ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit, Chahal shine as India beat South Africa by 6 wickets

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Updated:Jun 08, 2019 5:54:26 pm

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.

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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.

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ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019The Rose Bowl, Southampton 19 September 2019

South Africa 227/9 (50.0)

vs

India 230/4 (47.3)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 8 ) India beat South Africa by 6 wickets

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Highlights

    23:07 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    India begin their World Cup campaign with a win!
    22:44 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    India win by 6 wickets

    India beat South Africa by 6 wickets. Hardik Pandya scores the winning runs. India will play their next game against Australia on 9th June.

    22:40 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Hardik smashes 2 boundaries back to back

    Hardik Pandya looks to finish the match in a hurry as he smashes two boundaries of Morris. 

    22:37 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Dhoni Gone! is there a twist in the tale?

    Morris gets Dhoni! is this the opening that South Africa needs to win. 

    22:35 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    5 off the over

    India needs 15 more runs to win. Who will hit the winning shot?

    22:31 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    20 runs needed in 30 balls

    Dhoni and Sharma will look to the end the game as early. 

    22:29 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Four! Rohit Sharma smashes Tahir

    Rohit Sharma is looking to finish the game off in style.  

    22:20 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Dhoni and Sharma will need to increase the run rate

    MS Dhoni and Sharma will now look to shift gears as India would like to close the game with a good margin. The run rate can play an important role in the tournament. 

    22:11 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rohit Sharma slams first century of the tournament

    Rohit Sharma smashes his first century of the tournament. Sharma has been instrumental in today's game. 

    22:10 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    54 needed off 57 balls

    India needs almost run a ball at this stage and it should be done comfortably if these two batsmen bat till the very end. 

    22:07 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    MS Dhoni looks in good form

    Dhoni is looking good today. He has been at ease on a wicket where almost all the batsmen have struggled. The experience of MS Dhoni will play a huge role in India's world cup campaign. 

    22:03 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Fans are eagerly waiting for Sharma's ton

    Rohit Sharma is being watchful and is taking his time to reach his hundred. Fans all across the world will be applauding this knock from him as this really is a difficult wicket to bat on. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has praised Sharma for being able to handle the pressure well  today. 

    21:58 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    FOUR! Dhoni smashes Morris for a boundary

    MS Dhoni looks in good touch now as he smashes Morris for a four. Dhoni has averaged above 44 against fast bowlers in the early part of his innings. 

    21:46 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rohit Sharma moving towards his 100

    Rohit Sharma has played a brilliant knock till now. Sharma has been patient today and has avoided playing any big shots. Rohit was looking in discomfort against Rabada and Morris in the beginning but got past that phase and helped India in keeping the scoreboard moving. 

    21:37 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    MS Dhoni has come out to bat

    Dhoni has come out to bat with Rohit Sharma as India look to take the game away from South Africa. Sharma has played a good knock today and it will be important for him bat till the very end. 

    21:30 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    MSD has arrived at the crease

    MS Dhoni has come to bat after Rahul's dismissal. Dhoni will be the key for Indian here.

    21:27 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rahul GONE!

    KL Rahul gone for 26! Rabada strikes to break the partnership.  

    21:09 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Former England Captain heaps praises for Bumrah and Kohli

    Jasprit Bumrah was in really good form and the former England captain was all praise for him. 

    21:04 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    India vs South Africa Live Score

    Morris has bowled 28 dot balls in the last 5 overs which shows how good this wicket is for the bowlers. Rahul and Rohit have done well in this situation to make sure that India builds a partnership. 

    20:54 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Watch: Quinton De Kock's blinder to get rid of Kohli

    Here is how Virat Kohli got out!

    20:51 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rohit Sharma hits fifty!

    Rohit Sharma smashes first fifty of the tournament. India will be hoping that Rohit can continue like this throughout the match. 

    20:49 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Six! Sharma takes on Shamsi

    Rohit Sharma hits Shamsi for a six

    20:46 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    South Africa must be missing Ngidi and Steyn

    Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi could have played crucial roles in today's match for the Proteas today. With the ball moving around they could have surely been a deadly bowling unit.  Faf Du Plessis will be hoping that Morris and Rabada can pick as many wickets as possible for them. 

    20:41 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Shamsi and Tahir will have to pick wickets

    Imran Tahir and Shamsi will have to pick wickets today as wickets at regular intervals will keep them in the hunt today.  

    20:28 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will have to be watchful

    KL Rahul will have to play an important knock in today's game.  The Indian captain Virat Kohli has shown faith in him and has given him the job of the number 4 India. Virat will be hoping Rahul comes good.  Rohit has been there for sometime and being the senior player he should anchor the innings from here on. 

    20:15 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Virat Kohli Gone!

    Phehlukwayo gets rid of Virat Kohli! Big Blow for India 

    20:01 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rohit Sharma survives again!

    Rohit Sharma survives again! LBW shout against him goes down as reviews give it as umpires call. 

    19:46 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Virat Kohli vs Kagiso Rabada

    Virat Kohli and Kagiso Rabada are undoubtedly two of the best cricketers of this generation. They have played against each other 11 times in One Day Internationals. Kohli has managed to come out on top most of the times. Recently, Rabada called Kohli immature for not being able to take abuses. It will be interesting to see how Kohli reacts in today's match. 

    19:40 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Maiden over from Morris

    Chris Morris is bowling beautifully as he bowls the first maiden of the match. 

    19:32 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Shikhar Dhawan gone!

    Rabada Strikes! Gets Dhawan for 8 in 12 balls. 

    19:31 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rohit Sharma on the brink of another record

    Rohit Sharma is 74 runs away from becoming  the 9th Indian to score 12,000 runs in International cricket. 

    19:20 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rabada and Chris Morris keeping it tight

    Rabada and Chris Morris have been started well for the South Africans. The ball is moving a bit and edges are flying. 

    19:16 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Rohit Sharma Dropped!

    Rohit Sharma dropped on 1 by Du Plessis off Rabada's bowling.

    19:10 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    India are underway

    Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have come out to the middle as India chase 228 against South Africa in their World Cup opener. Proteas skipper has handed the new ball to leggie Imran Tahir. 

    18:40 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    India need 228 to win

    Virat Kohli and his team will need 228 runs to win the match against South Africa. 

    18:36 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bhuvi Strikes! Gets his first wicket!

    Bhuvi strikes! gets rid of Morris in the final over of the match. Chris Morris scored an impressive 42 runs off 34 balls to help South Africa cross the 200 run mark. 

    18:28 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Morris and Rabada are keeping South Africa alive

    Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris have managed to keep South Africa alive with valuable knocks towards the end of the innings. 

    18:25 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bumrah saves Kohli's record

    Jasprit Bumrah stopped Hashim Amla from breaking Virat Kohli's record as he dismissed him cheaply.  Virat's record of scoring the fastest 8,000 runs in one-day internationals was in danger of being breached — by his old nemesis Hashim Amla. However, Amla was stopped today by Jasprit Bumrah.

    18:21 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    South Africa reach 200

    Rabada and Morris help South Africa reach the 200 run mark.

    18:18 (IST)05 Jun 2019
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah live up to expectations

    Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were able to utilise the conditions well during the early stages of the match. The ball was swinging and doing a bit at the beginning which proved to be a huge factor for the early wickets that the South Africans lost.  We have seen in the past how big a role the weather plays during matches in England. 

    South Africa World Cup Squad: Faf Du Plessis (captain), Quinton De Kock (wicket-keeper), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Notrje, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Andile Phelukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius.India World Cup Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja,