India pass 1st World Cup test with flying colours & hand South Africa their 3rd straight defeat
Given the injuries to some of their top players and in the absence of resources, South Africa fought their heart out, but ultimately, India, playing their first 2019 World Cup match, proved to be good for the Proteas to bypass.
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
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After winning the toss, Faf du Plessis made a debatable decision of batting first, given that the pitch would offer some assistance to the quicker bowlers in the first 10 overs. 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 was then brought into the attack, who showed a lot of control as compared to fellow wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav. Chahal broke the back of the South African middle order, picking up four wickets, conceding runs at a miserly economy of 5.10.
A 50+ run partnership between Andile Phehlukwayo and Chris Morris provided some respectability to the South African total of 227, which was still sub-par, but one of those in-between totals, which can turn out to be tricky if the opposition can pick up a couple of wickets upfront.
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.
In the absence of quality bowlers to back up the good work of the new ball bowlers, 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.
It was very uncharacteristic to see MS Dhoni being dismissed with the target well in sight. Hardik Pandya then came in to slam three fours nonchalantly and take India to a six wicket win.
South Africa- Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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