India beat South Africa by 6 wickets, Kohli wins 50 ODIs as captain
India were waiting and watching and then they win in such a convincing manner. They should really be pumped that all their bowling, batting and fielding units synced into their victory. The stars: Bumrah, Chahal, and Rohit Sharma. My heart goes out for Rabada. What a fire, what a performer! And man, has he stepped up to fill the void of Steyn and Ngidi!
India were absolutely dominant throughout the game. Rohit escaped early blues from Rabada to score a splendid century in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match at Southampton. It was his second and the team’s 26th individual century in the World Cup—the most by a team alongwith Australia.
The batsmen braced the conditions—the extra bounce and spin—and crafted their chase perfectly. They sure rode with a bit of luck but hey, they played a good game here respecting the good deliveries and hitting the loose ones for a boundary. Dhoni spent some time in the middle with Rohit and upon his departure, Hardik walked in and ended in a fashion he knows best.
India showed a great deal of discipline with the bowl right through the innings. Bumrah started the onslaught with a quick couple of breakthroughs; Chahal wrecked the middle-order and ensured the Proteas could never build a partnership. The only saving grace was the 64-run partnership between Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada.
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It's 50 wins for Virat
Hardik Pandya strikes another boundary to finish things off. India defeat South Africa by six wickets.
Among all players who have captained in 50 or more ODIs, only one – Clive Lloyd – has better win-percentage (76.19) than Virat’s 72.46. Bravo!
Finally a wicket for Morris!
India lose Dhoni. The ball went high, very high. Morris calls for it and takes the catch, crashing onto the stups at the non-striker's end in the process. However, he cusps the ball tightly into both of his hands.
Hardik Pandya arrives and he hits a couple of quick fours. India require just 5 runs from 18 balls.
Miller drops a dolly. Nothing, absolutely nothing going South Africa's way (or, should I say Rabada's way). He's given it all, this fiery bowler. A slower leg-cuter and Rohit plays an ugly across-the-line heave gets a top-edge. Miller settles underneath it, and tries to catch it with a reverse cup. He put it down. And to add to Rabada's frustration, Sharma upper-cuts the next for a four.
A big over!
India required 49 off 48 balls. And then, Dhoni and Sharma stepped on the gas hitting a couple boundaries off that Shamsi over. India gather 12 runs.
Rohit hits a ton!
Not the tidiest, but he'll take it.
That's India's 26th century in the World Cup and 168th overall. India now equals the tally of Australia—now the two sides with most individual centuries (26).
Rohit Sharma completes 3000 ODI runs under Virat Kohli (in 57 innings).— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 5, 2019
Among all Indians who have scored 3000+ ODI runs under a captain (including themselves) only one has reached the mark in fewer innings than Rohit - Virat himself ! (49 innings).#CWC19 #SAvsIND #INDvsSA
India are 150/3 at the end of 35 overs. They require 78 runs off 90 deliveries.
Two experienced campaigners--MS Dhoni (5) and Rohit Sharma (88)--are in the middle, and would like to see India through. It's now or never for South Africa!
Rahul departs for 26
There’s that breakthrough South Africa were looking. A full delivery, 137 kmph and Rahul just pops it straight up towards mid off while looking to drive. Rabada is more surprised than happy, or more of a surpised-happy?
Rohit just 17 runs short of his century
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have steadied India’s chase after the quick wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
They saw Morris off and now, Sharma is picking loose deliveries and placing it without trying to hit it too hard. India scored 22 runs in the last three overs.
He survived early blues and is just 17 runs short of his century. Meanwhile, India require just 89 runs, with 8 wickets and 19 overs remaining.
After 25 overs, India are 96/2, just six runs short of South Africa. The Proteas, meanwhile, had lost five wickets halfway through the game.
Stats: In the last five overs, Morris has bowled 28 dot balls. His figures read: 7-3-17-0.
But they need to take wickets. That's the only way they can win this game.
50* for Rohit!
Launches one deep beyond midwicket and then drives one over the long on for a single (a couple balls later) to bring up his half-century. Survive three chances, Rohit. Nevertheless, a fifty and first of the many to come in this World Cup.
An in-form Rahul is a pleasure to watch. Punches the first ball off 20th over straight down the ground with a straight bat. Sheer class as he gets it to the left of mid on. Rohit cut Phehlukwayo's fifth ball fiercely to bring another boundary in this over.
At the end of 20 overs, India are 78/2. Not far away from South Africa, who themselves were at 80 for 4 at this very stage.
de Cocks plucks one out of thin air. Kohli departs!
Ah, yes. Phehlukwayo was denied one, but he won't mind that much: he's got the captain. And what a stunner that by de Cock. Absolutely sensational! And that extra bounce of the Southampton pitch does Kohli this time. Outside the off-stump, and Kohli wafts it away from the body—a thick edge and the keeper dives to his right and pouches the ball even as it kept going away from him. Watch it here
David de Gea, you watching?
Rohit survives the LBW call
This delivery from Phehlukwayo skidded on much faster than what Rohit had anticipated. He was hit on the flap of the pad and all the close-in fielders shouted for a leg-before wicket. They review, and the ball tracking read ‘Umpire’s call’, clipping outside of leg. Decision: Not Out.
India are 34/1 at the end of the first Powerplay (10 overs). South Africa scored the same runs but had lost an extra wicket at this juncture.
India require 194 runs from 40 overs (RR: 3.40, RRR: 4.85). Imran Tahir and Phehlukwayo with the attack.
A six and a couple fours—the hitman show is on!
It all started with a loose stoke from Sharma—he almost edged the second delivery looking to drive one wide outside the off stump. The next one was short and it disappeared over the fine leg for a six; a couple of fours followed—one ran past the third slip and the other, a confident ferocious cut. 15 runs came from that Rabada over.
Gets him, finally!
A richly deserved wicket this. And it had to be Kagiso Rabada. Troubled both the batsmen with the fiery pace and extra bounce, but this time it's a beauty on the fourth stump line. Dhawan feels for the ball from the crease, and feathers it to de Kock. Never really looked comfortable. He's been put out of his misery. A huge wicket this.
Virat Kohli walks in.
And this time, it's Morris. First the bat, now with the ball: the duo is causing India trouble again. The pitch definitely is playing tricks here. First few overs, India need to be cautious. The ball raps Rohit on the shoulder of the bat as it lobs. Duminy steps in, but the ball balloons over the top of his head.
Dhawan, Rohit survive Rabada bounce!
Urfortunate, so unfortunate for Rabada. He could have had a couple of wickets here. This pitch has unusual bounce, perfectly suited for the fiesty Rabada. One kept on rising and Dhawan barely managed to fend that ball over point's head. Fourth ball rocketed up to Rohit Sharma, who survived a terrible tangle trying to fend/ half-pull the delivery. Faf was late to react. Rabada lets out a cry.
Meanwhile, praises for Boom Boom!