Bavuma, Van der Dussen tons help South Africa beat India

Published January 20, 2022
South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen is seen in action during an ODI match against India at Boland Park, Paarl on Wednesday. — Reuters
South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen is seen in action during an ODI match against India at Boland Park, Paarl on Wednesday. — Reuters

PAARL: Captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen scored centuries and shared a partnership of 204 as hosts South Africa beat India by 31 runs in the first One-day International on Wednesday.**

The home side elected to bat and posted 296 for four in their 50 overs, with Bavuma’s 110 from 143 balls the anchor to go with an unbeaten 129 not out off 96 from Van der Dussen, who scored his maiden ODI ton.

India started well as opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 79 from 84 balls and former captain Virat Kohli 51 from 63, but when they were dismissed the touring side struggled to keep up with the required run-rate and finished on 265 for eight.

Shardul Thakur provided resistance with an unbeaten 50 from 43 balls, but many of the Indian batsmen struggled for fluency on the slow wicket.

Andile Phehlukwayo (2-26) was the pick of the home attack and claimed the key wicket of Rishabh Pant (16), but Tabraiz Shamsi (2-52) and Lungi Ngidi (2-64) also played their part.

“It was a nice game actually. There was so much to learn,” new India captain K.L. Rahul said at the post-match presentation. “We started off well but couldn’t get wickets in the middle [of the South African innings].

“And then when we batted, our middle order couldn’t get going. I thought we would chase it down quite easily but the South Africans came back well.”

The home side’s innings was shaped by Bavuma, who was patient from the start after they were in trouble at 68-3 in the 18th over.

His stunning partnership from 183 balls with Van der Dussen, who was the aggressor with nine fours and four sixes, laid the platform for their above-par score.

They were particularly impressive in negating the Indian spinners, with seamer Jasprit Bumrah (2-48) the pick of the tourists attack.

“We played close to the perfect game. We can take a lot of confidence from what we did out there,” Bavuma said. “The partnership [with Van der Dussen] was probably the decider.”

The second match in the series will be played at the same venue on Friday, with the third and final one in Cape Town on Sunday. The results do not count towards the Cricket World Cup Super League.

Scoreboard

SOUTH AFRICA:

Q. de Kock b Ashwin 27

J. Malan c Pant b Bumrah 6

T. Bavuma c Rahul b Bumrah 110

A. Markram run out (V. Iyer) 4

H. van der Dussen not out 129

D. Miller not out 2

EXTRAS: (LB-6, NB-3, W-9) 18

TOTAL (for four wickets, 50 overs) 296

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-19 (Malan), 2-58 (De Kock), 3-68 (Markram), 4-272 (Bavuma)

DID NOT BAT: A. Phehlukwayo, M. Jansen, K. Maharaj, L. Ngidi, T. Shamsi.

BOWLING: Bumrah 10-0-48-2 (1w), Kumar 10-0-64-0 (4w), Thakur 10-1-72-0 (3nb, 2w), Ashwin 10-0-53-1 (2w), Chahal 10-0-53-0.

INDIA:

K. Rahul c De Kock b Markram 12

S. Dhawan b Maharaj 79

V. Kohli c Bavuma b Shamsi 51

R. Pant st De Kock b Phehlukwayo 16

S. Iyer c De Kock b Ngidi 17

V. Iyer c Van der Dussen b Ngidi 2

R. Ashwin b Phehlukwayo 7

S. Thakur not out 50

B. Kumar c Bavuma b Shamsi 4

J. Bumrah not out 14

EXTRAS (B-2, W-11) 13

TOTAL (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 265

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-46 (Rahul), 2-138 (Dhawan), 3-152 (Kohli), 4-181 (S.Iyer), 5-182 (Pant), 6-188 (V. Iyer), 7-199 (Ashwin), 8-214 (Kumar).

DID NOT BAT: Y. Chahal.

BOWLING: Markram 6-0-30-1 (1w), Jansen 9-0-49-0 (1w), Maharaj 10-0-42-1 (1w), Ngidi 10-0-64-2 (4w), Shamsi 10-1-52-2 (3w), Phehlukwayo 5-0-26-2 (1w).

RESULT: South Africa won by 31 runs.

SERIES: South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0.

UMPIRES: Marais Erasmus and Allahudien Paleker (both South Africa).

TV UMPIRE: Adrian Holdstock (South Africa).

MATCH REFEREE: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe).

Published in Dawn, January 20th, 2022

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