India, at the back of a comprehensive win at the Wanderers scripted another convincing 6-wicket win at Durban and ended their 7-match winless streak to go 1-0 up in the 6 match ODI series. After electing to bat on a browny surface with the surface expecting to quicken up under lights, the South African batsmen made a steady 30 run opening stand before Bumrah trapped Amla in front.
DeKock, not in the best of form in tests, looked uncomfortable before the leggie Chahal had him in his kitty.That followed a series of errors in the South African batting as the wickets fell at regular intervals, both the Chahal and Kuldeep being the architects of a disciplined bowling performance from them to leave the hosts rattling at 134-5.
Just when things appeared to be in control for India, Morris and Plessis stitched a 74 run stand that brought South Africans back into the game and in the end, they finished at 269-8, a target that was challenging considering the bowling attack and conditions.
Faf scored a captain’s knock of 120 and he was the only batsman to look comfortable in the crease.
Faf’s speciality was his ability to split the fields and constantly rotating the strike, keeping the Indian bowling under check.
He, though, limped twice during his innings but nevertheless carried and posted his team to a competitive total.
India, in search of a solid yet counterattacking No.4 slot seemed to have found the answer in Ajinkya Rahane, who made a valuable 79 to boost his credentials ahead of the 2019 World cup.
He, along with skipper Kohli had a 189 run partnership that kept South Africa out of the game after the Dhawan run out placed India at 67-2.
Kohli also completed his 33rd ODI century in this process and has proved once again that he is the master when it comes to chasing.
South Africa then dismissed both Kohli and Rahane but the match was already in the bag.
With 5 more matches to go, it’s early to say Rahane is the No.4 batsman but as time goes, the think-tank will surely find the answer.