Kohli-Rahane seal easy victory in series opener
The six match ODI series between South Africa and India have kicked off today and the first ODI it was more like a battle between the captains than the two two teams. On the captain’s day, Virat Kohli has beaten Faf du Plessis and as well as South Africa.
South Africa elected to bat first after winning the toss and they started off well despite losing Hashim Amla early. When skipper Faf du Plesis was looking rock solid at one end, wickets were tumbling at the other end.
After losing some quick wickets, South Africa was in spot of bother before Chris Morris and du Plessis finally built a partnership. Courtesy of du Plessis’ 9th ODI hundred, South Africa posted a fighting score of 269 runs in a batting paradise. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal were the pick of the bowlers for India and they picked 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively.
In reply to South Africa’s 269, India lost Rohit Sharma early and when the other opener Shikhar Dhawan was looking to score big, he was run out due to his captain. But Kohli didn’t fail to rectify his mistake and make sure he take his team over the line.
With the support of Ajinkya Rahane, he took India to a position where the target looked like nothing for the men in blue. Though both the batsman departed in the end, it was still a comfortable victory for India by six wickets. Kohli’s 112 was yet another a knock remember a long time for the cricket fans all over the world.
SA 269/8 (50 ov) | du Plessis 120 (112) | Chahal 2/45, Kuldeep 3/34
IND 270/4 (45.3 ov) | Kohli 112 (119), Rahane 79 (86) | Morkel 1/35
Result: India won by 6 wickets