Rohit Sharma scored a gusty century as India began their ICC World Cup 2019 campaign with a 6-wicket win against South Africa. Rohit was adjudged the player of the match for his 122* off 114 balls. Rohit had to curb his natural flair on a difficult batting track in Southampton.
India lost KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli early but Rohit kept his cool and continued batting in a smart way. Dhoni played a supporting hand of 34 runs off 46 deliveries as India chased down 228 in 47.3 overs. India might have finished the game sooner, but the South African pacers, namely Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris, bowled a tight line and kepttroubling the batsmen with their pace and bounce.
For South Africa, everything went wrong from the start as skipper Faf du Plessis first surprised everyone by deciding to bat first and then dropped Rohit in the slips when he had barely got off the mark.
The Men in Blue were brilliant in the field and did not allow the South African batsman to score big runs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah kept things tight and gave India early breakthroughs. They were backed well by spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal took 4 wickets for 51 runs in 10 overs and was the pick of the bowlers.
South Africa top order struggled once again and they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Du Plessis was looking good but failed to seize the moment. Hashim Amla’s return to the team also failed to make an impact, as he was dismissed by Bumrah early on. However, late strikes from Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada helped the Proteas reach 227.
India will next face Australia on June 09, 2019. India have hit the ground running and would want to continue their good form against Australia.