CWC 2019 Recap: India kick off campaign with win; South Africa dig a hole
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
South Africa 227/9 (50 Overs; Chris Morris 42(34), du Plessis(c) 38(54); Chahal 4/51, Bumrah 2/35)
India 230/4 (47.3 Overs; Rohit 122(144), Dhoni(wk) 34(46); Rabada 2/39, Chris Morris 1/36)
Result- India won by 6 wickets
South Africa were playing India in the 8th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, but such was the scheduling that India were playing their first.
As Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bat, the juice in the pitch first up was well utilised by Jasprit Bumrah who knocked down both South African openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then broke the back of the South African middle order, picking up four wickets, conceding runs at a miserly economy of 5.10.
Defending 227, South African bowlers started in impressive fashion with both Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris not giving anything away. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were dismissed cheaply as the match started to get a bit more interesting. But, it was first the partnership between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul and then between Sharma and MS Dhoni which helped India to keep chipping away at the target.
With the six-wicket win, India took their streak of wins over South Africa in consecutive World Cup matches to six. After having already lost to England and Bangladesh, this was South Africa's third defeat and dealt a huge blow to their campaign.
This was the first time that South Africa lost three consecutive matches in a single edition of the World Cup.