventually fell 11 short. Oddly, India's front-line bowlers were initially very expensive, and it was the part-timers, expected to be a liability, who put the brakes on. Kohli showed touches of class during his 54, but Tsotsobe quickly had Tendulkar caught at third man with a clever bouncer, and added the last three to finish with four for 31. Steyn made the first breakthrough then, in the 30th over, ended India's hopes by dismissing Kohli. Morkel, meanwhile, proved almost unplayable and finished with two for 12 from his five overs.

Man of the Match: L. L. Tsotsobe.

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