Cape Town - Kagiso
Rabada added another chapter to his flourishing young career when he defended
11 runs in the final over against one of the finest finishers in the game to
enable the Proteas to beat India in the first of five ODIs by 5
runs at Kanpur on Sunday.
As it happened: India v South Africa, 1st ODI
It says a
great deal about Rabada that his captain, AB de Villiers entrusted him to bowl
two of the last four overs in a pressure cooker atmosphere. But the youngster
was equal to the occasion and, after conceding 4 runs off his first three
balls, dismissed MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny with successive deliveries to have a
chance of his second career hat trick.
India with only tail-enders at the crease and he conceded only a single off his
final delivery which India needed to hit for 6 to tie the match.
was the hero of the moment an equally key part of the match came in the 16th
over when Imran Tahir took 2 wickets for 4 runs including Rohit Sharma for 150
(133 balls, 13 fours and 6 sixes). Up to that stage the Proteas looked out of
the match following the partnership of 149 for the second wicket in 26.1 overs
between Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (60 off h2 balls, 5 fours). It was twice the
size of any other partnership in the match and left India needing a very
comfortable 113 off 98 balls with 8 wickets in hand.
innings was the second highest for India against South Africa, being beaten
only by Sachin Tendulkar’s double century at Gwalior in 2010, and one had to
feel desperately sorry for the opening batsman who has made two centuries in
his last three innings against South Africa but has been on the losing side on
and Imran, together with Dale Steyn who left Rabada with a reasonable total to
defend in the last over, were the stars of the pulsating finish, the victory
owed a great deal to the top-order batting and specifically De Villiers, who
achieved three landmarks with his century (104 not out off 73 balls, 5 fours
and 6 sixes). It was his 21st ODI century and thus became joint
South African record holder together with Hashim Amla and Herschelle Gibbs; he
completed 1 000 ODI runs against India; and joined Gary Kirsten in scoring
4 ODI centuries against India.
order batting was very solid with successive partnerships of 45, 59 and 48 for
the first three wickets before De Villiers and Farhaan Behardien took off with
their unbroken 65 off 4.5 overs for the sixth wicket that enabled them to go
contribution was 35 off 19 balls (5 fours and a six) as he continued to confirm
that he is one of the best finishers in the South African line-up.
hampered by the injury to their key bowler, Ravi Ashwin, who was only able to
bowl 4.4 overs, leaving Dhoni to find extra overs from his fifth and sixth
was named Man of the Match but the Proteas will be happy that a lot of players
contributed to this team performance.
ODI takes place at Indore on Wednesday.