However, their latest setback against India meant the counter is reset and now they will be hoping to bounce back in the six-match series.
When Virat Kohli was asked if things had changed post marriage, he had said at a press conference, "Not hard at all, I was away for something (marriage) which is much more important".
In the first ODI, the Indian captain scored 112 runs in 119 balls. "It's very different. We will have to figure out which player's game suits the team best in particular conditions that we play, at a particular spot", added Kohli. A replacement captain for the rest of the limited-overs' schedule against India will be named on Saturday, just 24 hours before the second ODI here.
The Proteas skipper said both the Indian spinners brought in a surprise element for his batsmen, which was hard to handle in one go.
Du Plessis himself too admitted, after Thursday's defeat, that quite a few of the South Africa batsmen have never faced Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, and so would take some time to get accustomed to wrist spin. Be it scoring rapidly in the first innings or chasing steadily in the second innings, once Kohli crosses the 50-run mark, a score of 100 or more is nearly confirmed. Now he's taken Faf du Plessis out of the mix. Andile Phehlukwayo was the most decent among the lot, striking 2 wickets and conceding 42 runs in his 8-over spell.
Having arrived at 33-1 in the seventh over, Kohli departed with India just eight runs from victory.
He survived two big chances, the crucial one early on in his innings when he appeared out lbw but was given not out and India didn't ask for a DRS review. But both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar came round the wicket to the left-hander very early in the innings and made life hard for him, while Hashim Amla kept the scorecard ticking. The South African skipper and Quinton de Kock (34 off 49 balls) realised 53 runs with du Plessis being the dominant partner.
Second-ranked India controlled most of the match despite a century by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. If Dhoni bats out two South African batsmen in the first match, then he will be the fourth wicketkeeper to do so in ODIs.
Rohit has had that experience in Tests, which possibly makes him bat unnaturally.