IND vs SA, 1st ODI: South Africa beat India

Lucknow: Team South Africa defeated India by nine runs in the first ODI at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday. Despite a valiant effort by Sanju Samson, India lost to South Africa.

Earlier, David Miller and Heinrich Klaassen hit unbeaten fifties to take South Africa to 249/4 against India in a rain-soaked match that was reduced to 40 overs per side.

Pushed to bat first, South Africa were troubled by the movement of the Indian pacers caused by the dampness of the pitch due to rain, delaying proceedings for nearly two hours.

Sanju Samson put in a valiant effort in his unbeaten knock of 86 not out, while Shreyas Iyer hit a counter-attacking fifty. But the duo’s sterling efforts went in vain as India lost to South Africa by nine runs in a rain-hit first ODI that was reduced to 40 overs a side at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday.

After David Miller and Heinrich Klaassen hit unbeaten fifties to power South Africa to 249/4, India’s pursuit of 250 was dealt huge blows in the first six overs when Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell got rid of Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan inside edges disrupt the stumps.

Debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad put up resistance with 42 balls but managed just 19 runs and was replaced by Tabraiz Shamsi. In the next over, Ishan Kishan’s 37-ball stay at the crease ended after a slip on his leg took away an inside edge catch from Keshav Maharaj.

At 51/4 in 17.4 overs, the match looked as good as over for India. But Iyer injected much-needed momentum into the chase, taking the attack to the players, using his feet and directing his shots well. His attack on Tabraiz Shamsi was surreal – sweeping, lofting and hitting to get a hat-trick of fours.

Iyer’s counter-attack continued as he hit Lungi Ngidi for a pair of fours before playing a late cut off Maharaj to reach his fifty off 33 balls. But in the very next over, Iyer was cheated by extra bounce on a short ball and pulled straight to mid on.

With the required run rate above ten, Shardul Thakur got off to a flying start with two quick fours and survived two lbw shouts from Shamsi which saw South Africa burn their full quota of reviews. Samson then stepped up to be the aggressor, rising and pulling sweetly for boundaries before reaching his second ODI fifty.

After reaching his fifty, Samson took back-to-back fours from Shamsi, while Thakur used Rabada’s pace to complete a hat-trick of fours in the 14-run 37th over. But in the next over, Thakur danced down the pitch to pick himself up but was caught in the middle of the attack, ending a crucial 93-run stand off 65 balls.

After Kuldeep Yadav and Avesh Khan fell quickly, Samson looked to seal a stunning win for India, hitting three fours and a six in the final over Shamsi, giving away 20 runs. But it was not enough for India to avoid a narrow loss.

Brief Scores: South Africa 249/4 in 40 overs (David Miller 75 not out, Heinrich Klaassen 74 not out; Shardul Thakur 2/35, Kuldeep Yadav 1/39) beat India 240/8 in 40 overs (Sanju Samson 86 not out , Shreyas Iyer 50; Lungi Ngidi 3/52, Kagiso Rabada 2/36) by nine runs

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