Skipper Virat Kohli Guides Team India to Comfortable Win Over Proteas


Du Plessis scored a majestic 120 (112), which was studded with 11 fours and 2 sixes.

Earlier, Du Plessis first had to bring some stability to the South African innings before setting a target that gave the Proteas a chance.

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. In ODIs, he has proved himself nearly all over the world and in big tournaments, and South Africa is a blip he will be keen to correct.

Bhuvaneshwar and Bumrah were spot on with their variations while spinner Chahal and Yadav chipped in wickets at crucial juncture of the innings to put South Africa on the back foot.

Kohli and Rahane shared 189 runs for the third wicket which is the third-highest for any wicket against South Africa. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan returned to the playing XI, along with Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4.

In an Instagram post, Du Plessis wrote: "Thanx [sic] for all the kind messages". Markram, 23, will bat at number four for de Villiers who has been ruled out of the first three ODIs due to a finger injury.

Quinton de Kock
Skipper Virat Kohli Guides Team India to Comfortable Win Over Proteas

After the culmination of the Test Series, India and South Africa locked horns in the ODI opener at Durban last night. But a resolute du Plessis, who had gone past fifty by then, started to rebuild with Chris Morris for company.

Indian captain Virat Kohli survived an injury scare during the opening One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa.

Indian spin bowlers were right on top in Durban.

The runs came thick and fast for the Proteas as both de Kock and du Plessis hit three more boundaries in the 14th over bowled by Hardik Pandya (0-41). Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a mini-collapse in the middle-overs before the hosts, led by skipper Faf du Plessis, restored parity, "Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] and [Jasprit] Bumrah - we bank on them".

India's two wrist spinners did the damage with the ball, taking five of the eight South Africa wickets to fall.

Khaya Zondo was the sole specialist batsman outside the playing side on Thursday, and it will be interesting to see if he is jumped in the order by Behardien, or the selectors hand him his long awaited global debut.