Skipper Faf du Plessisís 120 in vain as South Africa lose first ODI by 6 wicket

IMAGE: Virat Kohli waves to the crowd after scoring a century in the first ODI between India and South Africa, in Durban, on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

Captain Virat Kohli scored a hundred and Ajinkya Rahane a valuable 79 as India beat South Africa by six wickets in the first One Day International and registered their first victory at Durban on Thursday.

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Electing to bat, the hosts put up 269 for 8 in their 50 overs before Kohli and Rahane combined to take the game away and win with 4.3 overs to spare.

It ended South Africa's 17-match winning run at home.

Kohli and Rahane were involved in a record 189Ėrun third-wicket partnership. The former scored 112 of 119 balls while Rahane 79 off 86, which included five fours and two sixes.

It was the highest stand for India in South Africa as Kohli notched his 20th hundred in a run-chase, of which 18 have ended up in victories.