India rocked by de Kock knock
Quinton de Kock smashed a career-best 135 as South Africa stormed to a 141-run victory in the first one-day international against India in Johannesburg.
After combining in a 152-run opening stand with Hashim Amla, who registered a typically composed 65 before becoming the first of three victims for seamer Mohammed Shami, de Kock kicked on to reach the second ODI century of his blossoming career.
The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been feted for his hard hitting and produced a showreel of strokeplay as he blasted 18 fours and three sixes in a 121-ball stay.
Even when de Kock departed in the 42nd over, his belligerence was more than matched in a 105-run stand from 46 balls between skipper AB de Villiers and JP Duminy, who plundered 77 and 59 not out respectively to bring the Wanderers crowd to its feet.
That stand crowned a daunting total of 358 for four, which India never came close to challenging as they slumped to 217 all out.
South Africa, kitted completely in pink in support of breast cancer awareness, were sent in to bat by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with evening dew expected to be a factor when the hosts took the ball.
It proved to be a fanciful notion as Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel tormented the tourists with a combination of skill and hostility at the top of the innings.
Steyn somehow went wicketless in a miserly opening five-over spell, beating the bat on numerous occasions, while Morkel came on for Lonwabo Tsotsobe first change and struck with his opening delivery as Shikhar Dhawan miscued a pull.
A fascinating battle then ensued between Steyn, Morkel and the mercurial Virat Kohli, with Morkel rearing a brutal delivery up into the Indian batsman’s ribs.
Kohli appeared to have weathered the storm in moving to 31 from 35 deliveries, only to edge Ryan McLaren to Jacques Kallis at slip. The all-rounder welcomed Yuvraj Singh by crashing a bouncer into his helmet before rearranging the stumps next ball.
Steyn refused to stay out of the action as his superb throw from the deep ran out Suresh Raina, bringing together Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in a productive sixth-wicket alliance before Kallis castled the latter for 29.
The tourists would only add another 59 runs to the total, with Dhoni falling for 65 as the second of three Steyn victims - the imperious paceman claiming 3-25 as he cleaned up the tail.