Ind vs SA, 1st ODI – Miller & Klaasen Fueled South Africa to Set a Target of 250 for India
- Toss got delayed due to heavy rain in Lucknow, and the match was reduced to 40 overs.
- India won the match and invited South Africa to bat first.
- While it will be a 40-overs-per-side game, the first power play will be 8 overs.
- Miller and Klaasen scored 75 and 74 runs, respectively, and took South Africa to 249 runs in 40 overs.
Rain at the Lucknow venue, Ekana Cricket Stadium, has delayed the start of the first One-Day International between India and South Africa. The match has been altered to a 40-over format. The first power play lasted 8 overs even though the game consisted of 40 overs per side.
India skipper Shikhar Dhawan has won the toss and opted to bowl first against South Africa in Lucknow.
India Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson (w), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan
South Africa Playing XI: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (w), Temba Bavuma (c), Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan started for South Africa. Janneman took the strike while Mohammad Siraj bowled the first over. Mohammed Siraj and Avesh Khan, two Indian bowlers, have had bad luck thus far. Although the Indian pacers got off to a strong start by bowling tight lines, they were unfortunate not to take any wickets during the allotted 8-over powerplay. South Africa reached 49 runs in 12 overs with the partnership of Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan without losing a wicket.
After 12 overs, India got their first successful and most important wicket. Shardul Thakur has dismissed Janneman Malan. The batter wanted to go over Shreyas Iyer at mid-wicket but lost his wicket. He departed after scoring 22 runs off 42 balls.
Kuldeep Yadav quickly removed Aiden Markram after Shardul Thakur dismissed Janneman Malan and Temba Bavuma.
Quinton de Kock was on fire, hitting successful boundaries. But, when he was just 2 runs away from hitting a half-century, he was trapped in front of the stumps and lost his wicket in 22.2 overs. That big fish for the ODI debutant went into Ravi Bishnoi’s account.
After losing 4 wickets, David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen’s partnership became the game changer for team South Africa. Both players hit their half-centuries in the 35th over and brought up the mindblowing 100-run stand together. Miller raised his 18th ODI fifty, whereas it was the 4th ODI fifty of Klaasen. David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen nailed it and took South Africa to 249 runs in 40 overs.
After the South Africa inning, it seems India needs a lot of homework in their fielding.
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