South Africa beat India by 31 runs in first ODI, Virat Kohli shines with bat


South Africa on Wednesday defeated India by 31 runs in the first One Day International of the bilateral series.

Batting first in Paarl, South Africa made 296-4 in 50 overs with skipper Temba Bavuma and Rassie Van Der Dussen scoring centuries. Bavuma made 110 while Van Der Dussen remained unbeaten at 129.

In reply, India finished their innings at 265-8 in 50 overs. The highlight of the Indian batting was half-centuries by Shikhar Dhawan, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, who was playing his first ODI after being sacked as the captain of the ODI.

Dhawan made 79 in 84 balls, while Kohli was out for 51 in 63 balls.

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The second ODI of the three-match series will be played at the same ground on 21 January.