1st ODI: Kohli-Rahane crush South Africa

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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.


South Africa269-8 (50)RunsBalls4s6sSR
Quinton de Kocklbw b Chahal34494069.39
Hashim Amlalbw b Bumrah16171094.12
*Faf du Plessisc Pandya b Bhuvneshwar120112112107.14
Aiden Markramc Pandya b Chahal9210042.86
Jean-Paul Duminyb Kuldeep12181066.67
David Millerc Kohli b Kuldeep7710100.00
Chris Morrisb Kuldeep37434186.05
Andile Phehlukwayonot out27331181.82
Kagiso Rabadarun out (Bhuvneshwar)1100100.00
Morne Morkelnot out0000
Imran Tahir
Extras: 6 b:0 lb:3 nb:1 w:2
Total: 269-8 (50) | Curr. RR: 5.38
FOW:Hashim Amla (30-1, 7.3), Quinton de Kock (83-2, 15), Aiden Markram (103-3, 20.4), Jean-Paul Duminy (122-4, 25.5), David Miller (134-5, 27.5), Chris Morris (208-6, 40.4), *Faf du Plessis (264-7, 49.2), Kagiso Rabada (268-8, 49.5)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar101711017.10
Jasprit Bumrah100561015.60
Hardik Pandya70410105.86
Yuzvendra Chahal100452004.50
Kuldeep Yadav100343003.40
Kedar Jadhav30190006.33

India270-4 (45.3)RunsBalls4s6sSR
Rohit Sharmac de Kock b Morkel20302166.67
Shikhar Dhawanrun out (Markram)352960120.69
*Virat Kohlic Rabada b Phehlukwayo11211910094.12
Ajinkya Rahanec Tahir b Phehlukwayo79865291.86
Hardik Pandyanot out360050.00
MS Dhoninot out4310133.33
Kedar Jadhav
Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal
Jasprit Bumrah
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Extras: 17 b:0 lb:6 nb:0 w:11
Total: 270-4 (45.3) | Curr. RR: 5.93
FOW:Rohit Sharma (33-1, 6.3), Shikhar Dhawan (67-2, 12.2), Ajinkya Rahane (256-3, 42.4), *Virat Kohli (262-4, 44.3)
South AfricaOMRWNbWdRPO
Morne Morkel70351015.00
Kagiso Rabada9.30480005.05
Chris Morris70520027.43
Imran Tahir100510005.10
Andile Phehlukwayo80422025.25
Jean-Paul Duminy20160018.00
Aiden Markram202000510.00