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12-06-2013, 03:01 AM

South Africa thumped India courtesy of an all-round performance to record a massive 141-run win in the first One-Day International (ODI) at the Wanderers on Thursday.

The hosts put the Indian bowlers under a lot of pressure not allowing them to comeback in the game. South Africa scored an imposing 358/4 thanks to a ton by Quinton de Kock (135 off 121 balls) and half-centuries from Hashim Amla (65), AB de Villiers (77) and JP Duminy (59 not out). After a clinical performance with the bat South African bowlers put the Indian in a quandary thereby making the encounter a lop-sided one.

The Indian batsmen looked uncomfortable against the six-pronged pace attack. Barring skipper MS Dhoni (65 off 71 balls) no Indian batsman was able to negotiate the visitors' bowling with confidence.

Dale Steyn's opening spell posed a lot of challenges to an in-form Rohit Sharma. Steyn's pace coupled with the movement ensured that run-making was a difficult proposition. No run was scored off him for 16 deliveries.

If Steyn's bowling was all about pin-point accuracy, Morne Morkel extracted a lot of bounce from the wicket. He removed opener Shikhar Dhawan for 12. Virat Kohli looked impressive but fell to Ryan McLaren caught at first slip. Yuvraj Singh, batting at No. 4, was roughed up rightaway and was bowled neck and crop off the next delivery to leave India in a lurch.

Rohit, who was struggling to pace his innings, was run-out soon after. His innings of 18 off 43 deliveries was a laborious affair. At 65/4, the prospects of a win looked inconceivable.

The innings was wrapped up in the 41st over as India were bowled out for 217. The batting indicated a lot of chinks in the armoury. The visitors looked underprepared.

Kohli was lucky not to have been dismissed at 2 when a Morkel snorter caught him by surprise but de Kock dropped a sitter. Kohli was also hit on the rib-cage but the No. 3 batsman made amends for such lapses by playing authentic shots - the pull, an exquisite and an on-drive for boundaries. But after done all the hard work he was out fishing at a short delivery.

Raina put 43 for the fifth wicket with Dhoni. The southpaw was run-out after he took on Steyn's arm, who fired an accurate throw from deep square-leg. Jadeja (29) added 50 with Dhoni but after his dismissal India were going through the motions. The Indian captain helped himself to his 51st half-century before dragging one onto his stumps off Steyn. That was the end of the agony for India.

For India the bowlers need to step up in the next game. Barring Mohammed Shami (3 for 68) no bowler looked like getting a wicket. Mohit Sharma looked clueless in the end overs as de Villiers and Duminy were toying with the bowling. The last six overs produced an exact 100. If that carnage was morale-shattering Dale & co had enough reasons to put India in a tight corner.

Brief scores

South Africa 358 for 4 in 50 overs (Quinton de Kock 135, AB de Villiers 77, Hashim Amla 65; Mohammed Shami 3 for 68) beat India 217 in 41 overs (MS Dhoni 65, Virat Kohli 31; Dale Steyn 3 for 25, Ryan McLaren 3 for 43) by 141 runs.

Man of the Match: Quinton de Kock.