A Positive Start For India Against The Proteas

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First Match of the Momentum one-day international at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban on Thursday night went well for India as the exhausted the Proteas with a six wickets win making a score of 270/4.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first and in just 7.3 overs Hashim Amla was out with a score of 30\1.  Faf Du Plessis came in and showed plenty of hostility to the Indians as his Partnership with De Kock reached a half-century.

De Kock quickly fell victim to Chahal, adjudged leg before although replays showed the ball would have missed the leg stump.

After that it was wicket for wicket the South African men were losing the game and they was no hope of coming back, with Aiden Markram, JP Duminy and David Miller all falling easily as the Proteas crawled from 83/1 to 134/5

Faf du Plessis struck a outstanding century to enable his team to reach 269/8, a total that seemed to offer a good challenge for the Indian batsmen.

Du Plessis received further useful assistance from Andile Phehlukwayo (27*) in another half-century partnership before he departed in the final over, caught at long-off.

It was India’s time to bet and looking the score South Africa left for them it wasn’t going to be an easy  chase.

The partnership of the man of the match, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane , banged a spectacular century and featured in a match-winning record partnership of 189 in 188 balls.

A challenging score of 270 for India to win seemed impossible but they were able to pull it off in just 45.3 overs.

After India showed a brilliant combination between their batsmen it was obvious that it was a victory for them making a score of 270\4.

These two will meet again on Sunday for their second ODI in the six match series.

SOUTH AFRICA: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Faf du Plessis (capt), Aiden Markram, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

INDIA: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal