Kohli, Rahane guide India to 1-0 lead against South Africa
India 270-4 (Kohli 112) beat
South Africa 269-8 (du Plessis 120) by six wickets
First One-Day International in Durban
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored a record 189 run stand as India chased down 270 runs against South Africa in the first One-Day International in Durban with six wickets in hand to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.
South Africa record streak at home comes to an end and a rare Indian win in rainbow nation
Heading into the Thursday's game, South Africa had won 17 consecutive ODIs at home and their last defeat came two years back against England. However, their latest setback against India meant the counter is reset and now they will be hoping to bounce back in the six-match series. Also, the win is even more special for India as this is their first victory in an ODI in the country after seven years.
South Africa off to solid start despite losing Amla early
Hashim Amla (16) and Quinton de Kock (34) provided a solid start to the innings after South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. The duo scored 30 runs off 44 deliveries before Jasprit Bumrah (1-56) provided the initial breakthrough when he trapped Amla LBW. Faf du Plessis (120) signalled his intention with hat-trick of boundaries in the ninth over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-71) as South Africa ended the first powerplay with a score of 49 for one.
Spinners put South Africa under considerable pressure
The runs came thick and fast for the Proteas as both de Kock and du Plessis hit three more boundaries in the 14th over bowled by Hardik Pandya (0-41). However, Kohli turned to his spinners to bring India back into the game and it proved fruitful as Yuzvendra Chahal (2-45) in his third over trapped de Kock LBW and also had Aiden Markram (9) caught. Kuldeep Yadav (3-34) at the other end caused even more trouble for the home side as he accounted for Jean-Paul Duminy (12) and David Miller (7) as South Africa were reduced to 134 for five.
Faf du Plessis wages lone battle to take South Africa to 269
Amit the collapse, du Plessis held one end up and completed his 30th ODI fifty in the 28th over. He had brief support from Chris Morris (37) as they shared 74 runs for the seventh wicket. The South African skipper went on to complete a terrific century in the death overs as South Africa made an incredible comeback to reach 269 for eight in the 50 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo (27 not out) also played a handy knock to support his skipper.
Indian openers score quick but fail to carry on
Chasing 270 runs, India got off to a decent start with Rohit Sharma (20) hitting a six in the third over while he and Shikhar Dhawan (35) also slammed four more boundaries in the next three overs to take the score to 31 for naught in the first six overs. Morne Morkel (1-35) provided the breakthrough when he had Rohit caught behind but Dhawan played out positively as India scoring 66 runs in the first 12 overs before an indecision in running led to his run out.
Kohli-Rahane sets up comfortable Indian win
South Africa sensed an opening with India down to 67 for two but Kohli (112) and Rahane (79) consolidated the innings to bring the chase on track. Contrary to the South African innings, the Indian duo tackled the spinners pretty comfortably with Kohli reaching his fifty off 56 deliveries and by the 30th over, the visitors were positioned 161 for two. Rahane signalled his intention hitting Imran Tahir (0-51) for a six in the 32nd over and soon the duo brought their record stand for the third wicket in South Africa.
With a boundary in the 35th over, Rahane notched his half-century and between overs 31 to 40, India added another 75 runs to ease the pressure on the chase and during that phase, Rahane completed his half-century. Kohli soon completed his 33rd ODI century and in the process joined Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya to score ODI centuries in nine countries. Even though Phehlukwayo (2-42) managed to dismiss both, India completed the chase in the 46th over with six wickets in hand.
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