Rahane was eventually out for 79, while Kohli scored his 33rd ODI hundred. We had to say that ABD is a big loss to South Africa given how much importance he holds in the team.
He has played in nine countries, all full-members, and has centuries in all of them. Ever since his debut in 2008, Kohli has gone past some of the greatest players in the cricketing history and at only 29, has the second most number of centuries, behind only his mentor Sachin Tendulkar.
"And then the two wrist-spinners - outstanding bowling by both of them". The way the wicket played, and the way that our bowlers had to try and get wickets made it hard for them. "It was a special knock, given how South Africa were losing wickets but 270 on that surface was not good enough", McKenzie said. De Villiers sustained the injury during the third Test match against India at The Wanderers in Johannesburg. They bowled 12 overs, conceded runs at 6.21 and picked no wickets.
If India beat the current top-ranked South Africa in ODI series, they would clinch the first position in ICC ODI Rankings.
Kohli hit 10 fours and his 112 came off 119 deliveries.
South African batsmen's abject surrender to India's wrist spinners the other day required Du Plessis's class and grit to help the team total past 250. Rahul Dravid had also done it, which had one fifty for Asia XI. This is also the highest third-wicket stand by any pair against South Africa going past the 180 added by Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor in Hamilton previous year.
Winning the toss, South Africa did not have any hesitation in opting to bat first on a bright Durban day.
Notably, Rohit Sharma was prefered over Rahane for the first two Tests despite the latter's staggering overseas average.
India have previously lost 2-5 in 1992-93, 0-4 in 2006-07, 2-3 in 2010-11 and 0-2 in 2013-14.
Even in Durban where the opening 50-over match will take place on Thursday, India have yet to register their first victory. They had won all of the previous six encounters with India.