India vs South Africa 1st ODI: Kohli’s ton and Rahane’s sensible half century helps India to six-wicket win in Durban

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Colombo: India's Virat Kohli plays a shot against Sri Lanka during the 4th ODI match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI8_31_2017_000176A) *** Local Caption ***

Indian captain Virat Kohli (112) scored his 33rd ODI century, an extremely imperative and special one, which led Indian team to a vigorous six-wicket victory that not only helped them lead in the six-match ODI series but also gave a much-needed boost to team India as it was the first win against South Africa at Kingsmead after six losses.

However, Ajinkya Rahane’s dependable innings helped India in winning the ODI match easily. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shocked the middle order to leave the Proteas fluctuating before skipper Faf du Plessis, with support from Chris Morris and Andile Phelukwayo, which helped the South African team to reach 269. The South African captain Faf du Plessis (120) made his ninth ODI century. The Indian team started well at the time of chasing before Rohit Sharma misjudged a pull to be caught. Following this, Shikhar Dhawan was run out to a direct hit by Aiden Markram off a Virat Kohli call. However, Rahane (79) came at fourth for batting and the skipper took the match towards the finish line.

Both Kohli and Rahane played smartly and the match easily India took from the hands of South Africa. The South African team was struggling at 134/5 but du Plessis’ innings of 120 runs change the scenario for the hosting team. The Indian team, after all, simply played amazingly good on Thursday night with Kohli’s ton, Rahane’s dependable innings, Yadav and Chahal’s spectacular bowling.

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