SA vs IND: Kohli, Rahane lead India to six-wicket win

Virat Kohli's century and his 189-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane helped India chase down 270 in the first ODI in Durban.

Virat Kohli scored a responsible century to help India chase 270 comfortably. Photo: AFP

Captain Virat Kohli struck a stylish century to lead India to a comfortable six-wicket victory over South Africa in the first One-Day International on Thursday and end the host's 17-match winning streak on home soil.

India amassed 270 for 4 to reach its target with 27 balls to spare at Kingsmead after South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who won the toss, scored 120 of his side's 269 for 8.

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A record 189-run third-wicket partnership between Kohli, who made 112, and Ajinkya Rahane (79) set up India's victory at the start of the six-match series. Kohli reached his 33rd ODI ton off 105 balls while Rahane's flamboyant knock came off 86 balls.

Their partnership was the highest for the third wicket in an ODI at the Durban venue, beating a two decade-old mark held by Pakistan, and ensured India eased to victory with wickets and overs to spare.

Du Plessis carried his side as his team-mates were strangled by India's wrist spinners, slumping to 134 for 5 with Kuldeep Yadav the pick of the bunch as he finished with figures of 3 for 34 in an economical 10-over spell.

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Together with Chris Morris (37), Du Plessis piled on late runs to take South Africa to a better than expected total, and hand a sell-out crowd hope but still significantly short of a defendable target.

'Special knock'

India has won eight of its previous nine ODIs chasing down a target and Kohli felt his side always in with a chance of doing so again. "It was a special knock for me because the first game of a series is always important. When we restricted South Africa we knew we needed one partnership to effectively take us home," Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.

The second game of the series is at Centurion in Pretoria on Sunday. South Africa tops the International Cricket Council's ODI team rankings, with India second.