The South Africans elected to bat first after winning the toss but were restricted to 269-8 in their 50 overs after some solid work by India’s spinners.
In reply, the visitors managed to chase down the target with ease with more than four overs to spare.
We look at the good and the bad of a high-scoring ODI at Durban.
INDIA’S WRIST SPIN TWINS THROTTLE PROTEAS
Chahal accounted for de Kock and Aiden Markram in a tight spell while young Kuldeep snared the wickets of JP Duminy, David Miller and Chris Morris to rock South Africa’s middle order.
After racing away to 84-1, the hosts found themselves reeling at 134-5 by the 28th over as the wrist spinners worked their magic. In the 20 overs bowled between them, only 79 runs were scored for the loss of five wickets.
VIRAT KOHLI REMAINS THE CHASE MASTER
The Indian skipper saw his side lose both openers within the first 12 overs in a tricky run-chase but showed no signs of any nervousness on his part to steer his side with another chasing masterclass.
Kohli brought up his 33rd ODI ton and his 20th while chasing after a completely dominant display with the bat. Rarely was the 29-year-old threatened as he dealt with both pacers and spinners with equal aplomb.
He was given able company by Ajinkya Rahane as the two put on a 191-run stand to give India a comprehensive victory.
There is simply no one better than Kohli in a run-chase with the batting maestro now averaging a ton every six games while chasing.
AIDEN MARKRAM FAILS TO TAKE HIS CHANCE
Injury to AB De Villiers meant young Aiden Markram was given just his second ODI cap.
The 23-year-old has impressed in his fledgling career so far but things did not go smoothly for him at Durban.
Coming into bat at De Villier’s position at number four, Markram was slow to get off the mark as India’s wrist-spinners tightened their grip.
After nudging his way to nine runs in 20 deliveries, the scoreboard pressure told on the right-hander as he skipped out to attack Chahal.
Unfortunately for Markram, his well-timed flick on the on-side went straight into the hands of Hardik Pandya, bringing to an end his scratchy innings.
IMRAN TAHIR FAILS TO REPLICATE INDIA’S WRIST-SPIN DUO
What the Indian wrist-spinners showed in the South African innings was that slower bowlers would be difficult to get away on the track. Hence, much was expected from the experienced Imran Tahir when the Proteas came out to bowl.
However, the leg-spinner failed to really trouble India’s batsmen. Faf du Plessis would have been looking to Tahir to provide him with the crucial breakthroughs but none were forthcoming.
In the end, Tahir finished wicketless in his 10 overs and although he was not very expensive, he failed to provide South Africa with any penetration.
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