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Virat Kohli's Clinical Batting Leads India Through First ODI Win Against South Africa In 7 Years

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| February 2 , 2018 , 13:29 IST

In wake of ruthless innings by visitors, South Africa lost the 1st One Day International of the six-match series against India at Kingsmead on Thursday. In the process of chasing the 270-run target, skipper Virat Kohli smashed a gob-smacking ton, his 33rd ODI hundred to be exact.

Kohli's praise-worthy 189-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the 3rd wicket became the highlight of the match while recording the highest third-wicket partnership at Durban. The night also marked India's first victory against South Africa since 1992-93 at the specified ground.

Rahane batted his way through his 24th ODI fifty before being dismissed by the South Africa pacer Andile Phehlukwayo in the 43rd over at 79. Kohli (112) soon followed the lead leaving the reigns to former captain MS Dhoni who then finished the match in style with ease.

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Despite starting their innings on a shaky note, the visitors were able to sustain their number one position in the ICC ODI rankings and caught up with the hosts rather gracefully. South African skipper Faf du Plessis' ninth ODI century in the first innings did shake India's spirits but not enough.

India's killer bowling line-up was crippling when Du Plessis smashed 3 consecutive boundaries on Bhuvneshwar Kumar's balls. However, the first success came our way when Chahal dismissed de Kock followed by Aiden Markram. Kuldeep Yadav also took his share of wickets by knocking Jean-Paul Duminy and David Miller.

With a target of 270, Men in Blue started on a shaky ground and dismissal of openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan didn't help either. Although, Kohli and Rahane's magnificent partnership helped them to reach the target in 45.3 overs and take the 1-0 lead in the ODI series.