The Proteas have defeated India by 31-runs in the first of three One Day Internationals at Boland Park in Paarl. Initially, it seemed like 296 would be too low a score to defend. However, the South Africans saw it through.

Poor start, great recovery

Temba Bavuma won the toss this morning and opted to have a bat. Openers Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan’s started well, but the latter was back in the change room 5-overs in. Quinny looked solid in his first match since returning from family commitments. Unfortunately, the former captain couldn’t build on the good start and bowled clean for 27.

Although Aiden Markram’s stay at the crease was also short-lived, Captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen pulled things back in the Proteas favour. The two notched up a ridiculous partnership of 204 to help set the visitors a target of 297.

Both Captain Bavuma and Van der Dussen registered just their second ODI century. And while Bavuma fell a couple of runs shy of a career-best total, Rassie’s unbeaten 129 saw his average move up to 73.6. The highest out of all One Day Internation players.

Indian optimism before the demise

India’s chase started off brilliantly. For a moment there was doubt that the Proteas would even be competitive in this series. The wicket of KL Rahul brought back some form of belief. However, the bowling was still mediocre and wasn’t testing India.

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were comfortably knocking the Proteas about for almost 20-overs. The two logged a combined 92-runs before Keshav Maharaj rattled Dhawan’s stumps.

Kohli then tried to just chip away at the score. That was until the former Captain chipped a Tabraiz Shamsi delivery straight to Temba Bavuma. His score of 51 took him past Sachin Tendulkar for most runs in ODI’s in matches away from home.

Andile Phehlukwayo was the first paceman to strike, removing Rishabh Pant for 16. That wicket signalled the beginning of the end for the visitors, with the Indian team adding just 82 more runs before the overs ran out.

South Africa now has a 1-0 lead heading into the second ODI on Friday in Paarl, once again.

SA – 296-4 (50) ǁ Rassie vd Dussen – 129* (96) ǁ Jasprit Bumrah – 2/48 (10)

IND – 265-8 (50) ǁ Shikhar Dhawan – 79 (84) ǁ Tabraiz Shamsi – 2/52 (10)

 

It’s another low-scoring thriller, which has been the trend in this 3-match Test series between the Proteas and India. And, after all that cricket South Africa, who are the number six ranked test team ICC’s Test rankings, are just 111-runs from winning a series against the top-ranked test playing country in the world.

It has been a proper day of Test Cricket for both nations, with the match swinging constantly. The Proteas started the day as favourites. Especially after they had India down four wickets with just 58-runs on the scoreboard.

Pant and Virat Show

Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant then almost took the game out of the South Africans hands by forming a massive 94-run partnership. That brought about a hush over Newlands, which was only broken when Kohli was sent packing. Lungi Ngidi the man responsible for the turnaround with a massive spell. A spell that brought about two more wickets.Pant loses grip of his bat while playing a shot

While Pant managed to get to a 4th career century, he ran out of partners. It saw him end his innings unbeaten on 100. The rest of the Indian batters, except for Kohli, left a lot to be desired. India all-out for 198, with the Proteas chasing 211 for victory.

A positive start

The South Africans chase is well and truly underway. Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen formed a solid partnership (78).

Elgar survives a LBW dismissal

Elgar did survive an early shout for LBW. Though he was given out, the captain asked the 3rd umpire to have a check. Hawke eye revealed that the ball would’ve missed the leg-stump completely.

The South African captain could, unfortunately not see the day through, as he lost his wicket with the final delivery of the day. That means the fate of the series now rests on Keegan Petersen’s shoulders.

Match Situation

At Stumps, South Africa are on 101 for 2 (29.4) and need another 111-runs for victory.

Petersen – 48* (61)

Elgar – 30 (96)

Jasprit Bumrah – 1/29 (9.4)

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After two full days of cricket at Six Gun Grill Newlands, the match between the Proteas and India is amazingly still hanging in the balance. It was arguably a lot harder to bat today, with the pitch speeding up tremendously from yesterday.

Day 2 started horribly for South Africa. Paceman Jasprit Bumrah knocked over Aiden Markram with just the second delivery of the match.

Opportunities running out for Aiden

The 27-year old Markram is now under huge pressure to score some runs in the next innings. If he can’t, he could find himself dropped from the South African squad. The opener has only accumulated a measly 60-runs across his 5 innings batted. Even night-watchman, Keshav Maharaj has contributed 66-runs in 4 innings.

A bright future
Keegan Petersen playing a sweep shot
Source – @OfficialCSA Twitter

The shining light for the South Africans has most definitely been Keegan Petersen. The man from Paarl has been playing beside himself and solidified his spot in the Test squad for the next series’ to come. It’s been an absolute joy watching him bat. He plays with confidence, maturity and pure class, raking in 194-runs this series.

The 28-year old Petersen is responsible for keeping South Africa in the game today. The rest of the Protea batters played themselves in but were unable to capitalize.

Ultimately the Proteas fell 13-runs short of India’s first innings total of 223.

Indias woes

India has meanwhile made it through 17-overs this evening in their second innings, but lost both their openers in quick succession. Kagiso Rabada first sent Mayank Agarwal packing for 7, while Marco Jansen got rid of KL Rahul 6-balls later after adding just 10 runs to the total.

The situation

At stumps, India are 57 for 2 (17), and lead the Proteas by 70 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara – 9* (31)

Virat Kohli – 14* (39)

Marco Jansen – 1/7 (5)

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