South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights 12 Jan 2011

India tour of South Africa, 1st ODI: South Africa v India Played at Kingsmead, Durban Jan 12, 2011 Highlights Video, Match Report and Scorecard.
A clinical performance from South Africa saw them take advantage of the Kingsmead conditions to beat India by 135 runs and go 1-0 up in the five-match one-day series against India.

South Africa v India 1st ODI Match Report
An enterprising partnership of 131 between AB de Villiers and JP Duminy provided the cornerstone for the victory, as the Proteas notched up an imposing total of 289 for nine before dismissing India for 154.

The series was billed as preparation for the World Cup, but the conditions on offer at Kingsmead could hardly have been more different to what the two sides will expect to encounter at next month's showpiece event.

South Africa's bowlers extracted some extreme bounce under lights to confirm that the toss had been a good one for the home side to win, but while there may have been an element of fortune at the coin flip so comprehensive was the victory that they deserved any plaudits that came their way.

While India went in with their usual allotment of part-time spinners, South Africa left out the much talked-about Imran Tahir as they fielded a strong quartet of seam bowlers, expecting conditions to suit the fast men.

Man of the match Lonwabo Tsotsobe (4 for 31) and Morne Morkel (2 for 12) were particularly good at exploiting the extra bounce, and the Indian batsmen, already under pressure to chase what would have been a record total at Kingsmead, found themselves constantly on the back foot.

With the outfields slow and getting slower, they were never given a chance to get forward and generate pace on the ball in an effort to find the boundary, with the result that just six fours were hit in the entire innings.

Only Virat Kohli (54) showed the capability to handle the barrage, weathering an early storm and looking to manoeuvre the ball into the gaps for singles when nothing else was possible.

With Murali Vijay trapped lbw by Dale Steyn in the first over of the chase and Sachin Tendulkar caught off the bowling of Tsotsobe soon after, India were always up against it.

Kohli shared a 52-run partnership with captain MS Dhoni (25) to keep them clinging on, but when Dhoni was run out at the non-striker's end by a deflection off the bowler it was clear that it wasn't India's day, and the innings tailed off quickly despite the efforts of Suresh Raina (32).

But while South Africa's performance in the field was complete, it was the partnership between de Villiers and Duminy which most impressed.

Hashim Amla had laid the foundation for the innings with 50 from 36 balls, taking a particular liking to Ashish Nehra (one for 61 from just six overs), but when he fell it left the Proteas on 82 for three and in need of a rebuilding job.

Instead the middle-order duo took the attack to the tourists at a time when India are usually so good at strangling the opposition with a wide variety of spin, making good use of the crease to ensure the bowlers never settled, and utilising a wide range of shots to stretch the field.

It was a braver brand of cricket than the Proteas generally display, the sort of innovation which will be crucial at the World Cup, and it was typified when they took the batting powerplay after just 27 overs. That forced Dhoni to change his bowling plans, and 45 runs were pillaged over the next five overs.

De Villiers (76 at better than a run a ball) fell in disappointing fashion soon after, pulling a short ball straight to a fielder on the boundary, while Duminy went on to notch up a slightly slower 73 before falling lbw to Rohit Sharma as he attempted a reverse sweep.

Nevertheless the hard work had been done, and Johan Botha (23) and Wayne Parnell (21 not out) made sure that the innings didn't collapse as they took the Proteas to a total which proved far too much for India.
Toss South Africa, who chose to bat
Series South Africa led the 5-match series 1-0
Player of the match LL Tsotsobe (South Africa)
South Africa won by 135 runs
South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights Video Part 1

South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights Video Part 2

South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights Video Part 3

South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights Video Part 4

South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights Video Part 5

South Africa v India 1st ODI Highlights Video Part 6

South Africa v India Scorecard

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