Match: South Africa v India, first of six ODIs on South Africa’s tour of India
Date: 1 February 2018
Venue: Kingsmead, Durban
Toss: South Africa, who chose to bat.
Result: India win by 6 wickets.
MoM: V Kohli
Kohli-Rahane crush South Africa
– criczest staff
Virat Kohli (112) and Ajinkya Rahane (79) starred as India took a 1-0 lead in the six match ODI series with a six wicket win against South Africa in Durban. Kohli and Rahane capped off the good work done by the spinners who restricted South Africa to 269 on a very good batting pitch. Faf du Plessis’s hundred went in vain. Here is how the game unfolded:
Faf du Plessis didn’t have the brightest start to the day when he called Michael Holding ‘Bish’ (Ian Bishop) not once but twice during the toss!
— APRAMEYA .C (@APRAMEYAC) February 1, 2018
After Amla’s early departure de Kock gave South Africa a decent start before Chahal trapped him leg before. The funny thing was de Kock almost walked and didn’t even turn around to discuss taking a review, because had he done so, it could have saved him.
— DNA (@dna) February 1, 2018
Amidst all this there was a minor scare for India as Virat Kohli went off the field after jamming his knee into the ground while chasing a ball, but thankfully there wasn’t any major damage as he returned 10 minutes later.
For those worried about Virat Kohli's knee and him being off the field, the word from the team is that he'll be back on the field in 10 minutes. #SAvIND
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) February 1, 2018
South African middle order didn’t have any answers to the spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep. The spin twins spun a web around the hosts reducing them from 83-1 to 134-5, leaving their skipper with it all to do at the other end. Chahal and Kuldeep’s collective tally read an impressive 20-0-79-5.
Leggie twins can do it overseas too… This might already be the World Cup's first-choice spin pairing. #SAvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) February 1, 2018
Faf found support in the all-rounders stitching up two back to back fifty run partnerships first with Morris and then with Phehlukwayo that pushed the hosts to 269 with Faf top scoring with 120, his ninth ODI hundred.
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) February 1, 2018
In reply, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan both got starts but failed to make it count. Dhawan, to no fault of his, got run out as Kohli called him for a non-existent single!
Never seen Dhawan that animated. Even after a horrible drop or shot, he is usually smiling. Looks pissed off now
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 1, 2018
Oh boy there would have been some Delhi language exchanged after that! #SAvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 1, 2018
However, Kohli didn’t let that run out of Dhawan affect his batting as he went about taking India home in another run chase. Ably supported by Ajinkya Rahane from the other end, as the duo made easy work of the target with a record 189 run partnership for the third wicket. South Africa managed to see the back of both, Kohli on 112, and Rahane on 79 but it was too little too late as Pandya and Dhoni completed the formalities taking India over the line with six wickets and 27 balls left.
Ajinkya Rahane is playing an absolute pearler here.. Great mindset to have having been left out of the odis post the Australia series inspite of runs.. Fabulous.. #SAvsIND
— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) February 1, 2018
Indian masterclass in chasing underway. Kohli and Rahane have skilfully silenced 15 000 Durbanites, and barely broke a sweat. #SAvInd
— Lungani Zama (@whamzam17) February 1, 2018
Virat Kohli (in 41 inngs) has equalled Sourav Ganguly's record (in 142 inngs) for most ODI hundreds by an Indian captain. #SAvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 1, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 1, 2018
When I grow up I want to be Virat Kohli batting in an ODI run chase.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) February 1, 2018
|South Africa||269-8 (50)||Runs||Balls||4s||6s||SR|
|Quinton de Kock||lbw b Chahal||34||49||4||0||69.39|
|Hashim Amla||lbw b Bumrah||16||17||1||0||94.12|
|*Faf du Plessis||c Pandya b Bhuvneshwar||120||112||11||2||107.14|
|Aiden Markram||c Pandya b Chahal||9||21||0||0||42.86|
|Jean-Paul Duminy||b Kuldeep||12||18||1||0||66.67|
|David Miller||c Kohli b Kuldeep||7||7||1||0||100.00|
|Chris Morris||b Kuldeep||37||43||4||1||86.05|
|Andile Phehlukwayo||not out||27||33||1||1||81.82|
|Kagiso Rabada||run out (Bhuvneshwar)||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Morne Morkel||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Rohit Sharma||c de Kock b Morkel||20||30||2||1||66.67|
|Shikhar Dhawan||run out (Markram)||35||29||6||0||120.69|
|*Virat Kohli||c Rabada b Phehlukwayo||112||119||10||0||94.12|
|Ajinkya Rahane||c Tahir b Phehlukwayo||79||86||5||2||91.86|
|Hardik Pandya||not out||3||6||0||0||50.00|
|MS Dhoni||not out||4||3||1||0||133.33|