SA vs IND 1st ODI: Proteas draw first blood
South Africa came out all guns blazing at Johannesburg as they dished out a harsh welcome to India, beating them by a whopping 141-run margin in the 1st ODI on Thursday to go 1-0 up in the series.
To start with, MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl under good conditions, ruling out the dew factor for the bowlers. However, barring Mohammad Shami (3/68), no other bowler seemed to trouble the South African openers who were cruising right from the beginning. Hashim Amla (65) and Quinton De Kock (135) put up a mammoth 152-run stand, before Shami finally ended Amla's scratchy innings and got the much needed breakthrough. He followed it up with another wicket, that of Jacques Kallis (10).
Captain AB de Villiers walked in, only to humiliate the Indian bowlers further. His 47-ball 77 included 6 fours and 4 sixes that boosted the South African innings. Dhoni then handed the ball to part-timer Virat Kohli (1/15) who dismissed the set de Kock with a return catch and South Africa were 247-3 in the 42nd over. JP Duminy set the stage on fire with his 29-ball 59, striking 5 huge sixes to add 105 runs for the 4th wicket with de Villiers. The duo took South Africa to 358/4 at the end of 50 overs.
Chasing 359, the Indian openers were in for some chin music from Dale Steyn who looked in supreme touch as he started his spell with a couple of maidens to Rohit Sharma. There was plenty of seam on offer, the ball kept swinging and bouncing and the Protea bowlers made the most of it. Shikhar Dhawan (12) looked slightly comfortable, but he would soon top-edge a Morne Morkel delivery to get out. Virat Kohli (31) started off briskly, but edged one to slips; followed by Yuvraj Singh (0) who was castled by Ryan McLaren (3/49) on a fuller delivery. Sharma (18) was run-out by Miller and India were in deep trouble at 65/4 in the 16th over.
Suresh Raina (14) looked rusty from the start, and he was eventually run-out by a direct hit from Steyn. Half-centurion MS Dhoni (65) was the lone warrior in a battlefield of injured soldiers, but he soon ran out of partners at other end as India collapsed for 217 in just 41 overs.
South Africa have already taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series and they would want to continue their momentum in the 2nd ODI at Durban on Sunday.