SA score 269/8 in 1st ODI against India

04 February, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli who played five pacers in the final Test at Johannesburg vs South Africa cricket team made it clear that spin will return to the armoury with Yuzvendra Chahal being one of his go to man

Rival captains, Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, both scored superb centuries but in the end India coasted to a comfortable six-wicket victory with almost five overs to spare in the opening One Day International (ODI) at Kingsmead, in Durban, on Thursday.

Chris Morris contributed 37 runs with bat lower down the order.

"I thought the Indian spinners bowled well, but still, we should have been better against them". Despite media's criticism of skipper Virat Kohli for skipping him in the two Tests, Rahane has done a good job.

Kohli's match-winning innings also overshadowed the feats of his counterpart, Faf du Plessis, who rescued a faltering South African effort with 120 from 112 balls.

"Our mindset has changed now, we used to focus a lot on the now, but this is the first time that we are casting our eye into the future".

Of more immediate concern is who, in Du Plessis' and De Villiers' absence, will captain South Africa in the second ODI in Centurion on Sunday. However, Kohli's wicket was too little, too late as he had already brought his team to the verge of victory. Apart from Du-Plessis no other batsman score big innings.

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Former South Africa cricketer Neil McKenzie said that the Proteas need to improve their batting show against the wrist spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal if they wish to give India a fight in the ODI series.

India selected two spinners as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal got the nod to play.

In the end, Tahir finished wicketless in his 10 overs and although he was not very expensive, he failed to provide South Africa with any penetration. "India bowled really well and we were 50 to 70 runs short".

Even though he was the one who looked comfortable among the two openers, Amla missed one that came back in sharply after pitching and was adjudged leg-before-wicket off Bumrah. Apart from this, India also played two triangular series in 1996-97 and 2001-02, which included teams from Zimbabwe and Kenya, but both of them emerged from the victor of South Africa.

"When you're chasing five runs an over here, it's pretty easy".

This ODI series is an opportunity for India to register their first series win against Proteas in South Africa. You could feel that mentally they were still a bit drained.

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