The Proteas managed to win the first ODI in what was a one-sided affair at the end. Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma delivered a batting masterclass to beat India. India started well with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli batting beautifully, but after their dismissals, the batting just collapsed, resulting in a heavy defeat for the visitors.

South Africa covered all their bases in the first ODI, and will now look to repeat it to clinch another match and the series. On the other hand, India, despite being strong on paper, have a lot of questions to answer before the start of the second ODI in Paarl.

Talking points: India

KL Rahul: The leader and batter

It was a day to forget for KL Rahul, captaining India in ODI’s for the first time. The captain made some decisions on the field which didn’t go his way and then got out cheaply to the part-time spinner, Aiden Markram. The opener needs to find his rhythm back with the bat as his contributions at the top of the order are vital in India’s success.

Virat Kohli: The maestro

Kohli became the highest run-getter in away matches after his knock of 71 in the first ODI. The former captain, who was playing his first match post-captaincy, gave his all to win the game, but unfortunately he couldn’t finish the job. His numbers in South Africa are insane, and the entire nation awaits his 71st century international, maybe that will help India to win the second ODI.

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Discussion points for the 2nd ODI: India

Ashwin 2.0

The revolution of Ashwin in white-ball cricket has been fantastic. First in the IPL and then in the T20 World Cup, the veteran has been an absolute beast with the ball in hand. Also, he was the pick of the bowlers alongside Bumrah in the first ODI with one wicket at an economy rate of 5.30. Ashwin’s consistency has been top-notch, and India needs more wickets from him on a slow pitch in Paarl to win the second ODI.

Deepak Chahar: A potent replacement option

The Indian bowling unit didn’t do justice to their abilities and looked unproductive in the first inning of the first ODI. The bowling unit went for a beating by a great display of batting by van der Dussen and Bavuma. Chahar is on the bench, and he might be a good replacement option (in place of Shardul Thakur) for Team India in the second ODI. His numbers in ODI are pretty decent, and he also has a fair bit of skills with the bat, which might be useful for the team.

Talking points: South Africa

Temba Bavuma: Playing the captain’s inning

After a rough start by the South Africans, Bavuma came into stride to steady the batting innings. It was a turning point in the match as his innings helped them post a above-par total. Bavuma has been sensational with the bat ever since he has been the ODI captain. Bavuma has scored 274 runs in eight innings at an astonishing average of 54.80. The captain needs to play one more innings in the same fashion to help his team win a series against India.

Quinton de Kock: A big inning awaits

Quinton de Kock is South Africa’s one of the most important batters. He didn’t capitalize in the first match after getting out cheaply, but the wicket-keeper batter has been outstanding against India in South Africa. Quinton has scored at an average of 70.50 and has hit three centuries. The Proteas need a big inning from him, which he is capable of, to secure a mammoth total on the board.

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Discussion points for 2nd ODI: South Africa

Keshav Maharaj: Holds key in the 2nd ODI

Maharaj has been one of the prime bowlers for South Africa in all three formats of the game. The left-arm orthodox bowler has evolved from a red ball to a white ball bowler over the years. The pitch in Paarl, the venue for the second ODI, is on the slower side, and the experienced bowler needs to showcase his ability against a solid Indian batting line-up to help his country win the match.

Probable XI

India: KL Rahul (c), S. Dhawan, V. Kohli, S. Iyer, R. Pant, V. Iyer, R. Ashwin B. Kumar, D. Chahar, J. Bumrah (vc), Y. Chahal

South Africa: Q. de Kock, J. Malan, A. Markram, R.V.D. Dussen, T. Bavuma, D. Miller, A. Phehlukwayo, M. Jansen/ L. Ngidi, K. Maharaj (vc), M. Jansen, T. Shamsi