1st ODI, Statistical highlights:
- Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli put collectively a match-defining (‘game-changing’, within the phrases of the Indian skipper), 189-run third-wicket partnership and helped India chase down a seemingly stiff goal of 270 runs. That is now the third-highest partnership for any wicket on the Kingsmead in Durban.
- Rahane, a shock inclusion within the taking part in XI and batting at No. four, scored his fifth consecutive ODI half-century (changing into solely the third Indian batsman, after Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, to attain this feat) and performed simply as essential an innings as captain Kohli. He was out for 79 off 86 balls (5×four, 2×6).
- Virat Kohli performed THE innings of the match, eclipsing Faf du Plessis’s seventh ODI century (a 112-ball 120), and simply nonchalantly sealed one other ODI run-chase. His 119-ball 112, punctuated by solely 10 fours, was his 33rd ODI century general, 20th in a run-chase and 18th in a profitable run-chase. He deservedly gained the person of the match for his innings. This was additionally his first ODI hundred on South African soil.
- India introduced the curse of Durban to an finish: having not crushed South Africa in seven earlier ODI matches right here, they, courtesy of an entire efficiency, sealed their first win in eight One-Day Internationals.
- South Africa’s 17-match profitable run in ODIs at residence was additionally delivered to an finish by the Virat Kohli-led India.
- Kuldeep Yadav, taking part in his 14th ODI, registered his greatest match figures, taking three for 34 in 10 overs and serving to India limit South Africa to 269/eight in 50 overs. His variations, flight and guile had been simply too good for South African batsmen, who usually don’t play spin properly.
- Virat Kohli, captaining India for the 44th time in an ODI, registered his 34th victory. He has misplaced solely 9 matches.