Proteas clinch second highest win against India in 1st ODI

2013-12-05 21:59

South Africa: 358/4 (Quinton de Kock 135, AB de Villiers 77, Hashim Amla 65, JP Duminy 59* Mohammad Shami 3/68) beat India: (MS Dhoni 65, Virat Kohli 31, Ravindra Jadeja 29, Dale Steyn 3/25, Ryan McLaren 3/49) by 141 runs

A calculated late-order blitz by JP Duminy and AB de Villiers propelled the Proteas to their second highest win against India in the first ODI today.

While South Africa’s improved effort in the middle order deserves praise, it would not have been possible without the solid platform laid by Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla. Their 152-run alliance was the Proteas’ first 100-run opening partnership since Loots Bosman and Hashim Amla put together 113 against India in Ahmedabad.

The Proteas went about their business in a workmanlike fashion, making sure that no early wickets were lost. Oddly, it was the younger De Kock who found fluency quickly but Amla always seemed to find a shot that reminded the crowd of his class. After scratching his way to a 73-ball 50, Amla was the first to go, chopping a Mohammed Shami ball onto his stumps.

Kallis showed flashes of brilliance but only lasted 14 balls for his 10 runs before he chipped Shami tamely to Ravindra Jadeja at cover. It heralded the entrance of De Villiers, who took charge with a 38-ball 50. His belligerence allowed De Kock to quietly motor to a 101-ball century with minimum fuss before he became Virat Kohli’s first victim.

De Kock’s effort was the highest individual score by a South African batsman against India. If India thought they were off the hook, Duminy partnered De Villiers, with their sparkling 104-run stand made off only 46 balls. It knocked the stuffing from India’s bowlers.

It included the leaking of 84 runs off the last five overs as the Indian death bowling was again exposed. The last 10 overs realised 135 runs for the loss of one wicket.

India didn’t have that kind of start, with the explosive Shikhar Dhawan falling early to Morne Morkel.

Dale Steyn gave Rohit Sharma a searching examination by way of pace and swing and it took the opener 16 balls to get off the mark. Kohli got a life on two when De Kock shelled a simple catch but the feisty number three did not make his life count, falling to Ryan McLaren in the 14th over to leave India at 60/2.

His dismissal led to two quick but important wickets as Yuvraj Singh and Sharma fell in quick succession to leave India tottering at 65/4 in the 16th over. Despite Dhoni’s resistance late in the innings with a 53-ball 50, there were no serious partnerships to trouble the Proteas.

Their chasing goose was well and truly cooked.

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