India produced a clinical performance with the bat and ball to beat South Africa by six wickets in the 8th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 played at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. Virat Kohli and co. have started their campaign on a perfect start after a comprehensive win over South Africa in their opening fixture.
Pace bowler Jaspreet Bumrah and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal delivered excellent spells to see South Africa post a below-par score of 227 runs in 50 overs. In reply, opening batsman Rohit Sharma produced a scintillating century to steer his side to a comfortable win over South Africa.
With this result, South Africa have now their first three games of the tournament and will need to remaining games in order to qualify for the semifinals of the showpiece event.
Jaspreet Bumrah certainly set the tone for India with the new-ball in overcast condition and dismissed Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in the initial Powerplay overs. Captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen led the recovery for South Africa and put on a 54-run partnership.
Rassie van der Dussen played a reckless shot to see Yuzvendra Chahal pick his first wicket of the innings. He scored 22 off 37 balls. Du Plessis could not last longer as he was completely outfoxed by a quicker delivery produced by Chahal to see South Africa placed at 80 for 4 after 20 overs.
Middle-order batsman JP Duminy’s poor run of form continued as Kuldeep Yadav trapped him in front of stumps to see South Africa reeling at 89 for 5 after 23 overs. David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo added 46 runs to see South Africa cross 100-run mark in their innings. Miller once again failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 34 off 40 balls. Chahal dismissed Miller to see South Africa lose their sixth wicket in the 36th over.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma smashed a century to help India register a comfortable win over South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Chris Morris smashed two sixes off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal to score some quick runs for South Africa. He added 66 runs with Kagiso Rabada to help South Africa post 227 runs in their 50 overs. Morris played well and scored 42 off 34 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. He was well supported by Rabada, who chipped in with 31 off 35 balls.
Chasing 228 runs to win, Kagiso Rabada produced a fiery opening spell to see Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma take a conservative approach in the initial Powerplay overs. Dhawan was the first to be dismissed as Rabada provided early breakthrough for South Africa.
Indian Captain Virat Kohli was dismissed as he edged a wide delivery to de Kock off the bowling of Andile Phehlukwayo. He scored 18 off 34 balls with the help of one boundary.
Rohit Sharma produced a brilliant century given the conditions prevalent in Southampton. He added crucial partnerships with Lokesh Rahul and MS Dhoni to see India dominate the proceedings. Sharma scored unbeaten 122 off 144 balls with the help of thirteen fours and two sixes.
Hardik Pandya smashed a quick-fire 15 runs off 7 balls to see South Africa complete the chase in the 48th over of the innings.