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Indian cricket team in South Africa in 2017–18

The India cricket team toured South Africa in January and February 2018[1][2] to play three Tests, six One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.[3][4] In January 2017, Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed that this tour would replace the scheduled visit by Sri Lanka due to costs and scheduling congestion.[5] The Test series was played for the Freedom Trophy, with South Africa winning the trophy following victories in the first two Tests.[6] South Africa went on to win the Test series 2–1.[7] It was the first Test series of three matches or more in which all 40 wickets fell in each match of the series.[8] With India's win the third Test, they retained the number one place in the ICC Test Championship, taking an unassailable lead before the April 2018 cut-off date for next season's rankings.[9]

Indian cricket team in South Africa in 2017–18
  Flag of South Africa.svg Flag of India.svg
  South Africa India
Dates 5 January 2018 – 24 February 2018
Captains Faf du Plessis (Tests and ODIs)[n 1]
JP Duminy (T20Is)
Virat Kohli[n 2]
Test series
Result South Africa won the 3-match series 2–1
Most runs AB de Villiers (211) Virat Kohli (286)
Most wickets Vernon Philander (15)
Kagiso Rabada (15)
Mohammed Shami (15)
Player of the series Vernon Philander (SA)
One Day International series
Results India won the 6-match series 5–1
Most runs Hashim Amla (154) Virat Kohli (558)
Most wickets Lungi Ngidi (8) Kuldeep Yadav (17)
Player of the series Virat Kohli (Ind)
Twenty20 International series
Results India won the 3-match series 2–1
Most runs JP Duminy (122) Shikhar Dhawan (143)
Most wickets Junior Dala (7) Bhuvneshwar Kumar (7)
Player of the series Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind)

In August 2017, it was announced that the traditional Boxing Day Test at Kingsmead will not take place, as India's home series against Sri Lanka will not conclude until 24 December 2017.[10] The following month it was announced that tour would likely to start on 5 January 2018.[11] CSA confirmed the fixtures in September 2017.[4][12][13] Before the Test matches, India were scheduled to play in a two-day warm-up match at Boland Park, Paarl. However, this was cancelled, as India opted to do training sessions instead of the match.[14]

The Test series marked Dale Steyn's return to international cricket. He last played in a Test match for South Africa in November 2016 against Australia in Perth, where he suffered a shoulder injury.[15] However, on day two of the first Test, Steyn damaged his left heel.[16] This ruled him out of the rest of the Test,[17] with a recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks.[18] Two days later, he was ruled out of the rest of the series.[19]

During the first ODI, South Africa's captain, Faf du Plessis, suffered a finger injury and was ruled out of the remaining ODI matches.[20] Aiden Markram was named as South Africa's captain for the remaining ODI fixtures, becoming the second-youngest South African to lead South Africa in ODIs.[21][22][23]

India ensured an ODI series victory after beating South Africa by 73 runs in the fifth match, after they had already won the first three fixtures. This resulted in India's first ODI series win in South Africa, with India maintaining their number one ranking in the ICC ODI Championship.[24][25] India went on to win the ODI series 5–1.[26] Virat Kohli scored the most runs in a bilateral ODI series by a player, with 558.[27] India were also victorious in the T20I matches, winning the series 2–1.[28]

Contents

SquadsEdit

Tests ODIs T20Is
  South Africa[29]   India[30]   South Africa[31]   India[32]   South Africa[33]   India[34]

Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi were added to South Africa's squad for the second Test after Dale Steyn suffered an injury during the first Test.[35] Dinesh Karthik was called up as replacement to India's Test squad for Wriddhiman Saha after Saha was ruled out of the series due to an injury in training.[36] Temba Bavuma suffered a finger injury in a domestic one-day game and was ruled out of South Africa's squad ahead of the third and final Test.[37] South Africa's AB de Villiers was ruled out of first three ODIs due to a finger injury.[38] He was added back into South Africa's squad for the final three matches.[39]

Following the first ODI, Faf du Plessis was ruled out of South Africa's squad for the remaining ODI matches and the T20I series, after suffering a finger injury.[20] Du Plessis was replaced by Farhaan Behardien in the ODI squad and Heinrich Klaasen was added to South Africa's squad as a reserve wicket-keeper.[20][40] Aiden Markram was named as captain of South Africa for the remaining ODIs in du Plessis' absence.[21] South Africa's Quinton de Kock suffered an injury during the second ODI and was ruled out of the rest of the ODI matches and the T20I series.[41]

AB de Villiers was ruled out of South Africa's squad for the T20I series after suffering an injury before the fifth ODI match.[42]

Test seriesEdit

1st TestEdit

5–9 January 2018[n 3]
Scorecard
v
  India
286 (73.1 overs)
AB de Villiers 65 (84)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/87 (19 overs)
209 (73.4 overs)
Hardik Pandya 93 (95)
Vernon Philander 3/33 (14.3 overs)
130 (41.2 overs)
AB de Villiers 35 (50)
Mohammed Shami 3/28 (12 overs)
135 (42.4 overs)
Ravichandran Ashwin 37 (53)
Vernon Philander 6/42 (15.4 overs)
South Africa won by 72 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Richard Kettleborough (Eng)
Player of the match: Vernon Philander (SA)

2nd TestEdit

13–17 January 2018
Scorecard
v
  India
335 (113.5 overs)
Aiden Markram 94 (150)
Ravichandran Ashwin 4/113 (38.5 overs)
307 (92.1 overs)
Virat Kohli 153 (217)
Morné Morkel 4/60 (22.1 overs)
258 (91.3 overs)
AB de Villiers 80 (121)
Mohammed Shami 4/49 (16 overs)
151 (50.2 overs)
Rohit Sharma 47 (74)
Lungi Ngidi 6/39 (12.2 overs)
South Africa won by 135 runs
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Paul Reiffel (Aus)
Player of the match: Lungi Ngidi (SA)

3rd TestEdit

24–28 January 2018[n 3]
Scorecard
India  
v
187 (76.4 overs)
Virat Kohli 54 (106)
Kagiso Rabada 3/39 (18.4 overs)
194 (65.5 overs)
Hashim Amla 61 (121)
Jasprit Bumrah 5/54 (18.5 overs)
247 (80.1 overs)
Ajinkya Rahane 48 (68)
Morné Morkel 3/47 (21 overs)
177 (73.3 overs)
Dean Elgar 86* (240)
Mohammed Shami 5/28 (12.3 overs)
India won by 63 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Ian Gould (Eng)
Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind)

ODI seriesEdit

1st ODIEdit

1 February 2018
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa  
269/8 (50 overs)
v
  India
270/4 (45.3 overs)
Faf du Plessis 120 (112)
Kuldeep Yadav 3/34 (10 overs)
Virat Kohli 112 (119)
Andile Phehlukwayo 2/42 (8 overs)
India won by 6 wickets
Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Bongani Jele (SA)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (Ind)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd ODIEdit

4 February 2018
10:00
Scorecard
South Africa  
118 (32.2 overs)
v
  India
119/1 (20.3 overs)
JP Duminy 25 (39)
Yuzvendra Chahal 5/22 (8.2 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 51* (56)
Kagiso Rabada 1/24 (5 overs)
India won by 9 wickets
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Adrian Holdstock (SA)
Player of the match: Yuzvendra Chahal (Ind)

3rd ODIEdit

7 February 2018
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
303/6 (50 overs)
v
  South Africa
179 (40 overs)
Virat Kohli 160* (159)
JP Duminy 2/60 (10 overs)
JP Duminy 51 (67)
Kuldeep Yadav 4/23 (9 overs)
India won by 124 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Adrian Holdstock (SA)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (Ind)

4th ODIEdit

10 February 2018
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
289/7 (50 overs)
v
  South Africa
207/5 (25.3 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 109 (105)
Lungi Ngidi 2/52 (10 overs)
Heinrich Klaasen 43* (27)
Kuldeep Yadav 2/51 (6 overs)
South Africa won by 5 wickets (DLS method)
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Bongani Jele (SA)
Player of the match: Heinrich Klaasen (SA)
  • India won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain set South Africa a revised target of 202 runs from 28 overs.
  • Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) played in his 100th ODI and became the first batsman for India to score a century in his 100th ODI.[56][57]

5th ODIEdit

13 February 2018
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
274/7 (50 overs)
v
  South Africa
201 (42.2 overs)
Rohit Sharma 115 (126)
Lungi Ngidi 4/51 (9 overs)
Hashim Amla 71 (92)
Kuldeep Yadav 4/57 (10 overs)
India won by 73 runs
St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Ian Gould (Eng)
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Ind)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.

6th ODIEdit

16 February 2018
13:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
South Africa  
204 (46.5 oves)
v
  India
206/2 (32.1 overs)
Khaya Zondo 54 (74)
Shardul Thakur 4/52 (8.5 overs)
Virat Kohli 129* (96)
Lungi Ngidi 2/54 (8 overs)
India won by 8 wickets
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Shaun George (SA)
Player of the match: Virat Kohli (Ind)
  • India won the toss and elected to field.
  • Virat Kohli (Ind) scored his 35th century in ODIs.[58]
  • Virat Kohli also became the fastest player, in terms of innings, to score 17,000 runs in international cricket (363).[59]
  • Virat Kohli scored the most runs in a bilateral ODI series by a player (558).[27]

T20I seriesEdit

1st T20IEdit

18 February 2018
14:30
Scorecard
India  
203/5 (20 overs)
v
  South Africa
175/9 (20 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 72 (39)
Junior Dala 2/47 (4 overs)
Reeza Hendricks 70 (50)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 5/24 (4 overs)
India won by 28 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Adrian Holdstock (SA)
Player of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Ind)

2nd T20IEdit

21 February 2018
18:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
188/4 (20 overs)
v
  South Africa
189/4 (18.4 overs)
Manish Pandey 79* (48)
Junior Dala 2/28 (4 overs)
Heinrich Klaasen 69 (30)
Jaydev Unadkat 2/42 (3.4 overs)
South Africa won by 6 wickets
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Umpires: Bongani Jele (SA) and Allahudien Paleker (SA)
Player of the match: Heinrich Klaasen (SA)

3rd T20IEdit

24 February 2018
18:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
172/7 (20 overs)
v
  South Africa
165/6 (20 overs)
Shikhar Dhawan 47 (40)
Junior Dala 3/35 (4 overs)
JP Duminy 55 (41)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/24 (4 overs)
India won by 7 runs
Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town
Umpires: Shaun George (SA) and Bongani Jele (SA)
Player of the match: Suresh Raina (Ind)
  • South Africa won the toss and elected to field.
  • Christiaan Jonker (SA) made his T20I debut.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Aiden Markram was named as South Africa's captain, after Faf du Plessis was injured in the first ODI.
  2. ^ Rohit Sharma captained India for the third T20I.
  3. ^ a b While five days of play were scheduled for each Test, the first and third Tests reached a result within four days.

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