The first game in the 50-overs format finished unsuccessfully for India. The guests weren’t able to chase the Proteas, who showed nothing except two centuries but with a moderate strike rate.
Of course, two centuries in the ODI game in one team isn’t a typical story, but Bavuma’s strike rate of almost 77 isn’t the number to enter the record books. At the same time, van der Dussen and his 129 not out with the SR of 134+ looked impressive and even scarring, considering the upcoming two ODI duels.
Although South Africa began the game slowly, the appearance of van der Dussen on the pitch just leveled up the situation. The Proteas finished with 296 runs, which isn’t the number to panic for opponents. More unfortunate for Indians was that they only took four wickets, which correlates with the scoring numbers of the deadly duo.
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Understanding that below 300 is a typical target for ODI, the Men in Blue started quite well despite the fast loss of Rahul as an opener. The middle of the Indian inning was the point to focus and grab the needed result, but the guests failed. Thus, the 25th over finished with 137 runs and only one wicket loss. However, the second half of the Indian batting finished with 265 runs and eight wickets lost.
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Of course, a 31 run victory with two centuries for South Africa sounds good. However, they didn’t show any astonishing numbers (except to van der Dussen) in either component. But India was just worse in this opening ODI clash. The next game will be played tomorrow on the same pitch in Paarl. Want to know more about cricket and don’t miss the important news? Subscribe to cricket14.in and receive the latest updates to your email.