About the Match
South Africa welcomed India by presenting it with a harsh defeat in the 1st ODI yesterday and took 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. The 141-run defeat has come as a big shock for the visitors who were on top of their game in the past few months; but it was a superb pace attack by the home side that led to a batting collapse for the Indians. The upcoming 2nd ODI which is to be played on 8th December 2013 is crucial for team India if they want to keep their hopes alive in the ODI series.
Quinton de Kock’s superb knock of 135 runs off 121 deliveries that saw him hammer away the Indian bowlers for 18 fours and 3 sixes, helped them post 358 runs. There was considerable support from Amla and later on by Villiers who posted 77 runs off just 47 balls. Duminy kept the scoreboard ticking and posted a quick 59 runs to take the target to 358 runs with 4 wickets still in hand. The bowlers took no chance with the in-form Indian batsmen and got off to a good start by taking early wickets and toppling their top order; Steyn and McLaren finished with 3 wickets each and didn’t allow the Indians to settle at all. It was a collective team effort and the bowlers did a smashing job of getting the Indians all-out in just 41 overs. This win has charged the team up and they are positive to win the series by taking the next game too.
The Indians had no excuse for putting up such a dismal performance in the first game of the series away from home. Apart from Shami who took 3 important wickets and Kohli who succeeded to dismiss Quinton on his own, none of the other bowlers caused any damage to the South African batsmen. The openers struggled to face Steyn and others and could only put up 60 runs by the 15th over; though Kohli tried his best to build the innings, there was not much encouragement from the other side and he fell after scoring 31 runs. Dhawan, Rohit and Raina could hardly make any contribution and with 2 run-outs, the top order failed miserably. Dhoni’s heroic efforts saw him post 65 runs and with Jadeja on the other end, he posted a 50-run partnership for the 6th wicket but all in vain. The team fell short by a massive 141 runs and this defeat would have taught the players many lessons; they need to pull up their socks and apply their skills effectively.
South Africa has proved yet again why they are such a difficult team to beat especially at home; the Indians failed to rise up to the occasion and have suffered a humiliating defeat. Though team India has key resources, the South African bowlers will make it very difficult for the visitors to make a comeback; the home team looks better placed to win the 2nd match, but I think that the visitors will bounce back to level the series.
India, 2.30 @ Bet365
The South African opening pair put together a massive century stand in the first ODI. Although Indian openers failed to put up considerable score, they’ve been in fabulous form. Regardless of the team batting first, I see a solid opening stand being put up.
Fall of 1st Wicket:
28 and Over, 1.90 @ William Hill