India Vs South Africa: Rohit, Chahal set-up India’s comfortable victory

Rohit Sharma (122*), over the course of his slowest ODI ton, showed great responsibility for the team.

ICC CWC 2019 | Match 8 | India Vs South Africa | Post-match Analysis

South Africa

After winning the toss SA decided to bat, Bumrah got two quick wickets to dent the SA line-up pretty early in the game. Firstly Hasim Amla (6) was caught at second slip, squared up by the pace and bounce, then Quinton de Kock (10) was out driving at a wide delivery after he’d been starved for room outside off-stump.

Chahal got some beautiful drift, which he used to undo a sweep shot from Rassie van der Dussen, who had looked good for his 27-ball 22. Du Plessis (38), bowled off a googly in the same over, was what set the cat among the pigeons in South Africa’s batting camp. That led to the sudden collapse from 78/3 to 89/5.

David Miller (31) and Phehlukwayo (34) showed some composure before the former getting out caught & bowled to Yuzi Chahal. And the latter goes out-stumped to wrist spinner as well.

Chris Morris took charge in a 66-run stand for the eighth wicket, not just delivering South Africa past 200 in the process but also giving the bowlers something to work with. Kagiso Rabada finished unbeaten on 31 off 35 balls as SA ended on 227/9. Chahal got 4, Bhuvi-Bumrah got 2 while Kuldeep chipped in with 1 wicket as well.

Whether it’s Rabada or Bumrah is a debate to be had, but the best all-format bowler in the world is playing at the Ageas Bowl today. Absolute treat.

India

Chasing a below par total of 228 runs, Shikhar Dhawan (8)was the first one to fall nicking to the keeper De Kock off Rabada’s special delivery. Skipper Virat Kohli came in at no. 3 and just when the score board ticked 50, Kohli (18) departs edging it to the keeper off Phehlukwayo. Then came KL Rahul (26) who alongside Rohit Sharma continued the partnership of 85 runs before the former getting out to Rabada.

Rohit Sharma continued his terrific form and went onto hit the century, not the most fluent or a typical one from Rohit Sharma, but he’s still done really well . It’s his second in World Cups and 23rd overall in the format, kept India on the track.

MS Dhoni (34) and Rohit Sharma added a crucial partnership of 76 runs to get ahead of the required run-rate, before the former getting out caught & bowled by Chris Morris just when the India needed 15 from 24 balls.

Hardik Pandya finishes things off in style with a boundary and Rohit Sharma remains unbeaten on 122* as India win by 6 wickets and starts off the World Cup campaign with a comfortable victory.

Turning Point

Chahal bagged crucial wickets in his spell (4/51) that snatched the momentum back in India’s favour.

Jasprit Bumrah was riveting up top but it was South Africa’s failure to deal with Yuzvendra Chahal’s dip and drift that brought their downfall. Du Plessis, Dussen, Miller and Phehlukwayo were the victims of the young lad.

Records & Stats

Fewest ODIs to 50 wins as captain:
63 C Lloyd/ R Ponting
68 H Cronje
69 VIRAT KOHLI
70 V Richards
First time South Africa have lost three consecutive matches in a single edition of the World Cup
Last six meetings in ICC events between SA & India:
 WT20 2012: India won by one runs
 CT 2013: India won by 26 runs
 WT20 2014: India won by six wkts
 WC 2015: India won by 130 runs
 CT 2017: India won by eight wkts
 WC 2019: India won by six wkts 
Most unbeaten ODI 100s in chases:
11 V Kohli
9 ROHIT SHARMA
8 S Tendulkar
7 Saeed Anwar

Match Summary

Brief Scores: South Africa 227/9 in 50 overs (Chris Morris 42, Faf du Plessis 38; Yuzvendra Chahal 4-51, Jasprit Bumrah 2-35, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-44) lost to India 230/4 in 47.3 overs (Rohit Sharma 122*; Kagiso Rabada 2-39) by six wickets

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