In the first ODI in Paarl, Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van der Dussen both scored hundreds, sharing a record 204-run fourth-wicket stand. In their allotted 50 overs, Bavuma, who scored his first ODI century since 2016, and Van der Dussen guided their team to a competitive total of 296 runs for the cost of only four wickets. Following that, India was defeated by 31 runs.
KL Rahul, the team’s first ODI captain, won the toss and chose to bat first. Prior to the Bavuma-Van der Dussen display, Janneman Malan and Aiden Markram both scored single digits, while Quinton de Kock got 27.
Coming in at number four, Bavuma and Van der Dussen dominated the Indian bowling, sharing 204 runs for the fourth wicket, with the latter scoring his greatest ODI score. Jasprit Bumrah claimed two wickets for the visitors, while the rest of the bowling attack struggled.
Shikhar Dhawan, an ODI regular, made 79 runs, while Virat Kohli, the former captain, hit 51 runs in reply, but their efforts were in vain. KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer all scored less than 20 runs, while rookie Ventakesh Iyer could only muster two. Lowering down the order, Shardul Thakur hit a fifty, and the hosts appeared to be cruising to victory.
All Proteas bowlers were among the wickets, with the exception of Marco Jansen. Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, and Tabraiz Shamsi each took two wickets. Player of the Match was awarded to Van der Dussen for his second century and an undefeated 129-run inning.
- Key Points
Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen have now shared the Proteas’ third-highest fourth-wicket partnership in ODIs with 204 runs.
Kohli has also passed Rahul Dravid (1309) and Sourav Ganguly (1313) to become India’s second-highest ODI run-scorer against South Africa. Tendulkar leads the way with 2001 runs.
In Paarl, Van van Dussen recorded his third-highest ODI score (129*). In the top two, AB de Villiers (176) and Sachin Tendulkar (146) both played against Bangladesh in 2017.
In ODIs, Van van Dussen has the second-highest ODI score by a hitter batting at no. 5 or below against India. Angelo Mathews is ranked number one for his 139* score in Ranchi in 2014.
In an ODI against the Proteas in South Africa, Shardul Thakur allowed the second-highest runs (72) of any Indian batsman. In the year 2013, Mohit Sharma gave up 82 runs.
Kohli currently has the second-most 50-plus scores in the 50-overs format in South Africa (eight). With ten such scores, Dravid and Tendulkar are tied for first place.
Kohli is now the Asian batter with the second-highest number of 50-plus scores (26) against SENA teams in SENA countries. With 32 such scores, Kumar Sangakkara is in top place.
In the 50-overs format, Van van Dussen has the highest ODI average of any hitter with at least 1000 runs.
With Graeme Smith, Faf du Plessis, and Jacques Kallis, Bavuma is now tied for second place in the ODI century race versus India. As a skipper against Asian heavyweights, AB de Villiers tops the record with four hundred’s.