- In this match, the host South Africa team won the toss and decided to bat first.
- The hosts scored 296 for 4 in 50 overs with hundreds of Dusan and Bavuma.
- In reply, India could score only 265 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs.
South Africa may have registered a win in the first ODI against India but batsman Rassie van der Dussen believes his team was under pressure before the match. Van der Dussen and captain Temba Bavuma played a fine century in this match, followed by a strong performance by the bowlers, South Africa beat India by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
After the match, van der Dussen said that it was necessary that the way we started at the beginning of the match, we took it till the end and we were able to do that.
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He said, “It was important for me in the match to keep the momentum I had picked up and carry it forward. When I came out to bat, I knew I had to put pressure on their spinners through the swing and reverse swipe and I tried to do that.
Van der Dussen said, “In the match we got a chance to put pressure on the opposition but before the match we were also under pressure but in matches like this you have to stand strong. While batting, we knew that if we score more than 280 then the team will be in a good position.
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He said, “During India’s batting, when Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were playing, we did come under pressure at one point of time but after that we took two wickets and made it difficult for the new batsmen.
Let us tell you that in this match, the hosts South Africa, batting first after winning the toss, scored 296 runs for 4 wickets in 50 overs with the help of van der Dussen’s unbeaten 129 and captain Bavuma’s 110 runs.
In reply, the Indian team could only score 265 runs in 50 overs for the loss of 8 wickets.
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