- Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban : 9th January, 2011
In the first match of the series, the Indians won the toss and came out to bat. Handy contributions from all the batsman mingled with a brilliant stroke play by Rohit Sharma (53 off 34 balls) led India to a score of 168 runs for the loss of six wickets.
Juan Theron was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with 2/39 from 4 overs. In reply, the hosts could score only 147 runs for 9 wickets, the opener Morne van Wyk scoring a classic innings of 67 off 39 balls. All Indian bowlers got victims with commendable economies except Munaf Patel who was smashed at the rate of 13 runs per over. India won the match by 21 runs to lead the series 1-0.