Twitter Reactions: India sail home smooth on Virat Kohli's scintillating century

Twitter Reactions: India sail home smooth on Virat Kohli’s scintillating century

Twitter was all praise for Virat Kohli’s splendor with the bat.

Ajinkya Rahane & Virat Kohli India
Ajinkya Rahane & Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The first One-Day International in Durban kickstarted with the Indians attaining a splendid victory. Virat Kohli scored a magnificent hundred and took the team all the way but home in what was expected to be a tricky chase on a sluggish wicket. Faf du Plessis’ hundred in the first innings went in vain as India won the match by 8 wickets.

Batting first, South Africa began well despite losing Hashim Amla early. However, once the Indian wrist-spin twin came into play, the hosts struggled as they were reduced to 134/5. While wickets falling at one end, du Plessis stayed firm and kept going. The skipper along with Chris Morris put up a 74-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

However, just when it seemed the Proteas were running away with the game, Morris missed a full toss from Kuldeep. Faf led them from the front as he scored a fantastic hundred. Andile Phehlukwayo managed to partner the skipper and they set a target of 270 for the Indians to chase and break the Durban jinx.

Kuldeep Yadav was quite impressive as he attained best match figures of 3/34. Yuzvendra Chahal also got a couple of wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t have a great day but he managed to pick one wicket. Jasprit Bumrah got the lone but important wicket of Amla.

India began their chase well as both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma displayed sublime touch. While Rohit got out playing a loose shot, Dhawan was off to a brilliant start. However, some miscommunication between him and the skipper led to his run out. The dashing opener wasn’t pleased at all.

Ajinkya Rahane came in at No.4. He and Virat Kohli combined for a fascinating 189-run partnership for the third wicket. While Rahane got out for a spectacular 79, Kohli went on to smash his first ODI century on South African soil and 33rd overall. Both of them made a mockery of the Proteas bowling attack.

India registered a smooth victory with 6 wickets with more than 4 overs to spare. Twitter was all praise for Virat Kohli’s splendour with the bat. While there were also some jokes rolling around as Dhawan wasn’t quite pleased after the run out.

Here we present to you some of the Twitter reactions from today’s game: