India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli says Durban win will give side momentum in the remainder of series

India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday said that the six-wicket victory in the first one-dayer against South Africa will give his side the momentum in the remainder of the six-match series.

PTI, Feb,02 2018

Durban: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday said that the six-wicket victory in the first one-dayer against South Africa will give his side the momentum in the remainder of the six-match series.

"First match of the series is important. We wanted to take the momentum of the (third) Test win into this and when we restricted South Africa to 270 on this sort of a pitch, we were happy," Kohli, who hit 112 of 119 balls for his first ODI hundred in South Africa, said after the match.

India captain Virat Kohli in action during the 1st ODI against South Africa. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCI

India captain Virat Kohli in action during the 1st ODI against South Africa. Image courtesy: Twitter @BCCI

Asked about his first hundred on South African soil, he simply said "Yeah it was quite special".

He said he was very happy for Ajinkya Rahane who scored 79 of 86 balls batting at number four and shared with him 189 runs for the third wicket.

"Jinx (Rahane) is a top class player. We understood fast bowling was going to be a big factor in this tour. He was superb, he took on the fast bowlers," said Kohli who was adjudged 'Man of the Match'.

On the performance of his bowlers, Kohli said, "Bhuvi and Bumrah, we bank on them. Picking up one or two wickets in the top ten is what we wanted to do.

"And then the two wrist spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal), outstanding bowling by both of them. They are working wonderfully for the team. They're playing in South Africa for the first time. They were very brave, they were throwing it up and that's why they got wickets.

"As a captain, it's outstanding when you have two guys who know what they want to do."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he was disappointed for his side's batting show.

"Definitely, we did not score enough, we did not bat well enough. I reckon we were about 50-60-70 runs short. Chris had a good partnership but as a batting unit we were disappointed," he said.

"When you're chasing five runs an over here, it's pretty easy. We tried everything with field placements and tactics but Virat and Rahane played very well."

Asked if he had suffered any injury while fielding, du Plessis said, "Just a few battle scars. Just went upstairs to get the fingers checked. One-day cricket the intensity is a lot higher. Happy to go through the game. Feeling strong."

Published Date: Feb 02, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2345 123
3 India 3385 121
4 New Zealand 2878 120
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112