India vs South Africa 1st ODI Lucknow Match Report 2022

Sanju Samson’s sparkling unbeaten knock of 86 went in vain as India went down by 9 runs against South Africa in the first one day international at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday.

The match was reduced to 40 overs due to rains. After being asked to bat first by skipper Shikhar Dhawan, openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock got visitors off to a steady start. The pair added 49 runs for the opening wicket before Shardul Thakur broke the stand by dismissing Malan, caught at midwicket by Shreyas Iyer.

Temba Bavuma’s poor run with the bat continued as he was cleaned up by a fuller delivery from Thakur for 8.

Left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav then got into the act by castling Aiden Markram (0) with a brilliant delivery that turned sharply as the visitors slumped to 71/3.

The pair of De Kock and Heinrich Klaasen anchored the innings with a fourth wicket stand of 39 runs before the former (48) was trapped leg before wicket by Ravi Bishnoi while attempting a reverse sweep.

Klaasen and Miller added an unbeaten 139 run stand for the fifth wicket to take South Africa to an impressive score of 249/4 in their 40 overs.

Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/35.

Chasing 250, Kagiso Rabada got his side off to a dream start by dismissing Shubman Gill bowled for 3, inside edging a length delivery onto his stumps.

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan also perished in a similar way, inside edging a length ball from Wayne Parnell onto his stumps.

Debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad struggled to get going and was stumped by De Kock off Tabraiz Shamsi for a 42-ball 19.

The hosts slumped even further as Kishan (20) was caught at leg slip by Malan off Keshav Maharaj.

The pair of Shreyas Iyer along with Sanju Samson brought the innings back on track with a crucial 67 run stand for the fifth wicket before the former miscued a short ball from Lungi Ngidi to Rabada at mid on for a well made half century.

Samson featured in yet another crucial 93 run stand for the sixth wicket alongside Shardul Thakur before Ngidi claimed two wickets in two balls- first by dismissing all rounder Thakur and then claiming Kuldeep Yadav to a brilliant catch at extra cover by Bavuma.

With 30 needed off the last over, Samson clobbered Shamsi for three fours and a six, but the Men in Blue fell nine run short of the target.

The wicket keeper batsman remained unbeaten on 86 off just 63 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes.

Heinrich Klaasen was adjudged the Player of the Match for his fine knock.

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