DURBAN, Jan 12 (PTI): India suffered a top-order collapse to slump to a humiliating 135-run defeat against a clinical South Africa in the first cricket one-dayer here today.
Chasing 290 for victory, India were never in the hunt after they lost their first four batsmen for just 43 runs and were ultimately bundled out for 154 in 35.4 overs.
Virat Kohli top-scored for India with a well-made 54 off 70 balls and together with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25 off 35) added 52 runs for the fifth wicket to take India past the 150-mark.
Apart from Kohli and Dhoni, Suresh Raina was the other notable contributory for India with 32 off 36 balls.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe was the pick of the South African bowlers with figures of four for 31 while pace partners Dale Steyn (2/29) and Morne Morkel (2/12) scalped two wickets apiece.