#India began the second leg of their South Africa #Cricket tour with s six-match ODI series. After a good fightback and victory in the third test, a rejuvenated Indian team under Captain Kohli took on South Africa in the first ODI at Kingsmead at Durban. The result was a shocker for SA who had never lost to India in six earlier matches played at this venue. It was seventh time lucky, as India beat the Proteas by six wickets. Outlook India, has reported that Virat Kohli with his 33rd ODI century led from the front with a great inning to bring victory.

The match

Faf Du Plessis the South African, won the toss and elected to bat.

Somehow the SA innings did not move forward as desired and in the crucial middle overs, the Indian wrist spinners led by Kuldip Yadav put the brakes on the home team. The South Africans later recovered and posted a score of 268. Du Plessis hit his 9th ODI century.As the home team had never lost to India at Durban in six earlier ODI, an SA victory appeared most likely.

India began the run chase and was off to a quick start but lost two wickets with Dhawan being needlessly run out. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane now came together and got going with a massive century stand that snuffed out any chance of a South African win. Kohli, in particular, played splendidly as he notched up his 33rd ODI century with a classy knock of 112. Rahane also batted well with an innings of 81. Both players got out when India was within sight of victory and it was left to the old warhorse, MS Dhoni to bring victory with a pull shot for four.

Victory

The victory has put the home team on the back foot as their pace bowlers failed to fire and the two Indian wrist spinners Chahal and Yadav justified the faith of the Indian team management by bowling well in their first overseas match. In contrast, the home spinner Tahir could not do much.

Credit for the victory must go to Virat Kohli. Sunil Gavaskar the old time Indian legend who is a commentator on this tour gave full marks to Kohli and his century. He opined that Kohli is the best batsman in the world and the home team has their work cut out in trying to contain Kohli in the remaining matches.For the record, Kohli hit 112 in his authoritative style.

Future

This is a six-match series to be followed by T-20 series. The tour has generated tremendous interest as its a clash between the two best teams in world cricket. The South Africans are formidable opponents and the Indian team will have to beware of a backlash in the coming matches.