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


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shikhar Dhawan c Quinton de Kock (W) & b Kagiso Rabada c Quinton de Kock (W) & b Kagiso Rabada 81210
Rohit Sharma not out not out 122144132
Virat Kohli c Quinton de Kock (W) & b Andile Phehlukwayo c Quinton de Kock (W) & b Andile Phehlukwayo 183410
KL Rahul c Faf du Plessis (C) & b Kagiso Rabada c Faf du Plessis (C) & b Kagiso Rabada 264220
MS Dhoni c Chris Morris & b Chris Morris c Chris Morris & b Chris Morris 344620
Hardik Pandya not out not out 15730
Kedar Jadhav
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal
Jasprit Bumrah
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 3, w 4, nb 0)
Total 230 (4 Wkts, 47.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
13-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,5.1), 54-2 (Virat Kohli,15.3), 139-3 (KL Rahul,31.3), 213-4 (MS Dhoni,46.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Imran Tahir10 0 58 0 5.80
Kagiso Rabada10 1 39 2 3.90
Chris Morris10 3 36 1 3.60
Andile Phehlukwayo8.3 0 40 1 4.82
Tabraiz Shamsi9 0 54 0 6.00

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 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 but they had to be cautious in batting as South Africa have a very good attack. Ends by saying Rohit was brilliant, 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.

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!
A Phehlukwayo to H Pandya, Another bouncer! This time it is called a wide as it bounces too high. Two needed now.
A Phehlukwayo to H Pandya, A short one, Pandya lets it go through to the keeper.
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.

C Morris to H Pandya, A single now! Pushes this through covers and takes one. 5 needed.
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.
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.
C Morris to H Pandya, On a length and around off, Pandya strokes it to covers.
C Morris to R Sharma, Back of a length on off, Rohit guides it down to third man for one.

Hardik Pandya arrives.

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!

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.
K Rabada to R Sharma, Bangs it short and on the body, Rohit pulls it towards fine leg for one.
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.
K Rabada to MS Dhoni, A single! That will do for India as Dhoni works it through mid-wicket.
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.
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.

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.
I Tahir to R Sharma, Sharma has pushed it to the cover region. One run added to the total.
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.
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.
I Tahir to R Sharma, Leans forward to a full ball and knocks it down through mid on for a run.
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.

K Rabada to R Sharma, Sharma plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
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.
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.
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.
K Rabada to R Sharma, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
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?

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, This time gets on the front foot but still finds the cover fielder after playing in that region.
A Phehlukwayo to MS Dhoni, Stays back to punch it to the off side, finds the cover fielder.