ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

South Africa vs India - Match 8

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date & Time: 05 June 2019

India 230/4

RR: 4.84 | India beat South Africa by 6 wickets

commentary

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.

47.3
4
A Phehlukwayo to H Pandya, FOUR! Hardik Pandya finishes it off in style! Slightly short and outside off, he cuts it through point. No chance for Tahir this time. Customary handshakes taking place as INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
47.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to H Pandya, Another bouncer! This time it is called a wide as it bounces too high. Two needed now.
47.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to H Pandya, A short one, Pandya lets it go through to the keeper.
47.1
2
A Phehlukwayo to H Pandya, Great commitment shown by Tahir. Pandya guides this through point. Tahir makes a lot of ground to his left, dives and pushes it back in. The batters only get two.

Andile Phehlukwayo is back on.

46.6
1
C Morris to H Pandya, A single now! Pushes this through covers and takes one. 5 needed.
46.5
4
C Morris to H Pandya, FOUR! Make that 6! Through the leg side this time. Pandya stands tall and takes on the challenge of pulling this short ball. Does it very fine and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He wants to end it in a hurry.
46.4
4
C Morris to H Pandya, FOUR! Off the mark in style! Short and outside off, Hardik stands tall and slashes it past point and it races away to the fence. 10 needed now.
46.3
0
C Morris to H Pandya, On a length and around off, Pandya strokes it to covers.
46.2
1
C Morris to R Sharma, Back of a length on off, Rohit guides it down to third man for one.

Hardik Pandya arrives.

46.1
0
C Morris to MS Dhoni, OUT! The finisher, Dhoni, walks back before finishing the game. However, his partnership with Rohit Sharma has taken India to the brink of victory. South Africa, on the other hand, finally hang onto one catch. Morris bowls the slower one outside off, Dhoni looks to go big but is done in by the pace. He ends up hitting it high up in the air towards the bowler's end. Morris calls for it and takes. Collides with the stumps and falls over after taking the catch. Does well to keep the ball in his left hand. Something to rejoice for the South Africans.

Chris Morris is back!

45.6
1
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, Dhoni makes room and Rabada bowls it outside off, Dhoni reaches for it and just about gets bat on ball. He hits it over point for one. 15 needed in 4 overs now.
45.5
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, Bangs it short and on the body, Rohit pulls it towards fine leg for one.
45.4
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, That stayed very, very low. Short and outside off, Rohit looks to cut but it goes off the bottom towards cover.
45.3
1
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, A single! That will do for India as Dhoni works it through mid-wicket.
45.2
2
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, Top edge but safe! A good effort in the field by Shamsi but won't make a difference now. Short and on the body, Dhoni looks to pull but gets a top edge which goes towards fine leg. Shamsi runs to his right and then dives, saves two for his side.
45.1
0
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, Back of a length on off, Dhoni pushes it to covers.

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.

44.6
1
I Tahir to MS Dhoni, On middle and leg, worked in the gap at mid-wicket for one. 10 from the over, 20 more needed.
44.5
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Sharma has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
44.4
4
I Tahir to R Sharma, FOUR! Superb execution again from Rohit Sharma. Receives a full ball on middle and immediately goes down on one knee to sweep it sweetly through square leg. The umpire standing there lifts his right leg and makes way for the racing ball.
44.3
1
I Tahir to MS Dhoni, Tossed up ball outside off, Dhoni strokes it through the line, a bit uppishly but wide of the diving extra cover fielder for a run at long off.
44.2
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Leans forward to a full ball and knocks it down through mid on for a run.
44.1
2
I Tahir to R Sharma, Tahir starts with a long hop outside off, Rohit whacks it to deep cover-point for a couple of runs. 200 up for India!

Imran Tahir is back on.

43.6
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, Sharma plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
43.5
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, A touch short and on middle, Sharma is on his toes as he keeps it out on the leg side.
43.4
4
K Rabada to R Sharma, FOUR! And Rohit just rubs it in with a boundary. Short ball outside off, Rohit sits on the back foot and ramps it over the keeper for a boundary.
43.3
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Miller drops a dolly! Rohit continues to ride his luck! Rabada manages to deceive the batsman with a slower short ball outside off, Sharma tries to pull it over the leg side but gets a big top edge. The ball balloons in the air, Miller settles underneath it at covers but fails to catch a very simple chance. Rabada just cannot believe his luck. Du Plessis is down on haunches. It's not their day.
43.2
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
43.1
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length ball on middle, Sharma sticks back to defend but it takes the bottom edge and rolls to the left of the keeper. Quinton immediately reacts and stops the ball near short fine leg.

Kagiso Rabada is back on. He has 12 balls to get South Africa back into the game. Can he do something magical?

42.6
2
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Goes on the back foot to a short ball and punches it to sweeper cover for a brace. 14 from the over, 35 needed more off 42 balls.
42.5
3
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Sharma is toying with the fielders here. This one is too full on leg, Rohit paddles it fine down the leg side and the fielder in the deep backward square leg region has to cover big yards to cut it off. Three taken.
42.4
4
T Shamsi to R Sharma, FOUR! Brilliantly done. Rohit kneels down, fetches a full ball from wide outside off and sweeps it behind square leg. It speeds away past the fielder inside the ring and finds the fence.
42.3
1
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Dhoni gives the charge to a full ball and hammers it down the ground. The long on fielder makes a tumbling stop and they cross for a run.
42.2
4
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Not from the middle of the bat but there is no protection in the deep on the off side and it has trickled past the rope. Shamsi is on the shorter side and Dhoni has slapped it through the line.
42.1
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Tossed up ball around leg, Dhoni stretches forward to defend but misses and it goes off his pads to covers.
41.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, A bit short and outside off, Sharma goes back and plays it down safely to point. 49 needed off 48 balls, first time the runs needed are more than the balls left.
41.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, Short and angling down the leg side, Dhoni fails to connect with his pull shot and it goes off his thigh pad to backward square leg. They cross for a leg bye. Under 49 needed now.
41.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, This time gets on the front foot but still finds the cover fielder after playing in that region.
41.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, Stays back to punch it to the off side, finds the cover fielder.
41.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
41.1
2
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, Short in length and outside off, pulled down to deep mid-wicket for a brace.

Andile Phehlukwayo is back on.

40.6
1
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
40.5
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Dropped by Markram (sub)! A late cut shot played by Dhoni goes closely towards first slip. Aiden reacts to his right but it brushes his hand and rolls towards point. MS gets a life!
40.4
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, 23rd ODI hundred for Rohit Sharma! He reaches there by using his wrists to play the flick shot. Once it beats the diving mid-wicket fielder, he crosses for a run. His teammates stand and applaud on the balcony. The crowd is making a lot of noise as well. The Hitman has arrived at the World Cup. Take a bow, Rohit Sharma. Even though it was not a tough chase, the Indian opener has endured the initial onslaught and from there on, has moved from strength to strength. The speciality of this innings has been how calm he has been even though he has played and missed a few. Just showed the composure that he needed. Time for him to see off the final phase as well.
40.3
2
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Uses his feet this time and cracks his drive through covers. Rabada in the deep makes a sliding stop and the batsmen take two. On 99 now, Rohit!
40.2
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Tossed up ball around off, Sharma defends it off his front foot to the off side. Just opened the face of his bat to do so.
40.1
1
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Presses forward to a full ball and strokes it past the bowler to long off for a run. The crowd is on its feet in anticipation of a century for Rohit Sharma who will be on strike now on 97.

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.

39.6
1
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Fetches a short ball from outside off and pulls it through square leg for a single. 57 needed off 60 balls.
39.5
2
C Morris to MS Dhoni, That's a brilliant stop! Morris on the shorter side outside off, Dhoni stays back in the comfort of his crease and punches it sweetly through covers. Tahir runs across to his right in the deep to make the stop and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
39.4
0
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Goes on his toes to a short ball and pushes it past the diving short extra cover fielder. But the mid off is quite square and he cuts it off.
39.3
0
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it back.
39.2
0
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Extra bounce and movement! Morris has extracted that quite a few times from this track. This one nips back in from a good length and pings Dhoni on his thigh pad. It rolls towards point and there is a confusion over a run. Not taken in the end.
39.1
0
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Good length ball outside off, Dhoni pushes it with an angled bat to covers.
38.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, A back foot punch by Dhoni and it travels to sweeper for another single in this over. Doing it with ease, India.
38.5
1
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Feeds room outside off, the length is on the shorter side, Rohit steers it down to third man and rotates the strike.
38.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Too full in length around off, Rohit wristily pushes it down to mid on.
38.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, Slants in a length ball on off, Dhoni helps it out towards mid-wicket. The ball rolls to the left of the fielder inside the ring and MS quickly calls his partner through for a single.
38.2
1
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, A little bit of width on offer outside off, Sharma opens the face of his bat and runs it down to third man for one. Moves to 96!
38.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Hurls a length ball outside off, Rohit strides forward to cover the line and shoulders arms.
37.6
4
C Morris to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Boom! Morris bangs in a short ball on middle, Dhoni stands tall to get on top of the bounce and plays a rocketing pull shot through square leg for a boundary.
37.5
0
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Stifled appeal for an lbw! Morris gets a good length ball to shape back into the batsman from around off, Dhoni moves across a bit to play it but misses. He is hit on the pads, they appeal but nothing from the umpire. Maybe, the impact is outside off.
37.4
1
C Morris to R Sharma, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
37.3
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Nearly kissed the gloves! Short in length and on middle, Rohit tries to hook but misses and it goes perilously close past his gloves.
37.2
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Drops it on a good length outside off, some extra bounce there, Rohit stays back and pats it down from the upper half of his bat to point.
37.1
1
C Morris to MS Dhoni, Shortish and outside off, a solid back foot punch by Dhoni to sweeper cover for a run.

Chris Morris is brought back into the attack, replacing Shamsi.

36.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
36.5
4
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, FOUR! Slapped down the ground! Back of a length delivery outside off, Rohit rocks on the back foot and flat-bats it to the long off fence. A bit like a tennis forehand, would have been handy in the French Open going on!
36.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it back to the bowler.
36.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Finds point again. A little bit of width on offer outside off, Rohit cuts from the back foot but straight to Duminy. He makes a half stop and hurts his fingers also.
36.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Yorker outside off, Sharma brings his bat down in time and keeps it out to the off side.
36.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Lands it on a length and outside off, Rohit gets on the front foot and pushes it with an angled bat to point.

Andile Phehlukwayo is back for another spell.

35.6
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, BEATEN! Dhoni looks to cut but this ball was a little too full to do so. He gets beaten.
35.5
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Another single as this is pushed through covers for one.
35.4
1
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, The googly, Dhoni picks it and guides it through point for one.

Short leg moves to leg slip.

35.3
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, On the pads, Dhoni works it to square leg.
35.2
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Fuller on off, Rohit now strokes it down to long off for one.
35.1
1
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Very full and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
34.6
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Stays on the back foot and strokes it to the right of the bowler. A diving effort by Tahir to complete the over.
34.5
1
I Tahir to MS Dhoni, Goes on the back foot and punches it through the line. Not much timing but it's in the gap at covers for a run. 150 comes up for India. 78 needed in 91 now.
34.4
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Leans forward to a full ball and knocks it down through mid off for another single in this over.
34.3
1
I Tahir to MS Dhoni, Tahir offers extra air this time but fails to land it. Dhoni takes it on the full and cracks it square of the wicket on the off side for one.
34.2
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Flatter and shorter on off, Sharma goes on the back foot and punches it to long off for one.
34.1
1
I Tahir to MS Dhoni, Advances down the track to a full ball and bunts it to long off for an easy run.
33.6
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Fullish and on the pads, clipped on the leg side but the mid-wicket fielder quickly stopped it.
33.5
1
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, This time Tabraiz tosses it up and lands it full on middle, Dhoni drives it down past the bowler to long on for a run.
33.4
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Quicker one, forced in on middle, Dhoni keeps it out from the crease towards mid-wicket.
33.4
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Wide! Turning down the leg side, Dhoni tries to flick but misses.
33.3
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Extra flight this time, it dips and lands full on middle, MS flicks it straight to mid-wicket. There is a short leg in place also, interestingly.
33.2
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Flatter and shorter on off, Dhoni goes on the back foot and punches it back to the bowler.
33.1
0
T Shamsi to MS Dhoni, Flighted ball landing full on off, Dhoni gets forward and pushes it to covers.

Tabraiz Shamsi has been brought back on.

32.6
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, A googly to end the over, Rohit is happy to block it.
32.5
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Tosses it up on middle, Rohit lunges and defends it out.
32.4
2
I Tahir to R Sharma, Shortish and outside off, Sharma crouches a bit and glides it wide of short third man for a couple of runs.
32.3
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Played to the point region by the batsman.
32.2
1
I Tahir to MS Dhoni, Walks forward and pushes a full ball down through mid on for a single.
32.1
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Comedy in the middle of the pitch! Rohit flicks a full delivery towards square leg and Dhoni sets off for a run. The Indian keeper batsman then hesitates but Rohit wants a single after seeing the misfield. MS is late in realizing that and eventually runs for the single.
31.6
0
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, Back of a length ball on off, Dhoni remains on the back foot and plays it down to point. A wicket maiden from Kagiso!
31.5
0
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
31.4
0
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, Angles in a length ball on middle, Dhoni covers the line and defends it back firmly.

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.

31.3
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, OUT! Rabada strikes to remove Rahul. The 85-run stand has been broken. Can South Africa still believe? They have another 88 runs to play with. A fuller length ball around off, speared in at 137 kph, it probably holds up a bit after landing and Rahul is early into his shot. He ends up chipping it in the air and du Plessis takes the simplest of catches at mid off. A good responsible knock under pressure by KL but he would have loved to stay till the end and make his start count.
31.2
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Back of a length delivery outside off, shaping back in a bit after hitting the deck, Rahul watchfully sees the line, judges the movement and then makes a leave.
31.1
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Shortish and outside off, Rahul taps it down to point and screams 'wait on'.
30.6
2
I Tahir to R Sharma, Another couple! Floats it up outside off, Rohit once again opens the face of the bat and guides it past the right of point for two. 10 from the over. India cruising at the moment. 89 needed.
30.5
2
I Tahir to R Sharma, Plays the sweep shot through square leg and takes two.
30.4
1
I Tahir to KL Rahul, Flatter and outside off, Rahul pushes it through covers for one.
30.3
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Sharma eases it down to long off for a single.
30.2
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Flatter and on middle, Rohit keeps it out.
30.1
4
I Tahir to R Sharma, FOUR! Sliced away! Opens the face just at the end. Rohit leans into it and carves it behind square on the off side and it races away to the fence. Runs leaking now.
29.6
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length ball just outside off, it takes the middle of Rohit's angled bat and runs down to third man for a run. Not sure whether he intended to do so. Anyway, 6 runs from the over.
29.5
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
29.4
4
K Rabada to R Sharma, FOUR! Beauty, just beauty! A front foot pull shot is such a delight to watch. Ricky Ponting made that famous and Rohit is just carrying the legacy forward. Rabada digs in a short ball on off, Rohit picks the length in a trice and pulls it handsomely over mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep fails to get to it. 100 needed more!
29.3
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Nearly a drag on! A length ball outside off, Sharma presses forward to drive it through the line but gets a fat inside edge onto the pads.
29.2
1
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Back of a length ball on middle, Rahul eases his weight on the back foot and glances it behind square leg. De Kock runs after it to collect the ball and the batsmen take a single.
29.1
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Good length ball outside off, Rahul covers his stumps and allows it through.
28.6
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Flighted outside off, the batsman goes for the sweep but fails to connect it. 8 from the over, easy going at the moment for India.
28.5
4
I Tahir to R Sharma, FOUR! You just cannot afford to bowl there to this batsman. He will hit you every single time, even in his sleep. Tahir serves it short and wide outside off, Rohit latches onto it and smacks it behind point.
28.4
3
I Tahir to KL Rahul, A googly on the shorter side around off, Rahul shuffles across the stumps and pulls it past the short fine leg fielder. Rabada there tries to stop it with a dive but fails to do cleanly. The batsmen collect three runs.
28.3
0
I Tahir to KL Rahul, Strides forward to a full ball and drives it back to the bowler. The ever enthusiastic Tahir stops it with a dive.
28.2
0
I Tahir to KL Rahul, This one holds a bit after landing around off, Rahul tries to play through the line but it takes the inside edge and rolls behind square leg.
28.1
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Floated and full outside off, Sharma drives it square of the wicket on the off side and takes a single.

Double change! Imran Tahir comes back on now, replacing Tabraiz Shamsi.

27.6
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Sharp delivery. A touch short around off and jagging back in sharply. Rahul tries to defend from the crease but is hurried up and is hit on the thigh pad. Top over from Kagiso but no success.
27.5
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
27.4
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, Taps it down on the leg side and steals a single.
27.3
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Beaten comprehensively! You are never in against this bowler, doesn't matter how many runs you have scored in the innings. Rabada dishes out a shortish length ball outside off and gets it to nip back in. Rohit tamely pushes inside the line and it sneaks past the inside half of his bat.
27.2
1
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Edgy! Good length ball angling in from around off, Rahul goes back to defend but it takes the outside edge and runs wide of first slip for a single at third man.
27.1
0
K Rabada to KL Rahul, Starts a new spell with a good length ball outside off, Rahul covers his stumps and shoulders arms.

Kagiso Rabada returns into the attack. The last throw of the dice for South Africa. They need a breakthrough immediately here.

26.6
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Rohit has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 11 in the over, 18 in the last two. 115 needed more off 138 balls.
26.5
4
T Shamsi to R Sharma, FOUR! Lovely touch! Waited and waited and got plenty of bat on his square cut. Good awareness from Sharma. He picks the short ball early, spots his area, knew where the fielders are square of the wicket and places his shot to perfection behind point.
26.4
1
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Lunges to a full ball outside off and bunts it to the right of the backward point fielder for a run.
26.3
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Walks forward to a full ball and knocks it down to long on for one.
26.2
4
T Shamsi to R Sharma, FOUR! Really a bad delivery, full and way down the leg side, further spinning down, Rohit sits down on one knee and has no qualms in sweeping it behind square for a boundary. 50-run stand comes up!
26.1
1
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, A wrong 'un on the shorter side, around middle and off, Rahul moves back and forces it to long off for a run.
25.6
1
C Morris to KL Rahul, Calmly turns a length ball in the gap at mid-wicket and hands the strike to Rohit Sharma by picking a single.
25.5
4
C Morris to KL Rahul, FOUR! Wrong line and length, and Morris is punished. 100 comes up for India with that shot. Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Rahul swivels on the back foot with the pull shot, just uses the pace of the bowler and helps it down to fine leg. The fielder in the deep tries his best with a dive but it goes under him to find the fence.
25.4
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Lands it on a length and just outside off, Rahul strides forward and defends it softly to the off side. In no hurry. The required rate is well under 6.
25.3
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Fullish in length and closer to off stump, KL watchfully covers the line and blocks it to the off side.
25.2
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Angles in a length ball on off, Rahul gets behind the line and defends it to the off side.
25.1
1
C Morris to R Sharma, Good length ball on middle, Rohit works it on the leg side, finds the gap at mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
25.1
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Called a wide for height! Morris steams in and digs in a short ball. It goes well over the head of the batsman and de Kock uses every centimeter of his height to catch the ball over his head.
24.6
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Nicely tossed up ball on off, landing very full, Rohit forces it down to long off for a single.
24.5
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Flighted and on middle, turning in, Rohit gets forward to play straight but it spins in and takes the inside edge. Rolls behind square leg.
24.4
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Tossed up ball on middle, Rohit flicks it off his pads but finds square leg.
24.3
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Sharma has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
24.2
2
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Rush of blood there for Rohit! He jumps out of the crease to take it on the full and then swings his bat across the line. His bottom hand comes off the handle and it flies over mid-wicket. Falls in no man's land and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
24.1
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, A flatter delivery on off, spinning away, Rohit plays it out from the crease to covers.
23.6
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Sliding down the leg side, Sharma fails to flick and it goes behind off his thigh pad. They cross for a leg bye.
23.5
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Watchful this time. On a length and outside off, Rohit allows it through to the keeper.
23.4
0
C Morris to R Sharma, EDGED BUT SAFE! The reaction of Quinton de Kock says it all! Morris is bowling an excellent spell here. He lands a back of a length ball close to off stump, Rohit is forced to push inside the line but he does so with a soft bottom hand. As a result, the outside edge generated drops inches short of Hashim Amla at first slip. De Kock sees that and has his gloves on his face in disappointment.
23.3
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Some hint of inward movement there, on a fuller length around off, Sharma is on the front foot as he pushes it defensively to covers.
23.2
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Some extra bounce from a good length around off, Rohit jumps a bit on his back foot and keeps it out safely on the off side.
23.1
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Lands it on a good length around off, Sharma plays it down from the crease to point.

Chris Morris loses his run-up and will have to reload.

22.6
2
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Strides forward to a full ball and drives it in the gap at covers. The deep point fielder rushes across to his right to stop the ball and the batsmen have enough time to take two runs.
22.5
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, 42nd ODI fifty for Rohit Sharma! He reaches there with a soft push down to long on for a run. Excellent knock by him. He had his fair share of luck earlier (got dropped on 1) but has survived that period and is now going decently. Should look to finish this run chase for India. 139 more needed!
22.4
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Loopy delivery, landing full around off, Sharma lunges and pushes it gently to covers.
22.3
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Walks forward with a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
22.2
6
T Shamsi to R Sharma, SIX! Rohit has dumped this one into the mid-wicket stand. Fancy footwork shown by the Hitman! He hurries down to the pitch of the delivery and sends it packing. High and handsome.
22.1
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Full and flighted on off, driven off the front foot but straight to extra cover.
21.6
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, In the corridor of uncertainty, on a good length, Rahul guards his stumps and shoulders arms. Maiden from Morris, his second in this match.
21.5
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Play and a miss! A 141 kph short delivery on off, Rahul takes on the challenge to pull it but it bounces over his bat.
21.4
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Serves it closer to the off pole, on a length, KL is half forward in defense.
21.3
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Full and on middle, angling in, Rahul plays a well-timed flick shot but fails to find the gap at mid-wicket.
21.2
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Fractionally short and on off, Rahul goes on his toes and taps it down to point. His partner shows interest in a run but KL shouts a loud no.
21.1
0
C Morris to KL Rahul, Beauty to beat the bat! Morris steams in and lands a full ball around off, Rahul gets forward to play it with a straight bat but it straightens just a touch to miss the outside edge. Nearly kissed it.

Chris Morris is back for another burst. A wide slip in place.

20.6
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Very full and on middle, Sharma digs it out to covers. Dot ball to end the over. 146 needed off 174 balls.
20.5
1
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Almost hits the blockhole, KL squeezes it out down to long off and takes another run.
20.4
1
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Floated ball, too full and on middle, Rohit knocks it down past the diving bowler for a run at long off.
20.3
1
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Goes on the back foot to a shorter ball and eases it to long off for a run.
20.2
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Flighted and around leg, Rohit tries to sweep but misses. It goes off his pads to the right of the short fine leg fielder. A leg bye taken.
20.1
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Quicker one, on middle and off, Rohit defends it off his back foot.
19.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, A touch short again, outside off, Rohit dabs it down to third man and retains strike with a single. 10 from the over.
19.5
4
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, FOUR! Rohit just loves playing square of the wicket on both sides. This one is short and wide outside off, Sharma camps back and whacks it through point. The sweeper fielder gets across to his left but fails to cut it off.
19.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, Lands it up and outside off, Rahul leans forward and pushes it with gentle hands through covers for a single.
19.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, Angles in a good length ball around off, Rahul stays back footed and pushes it back in the direction of the bowler.
19.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, On a length around middle and off, it's defended off the back foot by KL.
19.1
4
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, FOUR! That's a fine shot! A gentle medium pace delivery, full and on middle, Rahul brings down a straight bat and sweetly punches it down the ground for a glorious boundary.
18.6
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Flatter and a shade quicker on off, Sharma defends it from the crease to the off side. Tidy start from Shamsi!
18.5
2
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Poor length this time. Shamsi goes short and wide outside off, Rohit hangs back and cuts it through backward point for a couple of runs.
18.4
0
T Shamsi to R Sharma, Flighted ball on leg, Rohit flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
18.3
1
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Loopy one, full and down the leg side, Rahul helps it to the right of the mid-wicket fielder and takes a single.
18.2
0
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Tossed up ball on off, fuller in length, KL should have played it from the front foot but keeps it out from the back foot. Needs to be careful.
18.1
0
T Shamsi to KL Rahul, Flatter one to begin the spell. It's on the leg stump line and Rahul plays it off his pads to mid-wicket.

Time for the Chinaman! Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack now.

17.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, A dot to end! Good length on off, it is kept out.
17.5
2
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, A little too short this time, Rohit pulls it nicely through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep gets around and keeps it down to two.
17.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Length and outside off, left alone.
17.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, That stays low! Short and outside off, Rohit looks to cut but the ball sneaks under his bat. De Kock does not stop it cleanly but no extra run taken.
17.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Length and on off, Rohit taps it towards point. Rahul wants a run but is sent back in time.
17.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, Length and outside off, Rahul guides it through cover-point and takes one.

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.

16.6
1
I Tahir to KL Rahul, Confusion again! Rahul this time pushes it towards cover. He wants a run but then Rohit does not respond immediately. He eventually goes for it. Faf picks the ball up and looks to throw it on the turn but loses his balance. The run in the end is completed easily. 8 from the over, a good one for India.
16.5
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Rohit now drops it towards cover and sets off. Rahul hesitates at first but then goes for it and completes it.
16.4
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Flighted ball on off, Rohit strokes it to covers.
16.3
1
I Tahir to KL Rahul, OHHH! On the stumps, Rahul looks to defend but the ball goes off the inner half towards short fine leg. A late call by Rohit for a run but no damage done.
16.2
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Now does the right thing by stroking it down to long on for one.
16.1
4
I Tahir to R Sharma, FOUR! Poor delivery! It is short and asking to be hit. Rohit goes back and pulls this through square leg for a boundary.
15.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, Back of a length and on off again, Rahul gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
15.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, This is angled into the batsman, Rahul works it to mid-wicket.
15.4
0
A Phehlukwayo to KL Rahul, Good length and outside off, Rahul lets it be.

KL Rahul walks out at number 4.

15.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, OUT! WHAT A CATCH THAT IS! Quinton de Kock, you beauty! Efforts like these, not only get you a wicket but surely lift the morale of the team. A huge, huge wicket for South Africa. They have India's best batsman, Virat Kohli. Not a great delivery this. It is short and wide outside off. Kohli looks to guide it down to third man but the extra bounce means the outside edge is taken. It lobs to the right of de Kock who flies like Superman and takes it with one hand. They needed this breakthrough and South Africa have got it. 174 more needed in 207.
15.2
4
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, FOUR! A little short and Kohli gets onto it quickly. He rocks back and pulls it, not off the middle but still hit well enough for the ball to race away to the fence.
15.1
0
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, Fuller and on middle, Kohli strokes it to mid on.
14.6
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat towards the leg side.
14.5
1
I Tahir to V Kohli, 50 up for India! Loopy and on middle, Virat clips it a bit aerially but safely through mid-wicket for one.
14.4
0
I Tahir to V Kohli, Tossed up ball on middle, Kohli lunges and pushes it towards short mid on.
14.3
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Leans forward to a full ball and strokes it through mid off for one.
14.2
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, A googly landing on off, Rohit goes on the back foot and defends it with the spin.
14.1
1
I Tahir to V Kohli, Gives it air and lands it on middle, Kohli strokes it down to long off and gets to the other end.
13.6
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Good length and outside off, Rohit shoulders arms to it. A tight over by Phehlukwayo.
13.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Played to the point region by the batsman.
13.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, Another single as Kohli works it through mid-wicket this time.
13.3
1
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Shorter and on the stumps, Rohit nudges it through mid-wicket for one.
13.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, A lapse of concentration there for Rohit. He feels for a ball which is way outside off, luckily for him, he gets beaten.
13.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, In the air... and safe again! Length and outside off, Kohli goes hard at it. The ball flies off the outer half, past point and down to third man for one.
12.6
1
I Tahir to V Kohli, A little more shorter and on the pads, Kohli works it towards mid-wicket and takes one.
12.5
0
I Tahir to V Kohli, The length is slightly behind this time, Kohli looks to defend but it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket.
12.4
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Another single as Rohit strokes it down to long off.
12.3
1
I Tahir to V Kohli, Gives it a lot of air on middle, Kohli whips it down to long on for one.
12.2
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Leans into it and pushes it through covers for one.
12.1
1
I Tahir to V Kohli, Very full and on off, Kohli jams it through covers for one.
11.6
1
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, Good connection this time. Width on offer outside off, Kohli forces it from the back foot to sweeper cover for one.
11.5
0
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, Short in length and outside off, Kohli pulls but mistimes it down to mid on. Looking a bit rusty, the Indian skipper.
11.4
1
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Drifting down the leg side, it's clipped through square leg for a run.
11.3
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, Shortish and outside off, Rohit mishits his square cut towards point.
11.2
0
A Phehlukwayo to R Sharma, NOT OUT! Umpire's call. Phehlukwayo serves a good length ball on middle and gets it to angle into the batsman. Rohit tries flicking it on the leg side but misses. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal but the umpire shakes his head. South Africa decide to review it. The Ultra Edge finds no inside edge, giving some hope to the Proteas, but the Ball Tracker shows it to be clipping the leg stump. Sharma survives and will continue.

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!

11.1
1
A Phehlukwayo to V Kohli, Starts with a short delivery on off, Virat strokes it to sweeper cover for one.

Rabada taken off after 5 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo comes on to bowl now.

10.6
1
I Tahir to V Kohli, A single to end as Kohli punches it down to long on for one.
10.5
0
I Tahir to V Kohli, Good fielding! Kohli smashes this towards the bowler, Tahir sticks one hand out and fields it.
10.4
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball, he eases it down to long on for one.
10.3
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Flatter again on off, Rohit waits for it and then guides it to point.
10.2
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, On the stumps, Rohit prods forward and defends it onto the ground.
10.1
0
I Tahir to R Sharma, Tosses it up on off, Rohit defends it.

Imran Tahir is back into the attack.

Powerplay 2 begins! Now, South Africa can put a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring.

9.6
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, Another short one and on the body, Rohit once again helps it on its way, this time to fine leg for one. End of Powerplay 1. It was a bumpy start for India but it is their side who will be happier after it. They are 34 for 1.
9.5
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Well left! This is just outside off, Rohit knows where his off stump is and shoulders arms to this one.
9.4
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Back of a length on off, Rohit guides it to point.
9.3
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Angled on the pads, Rohit looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
9.2
1
K Rabada to V Kohli, Almost plays it on! Back of a length on off, Kohli has a poke at it and the ball goes off the inside edge. Over the stumps and towards the left of the keeper for a run.
9.1
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length and outside off, Rohit plays it late and down to third man for one.
8.6
2
C Morris to V Kohli, A couple to end the over! Finally Kohli scores off his 12th ball against Morris. On the pads, he works it behind square on the leg side and takes a brace.
8.5
0
C Morris to V Kohli, 11 dots in a row now for Kohli! Don't think that will frustrate him though. On off, it is kept out.
8.4
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Second time in a row Kohli looks to run it down to third man but does not get it past gully.
8.3
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Kohli once again looks to guide it down to third man but fails to beat the gully fielder.
8.2
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Good length again, Kohli blocks it solidly.
8.1
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Stump-to-stump line. Kohli pushes it to mid on.
7.6
4
K Rabada to R Sharma, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Rohit has got into his own now. Short and wide outside off, Sharma stands tall and slashes it past point for a boundary. 15 from the over, all the pressure that was building has been released.
7.6
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, WIDE! Fantastic by de Kock! He saved four runs for his side. Short and down the leg side. Rohit looks to pull but misses. De Kock dives to his left and stops it. Not cleanly but ensures there are no extra runs.
7.5
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Solid as a rock! Gets right behind the line and defends it onto the ground.
7.4
4
K Rabada to R Sharma, FOUR! That biggie has probably got Rohit going! He now opens the face of the bat and guides it down to the third man fence. No fielder there so a boundary. 10 from the last two balls. Momentum shifting now.
7.3
6
K Rabada to R Sharma, SIX! Brilliant shot by Rohit Sharma! Just used the pace of the bowler brilliantly. It is short and on the body, Sharma helps it on its way and clears the backward square leg fence with ease.
7.2
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Loose, very loose from Rohit. This is slightly fuller and it is shaping away. Rohit goes fishing at it away from the body, gets beaten.
7.1
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length and on middle, Rohit defends it. Rabada collects it and throws it back to the keeper.
6.6
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Yes, it is! A maiden! Length and on middle, Kohli looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
6.5
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Just outside off, Kohli looks to run it down to third man but the fielder at gully dives and saves a run. 5 dots now, a maiden?
6.4
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Continues bowling it on a length and around off, Kohli defends it nicely. 4 dots.
6.3
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Good length and just outside off, left alone.
6.2
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Bowls it on middle, wants to hit the front pad of Kohli. He gets his bat down in time and pushes it to mid on.
6.1
0
C Morris to V Kohli, Solid! Length and on off, Kohli plants his front foot forward and defends it.
5.6
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, A low full toss to end! Once again does not get the yorker right. Sharma pushes it back to the bowler. End of a successful over for the South Africans, 1 run and 1 wicket off it. Rabada's figures read 3-0-3-1 now!
5.5
1
K Rabada to V Kohli, Kohli is off the mark! He pushes this towards mid off and gets to the other end quickly.
5.4
0
K Rabada to V Kohli, This is angled into the batter. Kohli strokes it to mid on again.
5.3
0
K Rabada to V Kohli, Looks to bowl a yorker but ends up bowling a full toss. Kohli mistimes it towards mid on.
5.2
0
K Rabada to V Kohli, Welcomes Kohli with a brute of a bumper. Virat does really well to duck under it.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli trots out to the middle at number 3!

5.1
0
K Rabada to S Dhawan, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Dhawan is out of here. A well-deserved wicket for Rabada. He could have easily had two by now but has to be happy with one at the moment. It is a length ball and on off, it angles away. Dhawan looks to flirt inside the line off the back foot but due to the angle, the ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the hands of de Kock. The South Africans are pumped up. Early wicket for them, just what they wanted.
4.6
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Another dot to end! Just a single from the over! Back of a length on off, Rohit pushes it to mid off.
4.5
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Well bowled! Once again gets it to straighten from off. Rohit looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards cover.
4.4
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Back of a length on middle, Rohit works it towards mid on.
4.3
0
C Morris to R Sharma, On the off pole and it is on a length. Rohit defends it onto the ground.
4.2
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Hits the length again but the line is outside off, left alone.
4.1
2
C Morris to R Sharma, Length and on off, Rohit pushes it through covers for a couple.

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.

3.6
0
K Rabada to S Dhawan, A part of bat comes off! A yorker at 146 KPH on off. Dhawan jams it out towards mid-wicket. A smile though on Dhawan's face. It may not be his favorite bat. Another testing over from Rabada comes to an end.
3.5
1
K Rabada to R Sharma, On the shorter side, Rohit pushes it through covers for one.
3.4
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Another one which goes past the outside edge. Not a lot you can do with that ball. Length and on off, it pitches and jags away. Rohit plays inside the line and gets beaten.
3.3
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, OUCH! This is angled into the leg pole. Rohit looks to play it with a closed face of the bat but it straightens and hits Rohit near the box.
3.2
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Back of a length on middle, Rohit stays behind and defends it.
3.1
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length and outside off, Rohit lets it be.
2.6
0
C Morris to S Dhawan, Back of a length delivery and on off, Dhawan gets right behind the line and defends it towards point.
2.5
4
C Morris to S Dhawan, FOUR! This was too easy! Short and on the body, bounces at a good height for the batter. Dhawan pulls it through square leg and bags the first boundary of the innings.
2.4
1
C Morris to R Sharma, Once again the ball balloons over the point fielder! Luck just not going South Africa's way. Another delivery which takes off from nowhere. Hits the top part of the bat and lobs over Duminy for a run.
2.3
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Superb delivery! Another length ball and this one pitches on off which means Rohit has to play at it. He looks to with not a long stride. The ball straightens and goes past the outside edge.
2.2
0
C Morris to R Sharma, Back of a length and on off, Rohit goes back and keeps it out.
2.1
1
C Morris to S Dhawan, Good running! Dhawan taps it towards cover and takes off. The fielder gets to it quickly and underarms it towards the bowler's end but misses.

Just the one over for Imran Tahir with the new ball. Pace from this end now as well, Chris Morris is on.

1.6
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, A dot to end! Length and on off, Sharma guides it towards point. End of a brilliant, brilliant first over by Rabada. He could have so easily had a wicket but it is not to be.
1.5
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Another beauty! On a length and around off, Rohit stays rooted to his crease as he looks to defend. The ball straightens and beats the outside edge.
1.4
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, DROPPED! Rabada is not happy! He screams in anguish! Faf is the culprit. It is a tough chance but someone of du Plessis' caliber, you would expect him to take it. Short and on the body. Rohit looks to pull but the ball hits the glove and lobs towards second slip. Faf runs in and dives forward to take it but can't hang on. South Africa need to take such chances. They do not have a lot to defend.
1.3
0
K Rabada to R Sharma, Good length and on off, Rohit defends it solidly.
1.2
1
K Rabada to S Dhawan, In the air... but safe! That is a brute of a ball! Back of a length this time and it takes off after pitching. Dhawan looks to defend but the ball hits the top portion of the bat and luckily for the batsman, it lobs over point for a single.
1.1
0
K Rabada to S Dhawan, OHHHH! Good delivery to begin with by Rabada. Length and on off, it pitches and then moves away. Dhawan looks to stroke it through the off side but misses. That shot is not needed so early on.

Kagiso Rabada will bowl from the other end with the second new ball!

0.6
1
I Tahir to S Dhawan, Another misfield! South Africa have not started off well here. This is pushed towards cover where Rassie makes a half-stop and a run is taken. Three from the first over.
0.5
0
I Tahir to S Dhawan, Nicely driven! Flighted ball and on off, Dhawan strokes it to covers.
0.4
1
I Tahir to R Sharma, Rohit is off the mark now as he pushes it down to long on and gets to the other end.
0.3
1
I Tahir to S Dhawan, On the shorter side, Dhawan chops it towards cover-point. Phehlukwayo there misfields and gets the chase underway by conceding a run. They can't afford this, they need to be brilliant in the field today.
0.2
0
I Tahir to S Dhawan, A low full toss on off, Dhawan jams it out towards the bowler who runs to his right and pushes it towards cover. No runs conceded.
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I Tahir to S Dhawan, Starts with a flatter and shorter ball on middle, Dhawan goes on the back foot and punches it towards mid-wicket.

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...