#INDvsSA 1st ODI: How have India performed historically at Durban?
At the back of a 2-1 Test series loss to South Africa, India will look to kick off the 6-match ODI series on a winning note. The 1st ODI will be played at the Kingsmead Oval, Durban, a belter of a track, best suited for batsmen. Here we look at the past records on this ground and how India have performed here historically.
India have never won a ODI match against South Africa at the Kingsmead Oval, Durban. Of the seven matches they have played here against the hosts, India lost six while one ended without a result. The last ODI that was played between the two teams at Kingsmead, was in December 2013, which South Africa won by a huge 134-run margin.
While India do not have a victory over South Africa at Durban, they have an overall 25% ODI win record here (9 played- won 2, lost 6, no result 1). They defeated England and Kenya in the World Cup campaign of 2003.
Durban has traditionally favoured teams batting first as the ground is prone to bad light and chasing can get tricky. The top five highest totals made here have been over 300, with 372 being the highest, scored by SA in October 2016. At 91, India features at the top of the lowest ODI-totals scored at Durban, in a November 2006 match against the hosts.
The Indian side touring South Africa is considered one of the better and balanced Indian teams visiting the country in ages. Confident after the third test victory on a difficult Wanderer pitch, Indian team will be hungry to rewrite their poor ODI record against the hosts. Will it be different this time around? We reckon this is their best chance.
The in-form India haven't lost a single bilateral ODI series since losing to Australia in January 2016, winning 24 of the last 32 bilateral matches.