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Markram named South African one-day captain

04 February 2018

Despite their relative worldwide inexperience, India "s wrist-spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, were superb, taking five wickets between them to gut the opposition batting line-up".

A strokeful 51 from Shikhar Dhawan a confident 46 from captain Virat Kohli helped India overhaul South Africa's lowly total of 118 with almost 30 overs to spare. An hour later, the players returned from lunch and Kohli hit the winning runs. The chase master, as he is fondly known in the cricketing circle, brilliantly calculated which bowler to take on and when. Only Kohli, Rahul Dravid, and Sachin Tendulkar have also scored five consecutive one-day half centuries. 120 of those were scored by du Plessis alone, who will not be a part of the remaining matches.

But the loss could be blessing in disguise for the Proteas as it would give them the chance to reflect on preparation for the World Cup in 2019.

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De Kock was caught at deep midwicket off Chahal for 20 before Markram fell for eight in similar fashion off Yadav.

Now back on wickets that encourage the run-machines, the imperious Indian skipper looks set to be a menace in the series. He will be crucial to his team's fortunes on wickets more challenging like the one at the Supersport Park.

If India suspected South Africa's engine-room may struggle against their wrist-spinners, Thursday afternoon confirmed it. It allows for a young player like myself to go and engage with a guy like Hashim Amla, who's a legend of the game. With more games under their belt, both will keep getting better. What Du Plessis really needed was one of his middle-order stars to stand up and do an Ajinkya Rahane. Kuldeep trapped Kagiso Rabada lbw after Rabada failed to pick the wrong 'un, and he had Morne Morkel dropped at mid-on the next ball. None of the batsmen seemed to have any idea of what the ball would do once it left the spinners' hand - neither where it would dip and pitch, nor how much it would drift, and nor which way or how much it would turn. By the end of 2017, Makram had two Test centuries from three matches and despite the opposition being Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, had already established himself as a permanent partner to Elgar.

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"Even though AB and Faf aren't playing, there are some very senior players that are still playing". England and India have the most balanced teams as of now.

"Great feeling. My first five-for in ODIs".

The duo batted the hosts out of the game and by the time Rahane was dismissed by South Africa pacer Andile Phehlukwayo in the 43rd over, the Indians were virtually assured of a comfortable victory.

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Markram named South African one-day captain