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Kohli shows form

Reuters
Saturday, February 03, 2018

DURBAN - Captain Virat Kohli struck a stylish century to lead India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over South Africa in the first one-day international yesterday and end the hosts' 17-match winning streak on home soil.

India amassed 270-4 to reach their target with 27 balls to spare at Kingsmead after South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss, scored 120 of his side's 269-8.

A record 189-run third-wicket partnership between Kohli, who made 112, and Ajinkya Rahane (79) set up India's victory at the start of the six-match series.

Kohli reached his 33rd ODI ton off 105 balls while Rahane's flamboyant knock came off 86 balls.

Their partnership was the highest for the third wicket in an ODI at the Durban venue, beating a two decade-old mark held by Pakistan, and ensured India eased to victory with wickets and overs to spare.

Du Plessis carried his side as his team mates were strangled by India's wrist spinners, slumping to 134-5 with Kuldeep Yadav the pick of the bunch as he finished with figures of 3-34 in an economical 10-over spell.

The second game of the series is at Centurion in Pretoria on Monday. South Africa top the International Cricket Council's ODI team rankings with India second.








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