Team India are starting to move in the right direction. They won the third test against South Africa and used that momentum going into the ODI Series. India cruised to a comfortable victory in the first ODI at Durban and won by 6 wickets.
Wrist Spinners Tie South Africa Down
South Africa won the toss and batted first and were making steady progress when Kohli decided to use his wrist-spinners in tandem. Y Chahal and K Yadav not only tied down the Proteas but also took key wickets to run through the middle order. The new spin twins sent down a combined 20 overs for just 79 runs and picked up 5 crucial wickets.
Captain Faf du Plessis played a captains knock and scored a magnificent 120 to lead his team to a respectable total of 269. The Proteas knew that they were about 20 to 30 runs short as the Indian batting line up has a reputation of chasing down big totals quite easily. One of the reasons they do so well chasing is because of Virat Kohli – whom former England captain Michael Vaughn has labeled the best chaser to have ever played the game.
Kohli Responds With Century Of His Own
India lost both openers pretty quickly and it was up to captain Kohli and vice-captain Rahane to build an innings and take India to victory. Kohli lived up to his reputation of being the best chaser in the game and scored another ODI ton to take India to the brink of victory. MS Dhoni and H Pandya came in and finished the game once Kohli and Rahane were dismissed.
Kohli hit 112 at a strike rate of 94 and Rahane gave him good support scoring a well-made 79 at a strike rate of 91. The partnership took India to victory and helped them go 1-0 up in the 6 match series. Kohli received the man of the match award and is eager to win the next match in Centurion and put the South Africans under pressure for the rest of the series.
In a statement, Kohli said “First match of the series is important. We wanted to take the momentum of the Test win into this and when we restricted South Africa to 270 on this sort of a pitch, we were happy.”
India will most likely retain the same team for the second ODI which takes place on Sunday – 04 Feb.