SA v Ind 1st ODI: Bavuma, van der Dussen star in home team's win
South Africa took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against India as they claimed the first match by 31 runs.
South Africa after opting to bat posted 296 for four in their 50 overs and in their response India was limited to 265 for eight in their 50 overs.
Earlier, South Africa lost early wickets were struggling at 68 for three. The innings was revived by a fine fourth wicket stand for 204 between captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen.
Bavuma was fourth wicket to fall as he went for 110 off 143 balls with eight boundaries. On the other hand van der Dussen remained unbeaten on 129 off 96 balls with nine boundaries and four sixes.
For India the best bowler was Jasprit Bumrah (2-48).
In their response, India started off sedately. Then there was a fine rearguard action thanks to Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli's second wicket stand. Dhawan and Virat added 92 runs for the second wicket. Dhawan was the first to go for 79 off 84 balls with 10 boundaries. Kohli was the next to go for 51 off 63 balls with three boundaries.
There was a brief resistance from Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. But India slipped from 138 for one to 188 for six and then 199 for seven.
Then towards the end Shardul Thakur used the long handle to good effect. He ended unbeaten on 50 off 43 balls with five boundaries and a six. Thakur shared an unbroken 51 run stand for the ninth wicket with Jasprit Bumrah. India finished on 265 for eight in their 50 overs as South Africa won by 31 runs.
For South Africa the wicket-takers were Lungi Ngidi (2-64), Tabraiz Shamsi (2-52) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2-26).
The second ODI will be played on 21 January at the Boland Park in Paarl.
South Africa: 296-4 (50)
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Janneman Malan-4.2 ov), 2-58 (Quinton de Kock-15.1 ov), 3-68 (Aiden Markram-17.4 ov), 4-272 (Temba Bavuma-48.1 ov)
India: 265-8 (50)
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (KL Rahul-8.3 ov), 2-138 (Shikhar Dhawan-25.3 ov), 3-152 (Virat Kohli-28.2 ov), 4-181 (Shreyas Iyer-33.5 ov), 5-182 (Rishabh Pant-34 ov), 6-188 (Venkatesh Iyer-35.5 ov), 7-199 (Ravichandran Ashwin-38.3 ov), 8-214 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar-42.2 ov)
Result: South Africa won by 31 runs, lead series 1-0
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma (captain), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi
India: KL Rahul (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Start Time: January 19, 2022 08:30
Toss: South Africa won the toss & elected to bat
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl, Paarl
Match Officials: Allahudien Paleker, Marais Erasmus (On-field Umpire); Adrian Holdstock (TV Umpire); Andy Pycroft (Match-referee)
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