ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time: 05 June 2019
RR: 4.84 | India beat South Africa by 6 wickets
That's all we have from this match. India have opened their campaign with a thumping win while South Africa have suffered their third loss in as many games. On Thursday, Australia will be getting ready to face West Indies at Trent Bridge. The action begins at 1030 local (0930 GMT). We look forward to your company then. In the meanwhile, you can switch tabs to get all the updates from the Bangladesh versus New Zealand match. Cheers!
India skipper, Virat Kohli says the wait for the first game was very long. States this game was challenging and it was important to start off well. Tells that they did not win with a good run rate but the pitch was very challenging. Credits Rohit Sharma for his knock and praises the other batsmen for batting well around him. Adds they were going to bowl first had they won the toss as it is always tricky against the new balls initially. Stresses Bumrah is on another level and Chahal too was excellent. Mentions that after taking de Kock's catch, his hands were buzzing and that tells you how quick Bumrah was bowling. Says the first win is very important and they were confident in the field. Also adds that they were cautious with the bat as South Africa have a very good attack. Ends by once again praising Rohit and says that Rahul and Dhoni also batted nicely and Hardik finished it well.
South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis says India were magnificent on a tough pitch. Adds that the Men in Blue have a really good bowling attack comprising of fine pacers at the start and then quality spinners later on. Mentions they did well to crawl back after the start they had but then the Indian spinners ran through the middle order. Tells that they still did well to get back in the game, however, they needed someone to do what Rohit did, score a ton. States they picked an extra spinner so that they could attack later on but there weren't enough runs on the board. States that maybe Ngidi and Steyn would have made a difference in these conditions. Mentions Rabada was extremely unlucky and says he has never seen so many balls fall in no man's land. Adds Chris Morris was also very good with the ball. Admits the guys are hurting at the moment but they are still making mistakes all the time. Ends by saying the batsmen need to convert their starts.
Man of the Match, Rohit Sharma says it is a different experience than playing in India. Mentions there was something for the bowlers, so he could not play his natural game. Further adds he could not play the shots he loves and he had to play close to his body and concentrate more on leaving deliveries initially. Stresses building partnerships were the key, especially on this wicket. States it is the role of the batsmen in the middle to get the job done as they can't rely on one or two batsmen all the time. Reminds that their batters have done it on a regular basis. Tells this is the beauty of playing in England, they are playing in early June, the weather is good and you don't sweat as you do in India. Ends by admitting that it was not a typical Rohit Sharma knock as he had to take his time and make sure that the job is done.
For South Africa, it was yet another dismal batting show. They were put to a stern test by the Indian pacers and then were made to dance on the tunes of Yuzvendra Chahal. The Proteas managed a total in excess of 200 eventually and that was largely possible due to the partnership between Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada. Not just batting, these two bowled with a lot of fire as well. They created many chances up front but didn't have luck going their way. The two wrist spinners, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi, failed to create the same impact that the Indian spinners managed and altogether it was not their day.
A smooth sail in the end for India as they cruise to a convincing win in their tournament opener! Chasing a target of 228 runs, they did lose Dhawan and Kohli quite cheaply but Rohit Sharma held one end strongly and stitched an 85-run stand with KL Rahul. South Africa managed to break that partnership and got an opening but MS Dhoni walked in and threaded yet another useful stand with Sharma to put this chase to bed. It turned out to be a really good game for Rohit, who after getting a life on 1, went on to stroke an unbeaten century.
Andile Phehlukwayo is back on.
Hardik Pandya arrives.
Chris Morris is back!
Slight disturbance near the sightscreen. There is someone trying to hide behind the advertising boards. But his head is still visible. Dhoni points that out before getting ready to take strike.
Imran Tahir is back on.
Kagiso Rabada is back on. He has 12 balls to get South Africa back into the game. Can he do something magical?
Tabraiz Shamsi is back!
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now a total of five fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the game.
Chris Morris is brought back into the attack, replacing Shamsi.
Andile Phehlukwayo is back for another spell.
Short leg moves to leg slip.
Tabraiz Shamsi has been brought back on.
Drinks break. India have the upper hand in this chase mainly due to the knock of Rohit Sharma and his partnership with KL Rahul. A wicket has just fallen but one would like to believe that India have enough firepower in their batting to get the remaining runs. MS Dhoni has arrived in the middle to partner Sharma. Two slips in place now.
Double change! Imran Tahir comes back on now, replacing Tabraiz Shamsi.
Kagiso Rabada returns into the attack. The last throw of the dice for South Africa. They need a breakthrough immediately here.
Chris Morris loses his run-up and will have to reload.
Chris Morris is back for another burst. A wide slip in place.
Time for the Chinaman! Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack now.
Drinks break. Going has been tough for India but they are hanging in there. Rohit Sharma survived the early moments and has settled down now. He holds the key for the Men in Blue in this chase with Virat Kohli already back in the pavilion. 166 needed still off 198 balls. The asking rate is not an issue and the Indian middle order just needs to concentrate on building partnerships. For South Africa, they can win this match only by bowling out the opposition. Let's see how their back-up bowlers fare in the middle overs, especially Tabraiz Shamsi.
KL Rahul walks out at number 4.
Review time! Rohit is caught on his front pad by this ball from Andile. Looked to the naked eye that it probably was going down leg. Let's see what the replays have to say!
Rabada taken off after 5 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo comes on to bowl now.
Imran Tahir is back into the attack.
Powerplay 2 begins! Now, South Africa can put a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli trots out to the middle at number 3!
Chris Morris to continue now. Rohit Sharma has been struggling so far. The good thing for India though is that the openers have survived the first 4 overs somehow!
Shikhar Dhawan changes his bat.
Just the one over for Imran Tahir with the new ball. Pace from this end now as well, Chris Morris is on.
Kagiso Rabada will bowl from the other end with the second new ball!
We are back for the chase! The South Africans are in a huddle. The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan make their way out to the middle. The left-hander will take strike and he will be facing Imran Tahir who has the first new ball in hand. They started off with him in the first game and he got immediate success. South Africa would love something similar. Here we go...