Durban - After winning the toss and batting first, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy shared a 131-run fourth wicket
partnership to provide the bulk of South Africa's total of 289 for nine
in the first one-day international against India at Kingsmead on
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De Villiers hit 76 off 69 balls, while Duminy scored 73 off 89 deliveries.
they were together South Africa looked on target for a total of more
than 300, but both fell to the part-time off-spin of Rohit Sharma
instead of cashing in towards thes end of the innings.
departure from their normal tactics, South Africa took the batting
powerplay after 27 overs and it seemed to pay off as De Villiers and
Duminy added 45 runs in five overs and forced India to use some of
their better bowlers early.
But De Villiers holed out to deep
midwicket and Duminy was leg before wicket when he missed an attempted
reverse sweep, leaving South Africa without a specialist batsman for
the last eight overs.
Even so it was a challenging total on an outfield slower than usual because of rain in the days leading up to the match.
bowler Zaheer Khan took two for 44, with both his wickets coming in the
last over of the innings, while Sharma's seven overs brought him two
Hashim Amla got the South African innings off to a fast start, scoring 50 off 36 balls with eight fours.