India lose to South Africa by 31 runs in first ODI, trail 0-1 in three-match series

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IND v SA: Van Dar Dusen and Bavuma centuries helped South Africa beat India by 31 runs in the first ODI

Paarl (South Africa). Contrasting centuries against Resie van der Dussen and captain Temba Bavuma and a double century partnership between the two helped South Africa take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after beating India by 31 runs in the first ODI here on Wednesday. . South Africa scored 296 for four with Van der Dussen (129 not out in 96 balls, nine fours, four sixes) and Bavuma (110 runs in 143 balls, eight fours) putting up a 204-run fourth wicket stand.

In reply, the Indian team could only manage 265 for eight despite half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (79), Virat Kohli (51) and Shardul Thakur (50 not out). Dhawan and Kohli also added 92 runs for the second wicket. As long as these two were at the crease, India’s upper hand was looking heavy, but after the early dismissal of both of them, only Shardul could bat and bat. Shardul reduced the margin of defeat by sharing an unbroken 51-run partnership with Jasprit Bumrah (14 not out).

Andile Phehlukwayo took 26 wickets, Tabrez Shamsi 52 and Lungi Ngidi took two wickets each for 64 runs for South Africa. Keshav Maharaj took one wicket for 42 runs in 10 overs while bowling economical. Chasing the target, India quickly lost the wicket of captain Lokesh Rahul (12), who was caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock off the delivery of part-time spinner Aidan Markram, who opened the bowling.

Dhawan looked in good touch from the beginning. He kept Marco Jensen on target and hit five fours in his first four overs. Kohli opened the account with a boundary off Markram and completed India’s half-century in the ninth over. Dhawan completed his half-century in just 51 balls with a run off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. Dhawan and Kohli took the team’s score to 137 runs in the 25th over. Dhawan was bowled in the 26th over by Keshav Maharaj.

The left-arm spinner’s ball pitched in the off-side spin too much and got caught in the wickets, hitting Dhawan. Dhawan hit 10 fours in his innings of 84 balls. Kohli completed his half-century in 60 balls with a run off Maharaj, but in the next over, Shamsi tried to sweep the ball, giving a simple catch to Bavuma. He hit three fours while facing 63 balls.

After the dismissal of Kohli, the Indian innings faltered and the team lost 6 wickets for 188 runs. After this, Shardul Thakur tried to get India to win with a half-century but failed. India could only score 265 runs in 50 overs for 8 wickets.

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