After fine bowling by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten inning helped India beat South Africa by six wickets on Wednesday to magnificent start their World Cup campaign (ICC World Cup 2019).
South Africa first scored 227 runs in nine wickets with the highest score being Chris Morris (42). Under the leadership of Yusufendra Chahal (four wickets for 51), the Indian bowlers did not give chance any batsman to play long innings.
India maintained dominance in the match for most of the time. Rohit initially had to struggle, but in the end, he remained unbeaten 122 runs He played 144 balls and hit 13 fours and two sixes. Apart from them, Mahendra Singh Dhoni contributed 34 runs. Both of them shared a 74-run partnership for the fourth wicket. India scored 230 runs in 47.3 overs with four wickets.
South Africa’s Third Consecutive Defeat
This is the third consecutive defeat of South Africa, which has made their forward way harder. Earlier, he had to face defeat by England and Bangladesh. His batsmen did not have any reply against the Indian spinners.
Chahal’s Superb Bowling
Chahal not only battered the batsmen but also forced him to commit mistakes. Jaspreet Bumrah (two wickets for 35 runs) again bowled impressively. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (two for 44 runs) and spinner Kuldeep Yadav (one for 46).
Rabada And Virat’s Fierce Battle
Kagiso Rabada and Virat Kohli’s war was so amazing. South African bowler kept the Indian captain in trouble after bowling a line and length. Meanwhile, Rabada made two loose balls, then Rohit sent them for sixes and fours. Rabada gave 21 runs in his first five overs.
Andile Phehlukwayo got the valuable wicket of Kohli but in the role of Kohli’s wicket, Quinton de Kock play a key role, he took catch with one hand by a dive on the right.
South Africa Lost Three Wickets In 11 Runs
Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen (22) tried to maintain the innings from a score of 24 runs on two wickets, but Indian bowlers kept the pressure on them and did not give any chance to play openly. Kohli spin attack in the 12th over as Kuldeep When he did not get success in the first three overs, he gave the ball to Chahal in the 18th over, after which South Africa lost three wickets in 11 runs.
This leg-spinner bowled Van Der Dussen on leg break by giving them reverse sweep greed. And then the last ball delivered from the middle of the Faf du Plessis bat and leg to direct bowled. The duo added 54 runs for the third wicket. After that, Kuldeep did LBW out to JP Duminy (three).