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Kohli, Rahane lead India to six-wicket victory

Friday, February 02, 2018

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DURBAN, South Africa (AFP) — Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 189-run third-wicket partnership and took India to a comfortable six-wicket win in the first One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa at Kingsmead on Thursday.

Kohli made 112 — extending his record of centuries in one-day run chases to 20 — and Rahane scored 79 as India reached the winning target of 270 with 27 balls to spare.

“It was quite special,” said Kohli. “The first game of the series is always important and we wanted to take the confidence of the last Test into here.”

Kohli, who now has 33 ODI centuries, said he enjoyed batting in a chase.

The India captain praised Rahane after their partnership took India to within 14 runs of victory before both fell to catches in the deep.

“He capitalised on that number four spot which we have been wanting to sort out for a while now,” said Kohli.

India ended a sequence of 17 successive home wins by South Africa and comprehensively outplayed the team that went into the match as the top-ranked one-day international team.

Second-ranked India controlled most of the match despite a century by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.

India's decision to pick two wrist spinners paid off as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets and were mainly responsible for restricting South Africa to 269 for eight.

Du Plessis made 120 off 112 balls but it was only late in the innings that South Africa were able to lift their scoring rate on a slow pitch after slumping to 134 for five in 27.5 overs.

Du Plessis shared partnerships of 74 with Chris Morris and 56 with Andile Phehlukwayo for the sixth and seventh wickets.

Leg-spinner Chahal took two for 45 and left-arm wrist spinner Yadav took three for 45.

Du Plessis admitted: “We didn't bat well enough. India bowled really well and we were 50 to 70 runs short.”

There was a scare for India early in the South African innings when Kohli jarred his left knee when attempting a sliding stop on a soft outfield.

He left the field twice to receive treatment. He said he had also strained his groin.

Du Plessis reached his ninth ODI century before being caught at long-off in the last over.

Du Plessis left the field with a finger injury during India's innings but said he expected to be fit for the remaining five matches.

SCOREBOARD
South Africa
Q de Kock lbw b Chahal 34
H Amla lbw b Bumrah 16
F du Plessis c Pandya b Kumar 120
A Markram c Pandya b Chahal 9
J Duminy b Kuldeep Yadav 12
D Miller c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 7
C Morris b Kuldeep Yadav 37
A Phehlukwayo not out 27
K Rabada run out (Dhoni) 1
M Morkel not out 0
Extras (lb3, nb1, w2) 6
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 269
Did not bat: Imran Tahir
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Amla), 2-83
(De Kock), 3-103 (Markram), 4-122
(Duminy), 5-134 (Miller), 6-208
(Morris), 7-264 (Du Plessis), 8-268
(Rabada)
Bowling: Kumar 10- 1-71-1 (1w),
Bumrah 10-0-56-1 (1w), Pandya 7-0-
41-0 (1nb), Chahal 10-0-45-2, Kuldeep
Yadav 10-0-34-3, Jadhav 3-0-19-0
India
R Sharma c De Kock b Morkel 20
S Dhawan run out (Markram) 35
V Kohli c Rabada b Phehlukwayo 112
A Rahane c Imran Tahir b Phehlukwayo 79
H Pandya not out 3
M Dhoni not out 4
Extras (lb6, w11) 17
Total (4 wkts, 45.3 Overs) 270
Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Sharma), 2-67
(Dhawan), 3-256 (Rahane), 4-262
(Kohli)
Did not bat: K. Jadhav, B. Kumar,
Kuldeep Yadav, J. Bumrah, Y. Chahal
Bowling: Morkel 7-0-35-0 (1w), Rabada
9.3-0-48-0, Morris 7-0-52-0 (2w), Imran
Tahir 10-0-51-0, Phehlukwayo 8-0-42-2
(2w), Duminy 2-0-16-0 (1w), Markram
2-0-20-0 (1w)
Result: India won by six wickets
Toss: South Africa
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Bongani Jele
(RSA)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)
Remaining matches:
February 4, Centurion
February 7, Cape Town
February 10, Johannesburg
February 13, Port Elizabeth
February 16, Centurion

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