India beat South Africa by 6 wickets in their opening World Cup 2019 match, as Rohit Sharma starred for India with the bat, scoring his 2nd World Cup hundred to lead the chase after Yuzvendra Chahal got 4/51 and Jasprit Bumrah got 2/35 to restrict South Africa to a modest total of 227.
With the loss to India, South Africa have lost all their 3 matches so far in the tournament.
During India’s chase Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 122 as India reached the target with 15 balls to spare. Sharma brought up his 2nd World Cup century and 23rd ODI hundred with an 80 percent odd strike rate.
While chasing India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan was packed off on 8. Skipper Virat Kohli too was tested by Chris Morris and Rabada, but Virat was taken by Andile Phehlukwayo on 18. India fell at 54/2 in 16 overs, making it easy for the Proteas.
KL Rahul who found a spot in the Indian middle order padded 26 runs, added an important partnership of 86 runs for the 3rd wicket along with Rohit Sharma. Later, Dhoni added a quick 34 runs before being departed but making sure India register a win.
Earlier, when Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bat first, the South Africans were jolted when their openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock were gone inside the first 6 overs. It was Bumrah who claimed both.
After the disastrous start Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen adding 54 for the 3rd wicket before Chahal struck, removing both batsmen in the 20th over. Soon Kuldeep Yadav claimed JP Duminy in the 23rd over.
Later, Phehlukwayo and David Miller got to their thirties, and Chahal struck once again removing both these batsmen. It was only for Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada who got 42 and 31 respectively to take South Africa past the 200 mark.
South Africa : 227/9 (50 overs)
India : 230/4 (47.3 overs)
India beat South Africa by 6 wickets and 15 balls to spare