South Africa vs India

Match info: South Africa v India ODI Series 2013 at New Wanderers Stadium - 1st ODI

Date: 5th Dec 2013 Umpires: A T Holdstock and R K Illingworth

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

South Africa

358/4 (50.0 Overs)



217 All out (41.0 Overs)

South Africa win by 141 runs

  • Last Updated: December 5 2013, 19:50 GMT

Quinton de Kock's superb century propelled South Africa to a crushing 141-run victory over India in the first one-day international in Johannesburg.

Quinton De Kock celebrates reaching his century.
Quinton De Kock celebrates reaching his century.

De Kock's innings of 135 off 121 balls was the star turn in a fantastic all-round batting performance as Hashim Amla, captain AB De Villiers and JP Duminy also contributed half-centuries to help South Africa, who were wearing an all-pink kit to raise awareness for breast cancer, to an imposing 358 for four.

De Villiers (77) and Duminy (59 not out) were particularly explosive towards the end of the South Africa innings and the total proved beyond India, who were all out for 217 with only captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni offering any resistance with a spirited 65.

Dhoni may have been ruing his decision to field first after his ineffective bowlers conceded 135 runs in the final 10 overs and exactly 100 in the last seven, although it was De Kock and Amla that set the platform for De Villiers and Duminy's late joint blitz with a 152-run opening partnership.

The two batsmen took their side to 53 without loss after nine overs and although their progress stagnated for a while, De Kock shook off the shackles with back-to-back boundaries off India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, then brought up his 50 with a single off the same bowler.

Only when Mohammad Shami (three for 68) picked up the wickets of Amla and Jacques Kallis in a batting powerplay, taken early at the start of the 29th over, did it appear that the tourists might take any control.

Amla tamely chopped on after he and De Kock had effortlessly ticked over the score at five an over before Kallis drove straight into the hands of Ravindra Jadeja at cover for 10.

De Kock ensured that was only a blip, however, as he brought up his century from 101 balls at the end of the 34th over before stepping up another gear.

A desperate Dhoni turned to Virat Kohli's part-timers to sneak a breakthrough and it worked. De Kock sweetly struck Kohli over mid-wicket from his fourth ball but sent the next back into his hands.

It hardly proved a relief for India, though, as De Villiers and Duminy pulverised yet more ineffective death bowling.

They combined to take 100 from the final seven overs as every India bowler came in for heavy punishment.

Mohit Sharma took the worst of it, the 49th over costing him 23 runs en route to figures of none for 82, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded a hat-trick of sixes in his final over.

India were under pressure in their chase from the start, with Dale Steyn bowling two maidens before Rohit Sharma eventually got off the mark in the fifth over, while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan perished after skying Morne Morkel's first ball straight into the air before being caught by De Kock.

Kohli was given a let-off when he edged another lifter off Morkel behind, but De Kock missed a routine catch.

It would not cost the hosts dear as India lost three wickets in the space of seven balls, with Ryan McLaren having Kohli caught at first slip before clean bowling Yuvraj Singh two deliveries later.

The tourists were in complete disarray as Rohit was run out after David Miller reacted quickly at short cover and engineered a direct hit, which left the batsman out of his ground.

Suresh Raina and Dhoni attempted to rebuild before the former was short of his ground following Steyn's throw from deep square-leg to be run out for 14.

Dhoni and Jadeja put on 50 for the sixth wicket but by the time the latter was bowled through the gate by Kallis in the 30th over, any hopes of an India victory looked forlorn.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the next to go as he became McLaren's third victim, while Steyn returned to the attack to take three late wickets to complete a comprehensive win for the Proteas.

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