Sanju Samson scored his first century in a One Day International (ODI) match, helping India reach a total of 296/8 on a challenging pitch in Paarl against South Africa. This is India’s highest score against South Africa on this ground.
Initially, India faced challenges after losing a few early wickets. Rajat Patidar, making his ODI debut to replace the injured Ruturaj Gaikwad, quickly scored 22 runs, but he was dismissed in the last over before the break. After that, India was at 49/2 when Sai Sudharsan was caught. However, captain KL Rahul and Samson built a solid partnership, adding 42 runs for the third wicket.
Even though Rahul got out, Samson, who had already scored over fifty runs, continued to play well and added 116 runs with Tilak Varma, the second-highest run-scorer in the innings. Varma initially scored slowly, managing only 9 runs off his first 38 balls, but he then picked up speed and reached his first ODI 50, contributing 67 runs.
Samson played until he reached his hundred, and together with Varma, they ensured that India posted a formidable total. India seemed in a good position at 132/3 after 30 overs, but they scored an additional 141 runs in the last 14 overs, thanks in part to Rinku Singh’s quick knock of 38 off 27 balls. Keshav Maharaj was the main bowler for South Africa, taking 1 wicket for 37 runs in his 10 overs. Markram and Hendricks also bowled well, with Markram taking 1 wicket for 37 runs in five overs, and Hendricks finishing with three wickets.
In summary, India scored 296/8 in 50 overs, with Samson making 108 and Varma contributing 52 runs. Hendricks was the most successful bowler for South Africa, claiming three wickets for 63 runs