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Jan 13, 2011

SA won by 135 runs against India

South Africa's faster’s struck early to set up a complete 135-run win in the first ODI international against India at Kingsmead on Wednesday.

Chasing a target of 290, India's hopes were efficiently ended when they were reduced to 43 for four in the 11th over. Despite a half- century by Virat Kohli they were bowled out for 154.

Virat Kohli"We were outplayed completely," admitted Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"We were superb with the ball," said South African skipper Graeme Smith.

Dale Steyn dismissed Murali Vijay in the first over and left-arm bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe picked up the key wicket of Sachin Tendulkar three overs later.

Morne Morkel, who came on as first change, took two wickets in one over as the Indian batsmen failed to come to terms with the pace and bounce of a Kingsmead pitch with a reputation for being more lively in the 2nd innings of day-night games.

Lonwabo TsotsobeTsotsobe went on to claim 4 for 31 runs, while fellow Steyn and Morkel took two each and left-arm fast bowler Wayne Parnell took one.

Hashim Amla got the South African innings off to a fast start, scoring 50 off 36 balls with eight fours but the home side's total of 289 for nine was built around a 131-run 4th wicket partnership between AB de Villiers (76 off 69 balls) and JP Duminy(73 off 89 balls).

While they were together South Africa looked on target for a total of more than 300 but both fell to the part-time off-spin of Rohit Sharma instead of cashing in towards the end of the innings.

Man of the match: Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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