Virat Kohli’s struck a magnificent century and was well supported by Ajinkya Rahane as India dismantled South Africa by six wickets in the first ODI at Kingsmead on Thursday (February 1).

India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could not provide the team with a solid start with the former departing after scoring 20. Dhawan and Virat Kohli then took the score past the 50-run mark but just when it looked the duo is set for a good stand, a misunderstanding saw the left-handed batsman getting run out for a well-made 35.

Dhawan was run out for 35 (Credits: BCCI)

The timely breakthrough, however, did not help the Proteas take command of the proceedings as Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane thwarted their hopes with a brilliant match-defining record stand of 189 . The duo added caution with aggression to put India on track for a comfortable chase.

At the halfway mark, India were comfortably placed at 136 for 2. Kohli soon finished his fifty while Rahane was also looking solid from the other end. The asking-rate was always under control when the two were taking the team closer to the target. Both the batsmen were looking in their elements as they sent the South Africa bowlers on a leather hunt.

Kohli reached his century off 105 balls with a four before Phehlukwayo broke the 189-run stand by dismissing Rahane for 79. Kohli was also soon dismissed after scoring 112 but by then the match’s fate was already sealed with India needing just 8 in 33 balls. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni then did the rest to take the team home comfortably.

Earlier in the day, Faf du Plessis waged a lone battle for the hosts, scoring a fine ton to guide them to a challenging 269 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs. India did not take long to prove South Africa’s decision to bat first wrong as Jasprit Bumrah drew the first blood by dismissing Hashim Amla for 16.

De Kock and Faf du Plessis then added 53 runs for the second wicket before Yuzvendra Chahal ended the dangerous-looking stand by removing the keeper-batsman for 34. The visitors then dismissed Aiden Markram (9),  JP Duminy (12) and David Miller (7) cheaply to reduce the hosts to 134 for 5 from 83 for 1.

Kuldeep and Chahal took 3 and 2 wickets respectively (Credits: BCCI)

But before India could make further inroads in the game, du Plessis and Chris Morris steadied the ship. The duo added 74 runs for the sixth before Kuldeep Yadav ended the stand by castling Morris off a full-toss.But while the wickets were falling from one end, du Plessis held firm from one end and went on to score a fine century. He was well supported by Andile Phehlukwayo towards as the duo added 58 runs for the seventh wicket. The right-handed batsman was eventually out in the final over after scoring 120 off 112 balls

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