AB de Villiers unbeaten 73-ball century, leg-spinner Imran Tahir wicket of Rohit Sharma playing at 150 and Paceman Kagiso Rabada dismissing two Indian batsmen in two deliveries in the final over were the turning points of the match, securing the Protease their five-run victory over India in the first one day international (ODI), played at the Green Park Stadium, in Kanpur.
"I thought it was an amazing game of cricket", De Villiers, the Man-of-the-match said. "There were lots of times when the momentum turned. I thought Tahir's over turned the game on its head. Rabada proved to be a handful and he's got a bright future." De Villiers produced some massive shots throughout the game, including his last ball six over the long-on off pace bowler Umesh Yadav, reaching his 21st ODI century.
However, from the Indian side only Rohit Sharma’s performance was the silver lining, he made 150 runs.
India required 22 runs of the last two overs with five wickets in hand, the South Africa’s pace bowler Dale Steyn conceded 11 before 20-year-old Rabada claimed back-to-back wickets, including the Indian captain Dhoni’s wicket finally rapping the hosts to 298 for seven, and putting South Africa 1-0 UP in the five-match ODI series.