Kuldeep Yadav with his career-best 3 for 34 and Yuzvendra Chahal's 2 for 45 halted the South Africa batting. They picked 5 wickets in their 20 overs conceding just 79 runs at an economy of 3.95. All other Indian bowlers managed just one wicket in 30 overs giving 187 runs, at economy of 6.23. The two wristspinners gave only four boundaries while others conceded 23 of them. This was also only the second time India spinners picked five or more wickets against South Africa in South Africa.
The 79 in the first ODI is his fifth-consecutive fifty for Ajinkya Rahane. Before this, he had hit four fifties in last four ODIs against Australia at home. He is only the third batsman to hit five consecutive fifty-plus scores for India. Kohli did this twice, in 2012 and 2013, and Sachin Tendulkar in 1994. Rahul Dravid had also done it, which had one fifty for Asia XI.
South Africa had won 17 consecutive ODIs at home before this loss. Their last defeat at was about two years back against England. Since then they won three ODIs against England, one against Ireland, handed 5-0 whitewashes to Australia and Sri Lanka and 3-0 against Bangladesh. This was also their first loss against India in Durban. They had won all of the previous six encounters with India.
Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath