Brief scores: South Africa 269/8 (Faf du Plessis 120; Kuldeep Yadav 3/34, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/45) lost to India 270/4 (Virat Kohli 112, Ajinkya Rahane 79) by six wickets
1st ODI, statistical highlights:
- Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli put together a match-defining (‘game-changing’, in the words of the Indian skipper), 189-run third-wicket partnership and helped India chase down a seemingly stiff target of 270 runs. This is now the third-highest partnership for any wicket at the Kingsmead in Durban.
- Rahane, a surprise inclusion in the playing XI and batting at No. 4, scored his fifth consecutive ODI half-century (becoming only the third Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, to achieve this feat) and played just as important an innings as captain Kohli. He was out for 79 off 86 balls (5×4, 2×6).
- Virat Kohli played THE innings of the match, eclipsing Faf du Plessis’s seventh ODI century (a 112-ball 120), and just nonchalantly sealed another ODI run-chase. His 119-ball 112, punctuated by only 10 fours, was his 33rd ODI century overall, 20th in a run-chase and 18th in a successful run-chase. He deservedly won the man of the match for his innings. This was also his first ODI hundred on South African soil.
- India brought the curse of Durban to an end: having not beaten South Africa in seven previous ODI matches here, they, courtesy of a complete performance, sealed their first win in eight One-Day Internationals.
- South Africa’s 17-match winning run in ODIs at home was also brought to an end by the Virat Kohli-led India.
- Kuldeep Yadav, playing his 14th ODI, registered his best match figures, taking three for 34 in 10 overs and helping India restrict South Africa to 269/8 in 50 overs. His variations, flight and guile were just too good for South African batsmen, who normally don’t play spin well.
- Virat Kohli, captaining India for the 44th time in an ODI, registered his 34th victory. He has lost only nine matches.