Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship with a 189-run partnership, during which Kohli surpassed his hundred and Rahane his fifty.
– In the third bowl of the seventh over, Jasprit Bumrah sent Hashim Amla back to the pavilion. A replacement captain for the rest of the limited-overs’ schedule against India will be named on Saturday, just 24 hours before the second ODI here.
The much-improved India over the years especially in the bowling department will be eyeing to improve their ODI record in South Africa as well wherein they conquered the Host just for five times out of previous 28 One Day Internationals (ODIs).
Kohli offered one half-chance early on when a diving du Plessis at slip got only fingertips to an edge. Kohli supported by Ajinkya Rahane scored 112, while Rahane scored a courageous 79.
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat. Kuldeep Yadav also took his share of wickets by knocking Jean-Paul Duminy and David Miller. Leg-spinner Chahal took two for 45 and left-arm wrist spinner Yadav took three for 45 and kept tight control during the middle overs.
After the match he said, “We didn’t bat well. If we had got 60-70 more, it would have been easier for our bowlers”, he said.
Faf du Plessis (120) signalled his intention with hat-trick of boundaries in the ninth over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-71) as South Africa ended the first powerplay with a score of 49 for one.
He said, “Bhuvi and Bumrah, we bank on them”. Morris (37) also played some big shots to bolster the home team’s innings.
Facing huge loss in Test series, Indian cricket team’s position in Test ranking dropped and Indian audience disappointed with the performance of players in overseas.
According to a Cricket South Africa (CSA) release, the captain for the remaining ODIs will be named on Saturday.
Kohli, who was named Man of the Match, was thrilled to have started the six-match series on the right foot, and said: “Yeah it was quite special”.