India Set South Africa 299 To Win Opening ODI
India 298-9 (Raina 58, Kallis 3-29) v South Africa
First One-Day International, Jaipur
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Suresh Raina top scored with 58 as India reached 298 for nine from their 50 overs in the first One-Day International against South Africa in Jaipur.
Raina was the only player to reach a half-century, scoring his runs from 63 balls with six fours and one six, putting on 66 for the fifth wicket with Virat Kohli (31).
Virender Sehwag crashed 46 in 37 balls and Dinesh Karthik made a fluent 44 after Sachin Tendulkar departed early, run out by Herschelle Gibbs and Wayne Parnell.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni also got a start, reaching 26 before becoming the first of South African captain's Jacques Kallis' three wickets. He would later dismiss Raina and Ravi Jadeja (22) while Yusuf Pathan marked his recall by thumping 18 in 13 balls.
Some late hitting from Praveen Kumar (13) and Ashish Nehra (16) almost pupshed India up to 300 although Nehra rode his luck on occasion, notably when a Charl Langeveldt inswinger clipped the off stump and having failed to dislodge the bails, the ball raced away for four to fine leg.
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