IND Vs RSA 1st ODI Match Report
AB Devilliers’s century gives South Africa 1-0 lead
The Freedom series moved from the shortest format of the game to the shorter format of the game, but the result continued to favour the visiting team. South Africa edged past India by 5 runs in a tense finish in Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium. For the first time, South Africa decided to set a target for India after winning the toss. The South African batsmen produced a collective effort to post a challenging total of 303 for five. During the Indian run chase, the South African bowlers provided crucial breakthroughs and halted India to 298 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs.
The entire South African innings was about having decent partnerships for every wicket. De Kock and Amla added 45 runs for the first wicket. De kock pressed for quick runs and scored 29 of 33 balls with five fours. After 8 overs of pace bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav which produced 44 runs, Dhoni turned to India’s strike bowler, Ashwin. Ashwin needed only four balls to strike with the wicket of De Kock. A flighted delivery took the outside edge of De kock and Raina claimed a low catch in the slips. Alma and DuPlessis scored 59 runs for the second wicket at a slow rate. They scored at just over four runs an over, and needed 88 balls. Amla was castled by Mishra after scoring 37 runs. By half way mark South Africa had moved to 113 for 2. DuPlessis and AB Devilliers stitched 48 runs for the third wicket. DuPlessis scored the majority of the runs as AB Devilliers took time to settle. He scored 29 of the 48 runs, which included the first six of the South African innings. The second ball of the 26th over bowled by Raina was clubbed over the deep mid wicket fence, which also brought his 50. It was in this period, Ashwin had to leave the field has he got injured when he dived and restricted AB Devilliers in taking a single of his own bowling. Umesh Yadav started his second spell with the wicket of his first ball. He dismissed DuPlessis plumb in front for 62. AB Devilliers took the initiative to hold the innings and played a captains knock. He manoeuvred to 50 in 54 balls without taking risks. We went aerial only twice to score two maximums. He was involved in two useful associations of 45 runs and 41 runs for the 4th and 5th wicket with Duminy and Miller. He started to counter attack in the last 10 overs. He needed just 19 balls to move from 50 to 104. 103 runs were scored of the last 10 overs. He along with Behardien exploited the Indian bowling in the death overs as last 29 balls went for 65 runs. The pair collectively scored 7 boundaries and four sixes in those 29 balls. Baherdien scored his first four in the 47 over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In the next over Yadav conceded three boundaries. Behardien drove one each to the cover and extra cover area, While AB Devilliers eyed the long-on fence. Bhuvneshwar bowled the 49th over which resulted in 19 runs. AB Devilliers scored sixes of the 2nd and 3rd ball of the over. The first six was hit straight over the bowler’s head and the second six cleared the long on rope. The last ball raced to boundary via the point region. In the last over Yadav, was taken for 21 runs, the highest in the innings. Baherdien scored 2 fours and a six of the first three balls and AB Devilliers finished the innings with a six over long on of the last ball. The six not only brought up his 21st ODI century and also pushed his team to a score above 300 runs.
Rohit and Dhawan responded to the run chase quite confidently. They had piled 42 runs in first 7 overs and were nearly on par with the required run rate. Dhawan perished to Morel lbw for 23. But the television replays indicated the ball missing the leg stumps. Rahane joined Rohit and the pair consolidated the innings with a massive stand for 149 runs for the 2nd wicket. Both played sensible cricket and took calculated risks in scoring the odd boundary. Rahane scored his first four,a cracking drive of Rabada through covers. Rohit was busier when compared to Rahane. In the last over of the first power play Rohit hit Morkel for two boundaries. The first four was square driven and the second one was cover driven of the next ball. He managed to club Duminy’s part time spin over long on fence to collect his first six in the 13th over. Both the players continued to rotate the strike as India moved past the 100 run mark inside 18 overs. It was in the same over Rohit reached his 50, by scoring his eight four of the innings. Rahane played the role of accumulator and Rohit played more freely which kept the check on the required run rate . From overs 21-30 the pair added 60 more runs. In this period Rahane had also moved to 50 but had consumed 67 balls. Rahane was dismissed for 60 caught by Miller at extra cover of Behardien. Kohli joined Rohit as India further needed a gettable 113 runs of 98 balls. From this point Rohit took the responsibly to score quick runs. He achieved his 100 through a boundary. A sweetly timed flick shot in the midwicket region. On the other end Kohli looked uncomfortable in his crease. Styen dismissed him for 11 of 18 balls on the last ball of the second power play leaving India 90 runs to win of the last 10 overs. Rohit went berserk in the partnership with Dhoni. He scored a rapid 42 runs in the 54 run stand. Tahir was carted over the midwicket boundary for a his fourth six in the 41 over. He had no problems against Rabada’s pace. He scored fours in the fine leg and deep square leg. Morkel was welcomed with a six of first ball in 45 over. Steyn was punished for a six which sailed beyond the square leg ropes. With four overs to go India needed 34 runs to win, which wad gettable. But Tahir struck twice in the 47th over and tilted the match in South Africa’s favour. Rohit was caught and bowled and four balls later Raina was caught by Duminy in the long on. India now banked on Dhoni’s experience to score the remaining 31 runs in the last three overs. Dhoni failed to find big shots, as the next 2 overs produced 20 runs with just a lone four scored in the fine leg side. Rabada was asked to bowl the final over with the task of defending 11 runs. He got the better of Dhoni as the first 3 balls produced four runs. With 7 to get of the last three, it was Rabada who won the game for Proteas. The young bowler dismissed Dhoni and Binny on the fourth and fifth ball to seal the match. India needed a six from Bhuvneshwar Kumar to enforce a tie, but the batsmen managed only a single and India fell short by 5 runs.
India failed to finish the game after having the game in their control and have given South Africa 1-0 lead in the 5 match series. The teams meet after two days in Indore, where South Africa will try to extend their dominance over India and India search for their first win in the series.