Dominant India Crush South Africa in First ODI

India Takes Early Lead in Convincing ODI Triumph

In a spectacular display of dominance, India secured an emphatic victory over South Africa in the first ODI. The absence of key players like Kohli, Sharma, Bumrah, Shami, and Jadeja did not hinder India’s performance as they outclassed the hosts right from the beginning.

Arshdeep and Avesh Shine Bright

The spinners, who wreaked havoc a couple of days ago, weren’t needed this time. Instead, it was the pacers, Arshdeep and Avesh, who stole the show. The duo dismantled the South African batting lineup, routing out the hosts and restricting them to a mere 117 runs. Arshdeep’s exceptional spell earned him the Player of the Match title.

India’s Unstoppable Streak

Chasing down the target with ease, India showcased their dominance once again. The victory in the first ODI adds to their formidable run, following an impressive performance in the T20Is at home. Despite a hiccup in the World Cup final, India has consistently displayed fantastic cricket throughout 2023.

KL Rahul and Team’s Perspective

Reflecting on the match, captain KL Rahul expressed his satisfaction with the win. He highlighted the unexpected conditions and praised the team for adapting to the game plan. Rahul emphasized the importance of players performing well for the country and mentioned the ongoing prioritization of Tests and T20s.

Arshdeep Singh’s Joyful Moment

Player of the Match, Arshdeep Singh, shared his joy and gratitude toward the team management. He acknowledged the unique challenges of the venue and credited KL Rahul for motivating him to achieve a fifer. Looking ahead, Arshdeep emphasized focusing on strategies that will work in upcoming matches.

Aiden Markram Acknowledges Tough Challenge

South African skipper Aiden Markram admitted to a tough challenge, crediting the Indian bowlers for putting his team on the back foot. He highlighted the significance of individuals making smart decisions in different situations and stressed the need for assessing and planning for future matches.

Statistical Highlights

Biggest ODI Defeat for South Africa (in terms of balls remaining):

  • 200 vs IND, Johannesburg, 2023*
  • 215 vs ENG, Nottingham, 2008
  • 188 vs AUS, Sydney, 2002
  • 185 vs IND, Delhi, 2022

Biggest ODI Wins for India (in terms of balls remaining):

  • 263 vs SL, Colombo RPS, 2023
  • 200 vs SA, Johannesburg, 2023
  • 231 vs KEN, Bloemfontein, 2001
  • 211 vs WI, Thiruvananthapuram, 2018

Noteworthy Debut:

  • Sai Sudharsan becomes the 17th Indian to score 50+ runs on ODI debut.

Indian Openers with 50+ Runs on ODI Debut:

  • 100* – KL Rahul vs ZIM, 2016
  • 86 – Robin Uthappa vs ENG, 2006
  • 55* – Faiz Fazal vs ZIM, 2016
  • 55* – Sai Sudharsan vs SA, 2023*


With a commanding lead in the series, India has set a high bar for South Africa. The comprehensive victory in the first ODI establishes India’s strength even without some key players. As the series progresses, South Africa faces the challenge of regrouping and strategizing to counter India’s formidable form.

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