What an outstanding performance from the Indian cricket team! Men-in-Blue outclassed South Africa in all departments and won the match by 6 wickets in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma's brilliant century, Jasprit Bumrah's outstanding bowling and Yuzvendra Chahal's magical spell who are guiding lights for Men-in-Blue to dominate the Proteas in their first match of the 2019 World Cup. Let us have a look at the highlights of the 8th World Cup match between India and South Africa.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss when the two captains (Kohli & Du Plessis) gathered to spin the coin in front of the match referee. Faf du Plessis opted to bat first in the World Cup 8th match between India and South Africa at The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton on Wednesday.
South Africa made 1 change in their playing XI, Hashim Amla and Tabraiz Shamsi were included in the squad.
India ousted Mohammad Shami, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik from their playing XI.
South Africa Innings
The Proteas openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock started the innings on a bad note as they both struggled to face World No 1 ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Jasprit Bumrah struck both the batsmen with a thrilling opening spell with a venomous new-ball.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock scored 6 and 10 runs as both the batsmen have no answers for Bumrah's quick deliveries.
South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis scored 38 runs in 54 balls with 4 beautiful boundaries. Rassie van der Dussen made 22 runs in 37 balls with a single four. Both the batsmen were clean bowled in Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling.
David Miller scored 31 runs and failed to rotate the strike till the end of the innings. Chris Morris was the top scorer in the Proteas batting line up as he scored 42 runs in 34 balls with 1 hit to the rope and 2 hits above the rope.
South Africa posted 227 runs with the loss of 9 wickets in their quota of 50 overs.
Chahal (4-51), Bhuvneshwar (2-44), Bumrah (2-35), Kuldeep (1-46) snared 9 South Africa wickets.
Chasing the modest target of 228, Men-in-Blue lost their opening left-hand batsman Shikhar Dhawan (8) for a low score as he was sent back to the hut by Kagiso Rabada in the 6th over.
It's not an easy target to chase as India scored just 50 runs in 15 overs. Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris bowled outstanding in the first power-play.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored just 18 runs and he took 30 balls to find his first boundary before the next ball saw him fall victim for a bouncer from Phehlukwayo.
Another opener Rohit Sharma played a matured innings as he changed his style completely different. Rohit Sharma along with KL Rahul shared the 85-run stand for the third wicket partnership.
KL Rahul scored 26 runs with a couple of boundaries before being out in Rabada's bowling.
Rohit Sharma scored a three-figure mark as hit-man hits 122 runs in 144 balls with 13 hits to the fence and 2 awesome sixes into the crowd. Another side, MS Dhoni supported Rohit Sharma to chase the target. Dhoni made 34 runs in 46 balls with 2 hits to the rope.
Rohit Sharma's century was incredible this is the most significant hundred in his career. Hardik Pandya hits the winning runs for India.
India completed the chase with 15 balls to spare and 6 wickets remaining. For South Africa, Rabada scalped 2 wickets while Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo snared a wicket each.
South Africa: 227-9 (Faf du Plessis 38, David Miller 31, Morris 42; Bumrah 2/35, Chahal 4/51).
India: 230-4 (Rohit Sharma 122*, KL Rahul 26, MS Dhoni 34; Rabada 2/39).
Player-of-the-Match: Rohit Sharma.
In the next World Cup match, Australia will lock horns with West Indies at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 6.
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