South Africa defeated India by 31 runs in the first ODI in Paarl on Wednesday.© AFP
South African skipper Temba Bavuma expressed his happiness after his side defeated India in the first ODI on Wednesday. The centuries of Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen were bolstered by a spirited bowling performance as South Africa defeated India by 31 runs in the first ODI of the three-game series. “We played almost a perfect match, that’s quite difficult in 50-over cricket. We can have a lot of confidence. I struggled all innings, Rassie seemed to hit another wicket. That partnership was the deciding factor. I tried to work together him as much as I could.
“Another good debut for him (Jansen), we feel he can take wickets with the new ball. He’s growing from strength to strength and it’s nice to see. Aiden is always an option with the ball, especially with the new ball,” said Bavuma after the game.
“He did a fantastic job. Andile was good, he understood the situation. He knew what to do. He’s a big player in the team. It’s good to see him take the lead. Spinners were great. Shamsi – us are trying to use him differently use him at death and he does well Spinners were good Nice to have Quinny back nice to see him smiling He’s a big player for me he’s a big player for the team, his energy and his experience helps us a lot,” he added.
For India, only Shikhar Dhawan (79), Shardul Thakur (50*) and Virat Kohli (51) went to work, and otherwise it was a disappointing show.
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