India vs SA: India breaks the jinx; defeats South Africa by 130 runs in cricket World Cup

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Melbourne | Updated: February 23, 2015 9:36:20 AM

India vs South Africa: After years of struggle, India has finally broken their jinx by crushing South Africa...

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africaLive cricket score, India vs SA: India?s Mohammed Shami reaches to take a catch to dismiss South Africa?s Hashim Amla during the Cricket World Cup match at the MCG. Reuters

India vs South Africa: After years of struggle, India has finally broken their jinx by crushing South Africa in the ICC World Cup by 130 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground here today. It is India’s maiden victory against the Proteas.

India’s Shikhar Dhawan steered India to a stupendous win by scoring 137 off 146 balls. He was well supported by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane .

Dhawan’s well-matched partner Virat Kohli got dismissed for 46 by South Africa’s Imran Tahir. But Shikhar Dhawan managed to establish solid stronghold on the game. Determined not to let the momentum fizzle, he slammed hundred off 122 balls and put India on course for big total.

Dhawan’s excellent knocks came to an end as he fell for 137 runs in 43.4 overs.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for 46 when he bashed a full toss off Tahir straight to Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket. Dhawan and Kohli’s partnership was broken after 127 runs.

The match began on a positive note for India as Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first.

India lost five wickets for 41 runs after sailing comfortably at 261 for two, but still managed to score 80 runs off the last 10 overs.

As for South Africa, who were chasing a stiff target of 308, were bowled out for 177. They began well but lost both their openers within the first 10 overs.

Quinton de Kock (7) was the first to depart after being caught by Virat Kohli off Mohammed Shami in the fourth over. Hashim Amla too performed well till Mohit Sharma led him into a pull that was well taken by Shami near the fence.

India faced tough fight from AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, who were all set to repair damage and rebuild the score, however De Villiers was run out for 30 in the 23rd over. While his fall left the Proteas nervous, it served as energy booster for team India. The team continued to strike harder.

Plessis was caught for 55, Duminy fell to R Ashwin for just six while big-hitting Miller could only manage 22.

Over 86,000 cricket fans cheered for their respective teams at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today. But over 70% of the crowd had eyes and prayers for only India as they watched their countrymen play.

Before the match even ended, the verdict was evident. Clearly this day belonged to India and especially to India’s Shikhar Dhawan.

Live: India vs South Africa Cricket World Cup match

4:10 PM: SA score: 161/9 in 37.2 Overs. By then India was 195/2

4:05 PM: Steyn falls

4:04 PM: SA score: 158/8 in 36.6 overs

3:58 PM: SA score: 153/7 in 34.0 Overs. Crowd bursts into cheers as Philander falls for a duck.

3:54 PM: SA score: 153/6 in 33.5 Overs

3:35 PM: Ashwin strikes now as Duminy falls

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africaA South African fan holds up his national flag during their Cricket World Cup pool B match against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. Reuters

3:25 PM: SA team brings in JP Duminy as Faf du Plessis leaves the field.

3:24 PM: Mohit Sharma dismisses the dangerous du Plessis with his first delivery of the over. Du Plessis charges down the track and hits it straight to Shikhar Dhawan at mid-off. South Africa: 142-4.

3:24 PM: Mohit Sharma once again strikes hard and Faf du Plessis is out! He falls for 55.

3:23 PM: Faf du Plessis hit five fours in his 55-run knock that came off 71 balls

3:23 PM: SA score: 133/4 in 28.1 Overs; India was at 138/2 at this point.

3:15 PM: Du Plessis takes a single off Ashwin to bring up his 13th ODI fifty. South Africa: 121-3.

 

3:00 PM: SA: South Africa lose their skipper who pays the price for going for a risky second run. MS Dhoni collects Mohit Sharma’s throw from sweeper cover to remove the bails and the third umpire confirms de Villiers was short of his crease. South Africa: 108-3.

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africaA Indian fan waves a flag ahead of their Cricket World Cup pool B match against South Africa in Melbourne. Reuters

2:55 PM: Du Plessis displays nimble footwork, hitting Ravichandran Ashwin for two boundaries in the over to take his team past 100. South Africa: 107-2.

2:46 PM: SA: 77/2 in 17.3 overs; by this time India was at 70/1.

2:46 PM: Yadav returns for a second spell and is hit for two boundaries by Faf du Plessis in an 11-run over. South Africa: 74-2

2:45 PM: SA: 70/2 in 16.5 Overs

2:25 PM: After three tight overs, AB de Villiers hits Sharma’s last two deliveries for boundary. South Africa: 61-2.

2:23 PM: South Africa reach 61/2 in 15 overs

2:23 PM: India’s master blaster Sachin Tendulkar wishes Team India good luck.

2:22 PM: Mohit Sharma dismisses Amla with a short delivery which the batsman tries to pull but only manages to top-edge. Shami takes a well-judged catch over his head. South Africa 43-2.

2:20 PM: Mohit Sharma’s excellent bowling costs SA a wicket and Hashima Amla is now out of the field.

2:15 PM: SA: 40/2 in 10.2 Overs

2:10 PM: South Africa reach 38/1 after 10 overs with Amla (22) and Du Plessis (5) in the middle.

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africaIndia?s Virat Kohli, back to camera celebrates the wicket of South Africa?s Quinton de Kock during their Cricket World Cup pool B match in Melbourne. AP

2:00 PM: SA: 28/1 in 8.1 Overs

1:55 PM: SA: 20/1 in 6.4 Overs

1:41 PM: Mohammed Shami gives India breakthrough with a fuller delivery that de Kock drives to Virat Kohli who takes a low catch at mid-off. South Africa 12-1.

1:40 PM: First fall for South Africa by Mohammed Shami. Quinton De Kock out. South Africa 12/1 in 14 overs

1:30 PM: Umesh Yadav bangs his second delivery short and Quinton de Kock went for a hook but manages a top-edge that went one bounce to the boundary. South Africa: 6 for no loss.

1:25 PM: The match resumes with India setting a target of 308 for South Africa

12:55 PM:  India finish on 307/7 in 50 overs vs South Africa

12: 45 PM: Score: 302/7 in 49 overs

12:45 PM: Mohammad Shami hits Steyn for a boundary through long leg but India manage only five runs off a tight over

12:42 PM: Ravichandran Ashwin takes three runs off Morkel’s fourth delivery to take India past the 300-mark. Dhoni falls immediately, caught behind off a short delivery.

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12:40 PM: 48th over – De Villiers ends Ravindra Jadeja’s brief stay with a direct throw at the non-striker’s stumps after the batsman set off for a risky single. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hits Parnell for three successive boundaries which unsettles the bowler who follows up with a wide delivery.

12:38 PM: 46th over – Rahane hits his third six, hitting Steyn over mid-off but is trapped leg before by the next, trying to hit it through leg side. India: 278-5.

12:34 PM: 45th over – Substitute fielder Rilee Rossouw drops Raina at deep square leg but redeems himself two balls later, taking a chest high catch to send back the batsman. India: 271-4.

12:32 PM: Dhawan falls after making 137, trying to pull a short Parnell delivery only to find Amla at long leg. Next man in Suresh Raina opens his account with a boundary. India: 266-3.

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South Africa?s Hashim Amla takes a catch to dismiss India?s Shikar Dhawan during their Cricket World Cup pool B match in Melbourne. AP

12:30 PM: Shikhar Dhawan falls for 137. India 261/3 in 43.4 overs

12:20 PM: Dhawan picks Steyn’s slower delivery and sends it over mid-on for a flat six. Steyn bangs the next one short and Dhawan guides it over the wicketkeeper’s head to register his highest ODI score. India 227-2.

12:15 PM: Ajinkya Rahane hits a six

12:14 PM: Score: 237/2 in 41 overs

12:07 PM: Score: 236/2 in 40.5 Overs

12:02 PM: Morkel’s second delivery rises alarmingly but no harm to Rahane, who responds with two boundaries in the over. India: 214-2.

11:57 AM: 200 up for India in 36.3 overs. Dhawan takes control of the match

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africaIndia?s Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his hundred runs with teammate Ajinkya Rahane, back to camera during their Cricket World Cup pool B match against South Africa in Melbourne, Australia. AP

11:57 AM: Rahane hits a wide Parnell delivery to backward point boundary. Dhawan reaches his seventh ODI century with a boundary off the final delivery of the over. India: 183-2.

11:57 AM: Shikhar Dhawan reaches his highest score in ODIs. Hits a six

11:30 AM: Shikhar Dhawan smashes his way to 100; India score 183/2

11:07 AM: Next man in Ajinkya Rahane pulls Parnel for a boundary and edge eludes wicket keeper de Kock for another four. India 170-2.

11:06 AM: Kohli dismissed for 46 when he bashes a full toss off Tahir straight to Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket. Partnership with Dhawan broken after 127 runs. India: 138-2.

11:05 AM: Another wicket lost – A shocked Kohli leaves the field

11:00 AM: Steyn growls his displeasure at team mate Faf du Plessis when the fielder gives up a second run from overthrows in the over with a deflection from a needless throw at the stumps. India: 123-1.

10:53 AM: Score: 123/1 in 25 overs.

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africa, ind vs sa, virat kohli, shikhar dhawanIndia?s Shikhar Dhawan (R) celebrates with team mate Virat Kohli after reaching his fifty runs, during the Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Reuters

10:42 AM: Shikhar Dhawan keeps the momentum and hits four back to back. The 100-run stand between Dhawan and Kohli comes up. India 111/1 in 23.2 overs.

10:30 AM: Huge pro-India crowd roars as their team given a free hit when Parnell adjudged to have no-balled, a decision shown to be wrong by the television replay. Kohli smacks the bowler for two runs. India: 94-1

10:24 AM: India at 67/1 in 16 overs

10:22 AM: Tahir hits Dhawan on the front pad and South Africa appeal heartily after the deflection pops up in the air and is caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. The appeal is turned down and South Africa mull a review but decide against it. India: 70-1.

10:20 AM: Dhawan again hits a four. Its 56/1 in 14 overs

10:16 AM: Shikhar Dhawan smashes 50 in 70 balls

09:55 AM: Seamer Morne Morkel introduced into the attack and Dhawan, looking increasingly comfortable, slices him over point to the fence. India: 36-1.

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africa, ind vs sa, virat kohli, shikhar dhawanLive cricket score, India vs South Africa: Shikhar Dhawan smashes 50 in 70 balls. (AP)

09:48 AM: SA: Imran Tahir replaces JP Duminy in bowling.

09:47 AM: Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli fight their way through. India 36/1 in 9.4 overs

09:45 AM: Score stands as :  India 32/1 in 9 overs

09:44 AM: SA: JP Duminy comes in place of Dale Steyn. This is the first change in South Africa bowling

09:44 AM: With Steyn proving a handful, Dhawan and number three batsman Virat Kohli go after Vernon Philander, each smacking a boundary to take 10 runs off the seamer. India: 29-1.

09:43 AM: India reach 23/1 in 7.1 overs; Virat Kohli smashes the boundary

09:37 AM: Shikhar Dhawan finds his foot. Crosses the boundary for the 2nd time

09:30 AM: Shikhar Dhawan for 4. Score 19/1 in 6.3 overs

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africa, ind vs sa, virat kohli, shikhar dhawanIndia?s Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. (Reuters)

09:30 AM: Generating express pace, Steyn softens up Shikhar Dhawan with some short-pitched bowling and the opener clumsily checks a pull shot that falls just shy of a diving Wayne Parnell at short mid-wicket. India 10-1.

09:29 AM: Virat Kohli gets off the mark. Score 12/1 in 5.2 overs

09.30 AM: Score 10/1 in 5 overs

9:16 AM: A terrible mix-up between India’s openers and a brilliant piece of fielding by South Africa captain AB de Villiers results in Rohit Sharma trudging off with a six-ball duck. De Villiers’ direct hit, from over 20 metres and almost perpendicular to the wicket, has a stumbling Sharma a foot short of his ground. India: 9-1.

09.15 AM: 9 for 1 in 3 overs for SA

09:13 AM: Rohit Sharma trips. India lose first wicket.

live cricket score, live score, cricket score, india vs south africa, ind vs sa, virat kohli, shikhar dhawanDale Steyn celebrates as India losses 1st wicket. Reuters

09:57 AM:  India 45/1 in 12 overs

09.12 AM: Scores stand as: India 5 for no loss after 2 overs

09.10 AM: Shikhar Dhawan scores a four.

09: 07 AM: Vernon Philander shares the new ball with Steyn

9.04 AM: Dale Steyn bowls excellent maiden over as India yet to open an account

8:55 AM: Anthems are sung before the match kicks off

8.30 AM: India win toss and elect to bat against South Africa

Squads

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel and Stuart Binny.

South Africa: AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, JP Duminy, Farhan Behardien, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott, Rillee Russouw, Aaron Phangiso, Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (England) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan).

An Indian supporter, with his face painted and wearing colourful glasses, arrives before the start of the Cricket World Cup against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) An Indian supporter, with his face painted and wearing colourful glasses, arrives before the start of the Cricket World Cup against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Reuters

Shikhar Dhawan brought up an assured and stylish century as India shrugged off an early setback to post a challenging total of 307-7 against South Africa in a Pool B World Cup match Sunday.

A.B. de Villiers gave South Africa a promising start after India won the toss and elected to bat, scoring a direct hit on the stumps after a diving stop, catching Rohit Sharma well out of his crease and yet to score in the third over.

After a lackluster test and one-day series in Australia, Dhawan treated South Africa’s much-vaunted bowling attack with disdain as he placed his shots around the Melbourne Cricket Ground at will to reach 137 — the highest ever individual World Cup score against South Africa.

Dhawan and Virat Kohli set about restoring India’s platform with some stylish stroke play from either end of the crease in a 127-run second wicket partnership.

An Indian supporter holds up a sign before the start of the Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Reuters An Indian supporter holds up a sign before the start of the Cricket World Cup match against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Reuters

Kohli made an attractive 46 before succumbing to the spin of Imran Tahir (1-48), clipping the ball straight to the chest of Faf du Plessis at short mid-wicket.

Ajinkya Rahane had 79 off 60 balls and shared a 125-run partnership with Dhawan for the fourth wicket.

Dhawan dictated play, defying both pace and spin to smash 16 boundaries and two sixes off 146 balls, having survived a chance earlier in his innings when Hashim Amla turfed a difficult attempt at backward point.

He fittingly raised his century with a four through point off Wayne Parnell, raising his bat with outstretched arms and looking skyward to a standing ovation and the sustained roar of an appreciative crowd.

The 137 by Dhawan, who fell when he lofted a shotball from Parnell to Amla at long leg, eclipsed the previous highest World Cup score against South Africa of 134 by New Zealand’s Stephen Fleming in 2003.

The game was a home match for India, as more than 80,000 — mainly Indian — fans turned the MCG into a sea of the team’s blue, punctuated only by Indian flags waving around the stadium.

 

South Africa's Dale Steyn (C) celebrates with team mates, after India's Rohit Sharma (L) was run out for a duck, during their Cricket World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), February 22, 2015. (Reuters)South Africa?s Dale Steyn (C) celebrates with team mates, after India?s Rohit Sharma (L) was run out for a duck, during their Cricket World Cup match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), February 22, 2015. (Reuters)

 

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