Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar guide India to 1-0 lead
After Shikhar Dhawan's 39-ball 72 set up India's massive first-innings total, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's five-wicket haul ensured South Africa would eventually fall short of it despite opener Reeza Hendricks's commendable batting effort (70 off 50 balls). A blitzy stand between Hendricks and Farhaan Behardien threatened to upstage India's big score, but that was spectacularly thwarted during Bhuvneshwar's final spell. South Africa lost five wickets for just 21 runs, and finished 28 short of India's total to give the visitors a 1-0 series lead.
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After winning the toss and batting first at Bay Oval, Australia seemed set for a total in excess of 250 only to collapse to 216 in the 48th over.
Opener Manjot Kalra then smashed 101 not out to lead India to the title with more than 11 overs to spare.
Kalra's superb knock came off 102 balls, with eight fours and three sixes. Harvik Desai was also unbeaten on 47.
Allround India end South Africa's unbeaten home run
Kohli and Rahane added 189 runs for the match-winning third-wicket partnership. © BCCI
When the team sheets were out after the toss, there were two major talking points concerning the Indian team. One was the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane at number four, ahead of the three middle-order specialist batsmen in the squad, and the other was the presence of two wrist spinners in overseas conditions. As much as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had been successful in India recently, question marks remained over their ability on tracks that weren't expected to be slow.
All those doubts were put to rest as the spin duo rattled the hosts in the first half of the game with Rahane starring in the second as India won comfortably by six wickets in the first ODI in Durban. In between, there was also a measured century from Virat Kohli, his first in this format in South Africa. India's win on Thursday (February 1) also ended a proud home record of 17 consecutive ODI wins for South Africa.
Highlights, India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I: India Beat Sri Lanka By 88 Runs, Clinch Series
Sri Lanka lost Niroshan Dickwella early in run chase but Kusal Perera (77) and Upul Tharanga (47) put on a century-run stand to keep the Sri Lankan hopes alive. But once Yuzvendra Chahal broke the partnership and got rid of Tharanga, the visitors never really looked like chasing down the Indian total. Chahal returned with figures of 4 for 52 while Kuldeep picked up three wickets that choked the flow of runs. At the end, Sri Lanka could only score 172 for 9 in 17.2 overs with Angelo Mathews absent hurt. Earlier, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul powered India to a massive total of 260 for 5 in 20 overs. India won the match by 88 runs and clinched the T20I series 2-0 with a match to play.