India vs South Africa Match Summary | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
India vs South Africa Match Summary – Rohit Sharma played a sensational match-winning knock of 122 runs off 144 balls, as India register their first win in the ICC World Cup 2019, beating South Africa by six wickets on Wednesday.
#Reason 1 Rohit Sharma smashes his first century in India’s opening game in the World Cup
On a day when India lost two of their best batsmen in the form of Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings, India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma stood tall to take his team across the line in what was India’s opening game in the World Cup. The 32-year old batsman notched up his first century of the perennial tournament, scoring as many as 122 runs off 144 balls, including 13 fours and 2 sixes.
Perhaps, what was favoring Rohit more than anything in his special knock was his luck. The Mumbai batsman was dropped twice in his innings even as some miscued shots went at no man’s land. But, all in all, it will be written as one of the best innings of his career under pressure, and that too in a tournament like World Cup.
#Reason 2 Yuzvendra Chahal 4-fer dampens South Africa
Post-Bumrah’s early assault, Yuzvendra Chahal heroics destroyed South Africa’s middle order, as he claimed four important wickets of Faf Du Plessis, Rassie Van der Dussen, David Miller, and Andile Phehlukwayo. Skipper Faf Du Plessis and Rassie Van der Dussen was comfortably riding South Africa’s ship at one stage until Yuzvendra Chahal broke the partnership with a leg-break to Van Der Dussen for 31 off 40 balls, followed by Faf Du Plessis’ wicket in the 20th Over only to leave South Africa in tatters at 80 for 4 in 20 overs.
#Reason 3 Bumrah spills his Magic in the World Cup Opener
India’s current best fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah led from the front in India’s World Cup opening match against South Africa. Bumrah exerted pressure right from the start to South Africa’s opening pair of Quinton De Kock and Hashim Amla. Hashim Amla became Bumrah’s first prey as the former edged an easy catch at slips to Rohit Sharma only in the third over of the innings.
In-form Quinton De Kock looked clueless against the Indian fast bowler who was spot on in his initial spell on Wednesday. The left-handed batsman found it difficult to even touch the ball as most of them were directly carrying to the keeper before he played a wide one only to get caught by Virat Kohli at third slip. Jasprit Bumrah first spell helped India get wickets in the power play and thereby put pressure on the opposition.
Owing to some impressive performances with the ball by Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal, South Africa managed to score 227/9 in 50 overs. India in reply chased down the total in just 47.3 overs, courtesy a brilliant match-winning knock by Rohit Sharma. Rohit was involved in an 86-runs partnership with KL Rahul (26 off 42 Balls) and then 72-runs with MS Dhoni(34 off 46 Balls). The 32-year old batsman has also been adjudged as Man of the Match for his special knock.
What a start to #CWC19 for India! A brilliant Rohit Sharma carries his bat to lead a six-wicket win!
— ICC (@ICC) June 5, 2019