India beat South Africa by 26 runs to remain unbeaten against the Proteas in the ICC Champions Trophy. Put in to bat, India scored 331/7 in their 50 overs, thanks to a maiden century by Man of the Match Shikhar Dhawan and notable contributions from Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. In reply, South Africa were all out for 305 with Robin Peterson, Ryan McLaren and AB de Villiers scoring a fifty each. Scorecard
10: 27 pm (IST) WICKET Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3) b Jadeja, looks to sweep, misses line. Injured Morne Morkel comes in to bat. South Africa 257/9 (42.5 overs).
10: 15 pm (IST) WICKET Rory Kleinveldt (4) c Dhoni b Ishant, top edges pull to keeper. Ryan McLaren waging a lone battle. India have picked up wickets at regular interval. South Africa 251/8 (39.5 overs).
10: 00 pm (IST) WICKET A threatening 50-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and Ryan McLaren comes to an end. Du Plessis (30) c Raina b Ishant, caught at long off. South Africa 238/7 (37.3 overs).
09: 37 pm (IST) WICKET Another one bites the dust. This time it's David Miller. He is run out by (Ishant/Dhoni) without scoring. SA 187/6 (32.4 overs) vs India 331/7.
09: 30 pm (IST) WICKET South Africa have lost their fifth wicket and it's AB de Villiers. AB (70) c Jadeja b Yadav. SA 184/5 (31.4 overs).
09: 22 pm (IST) WICKET JP Duminy departs. The left-hander goes across the line and misses line. SA 182/4 (30.4 overs) vs India 331/7.
09: 03 pm (IST) WICKET India finally get a wicket. Robin Peterson (68) run out by Ravindra Jadeja from mid wicket. JP Duminy joins skipper AB de Villiers. SA 155/3 (24.3 overs) vs India 331/7.
08: 58 pm (IST) Suresh Raina comes in as third spinner. Partnership between AB de Villiers and Robin Peterson worth 123 now.
08: 51 pm (IST) AB de Villiers scores his 33rd half-century in ODIs. SA 137/2 (20.4 overs) vs India 331/7.
08: 44 pm (IST) Robin Peterson notches up his maiden fifty in ODIs. South Africa 121/2 (17.4 overs) vs India 331/7.
08: 34 pm (IST) South Africa have never beaten India in the Champions Trophy. After 15 overs India were 96/0 after 15 overs. SA 114/2 (15 overs) vs India 331/7.
08: 23 pm (IST) Shikhar Dhawan missed a chance to run out Robin Peterson in 12th over. Wickets in hand will be important. SA are well ahead of India at the same stage. SA 99/2 (13 overs) vs India 331/7.
08: 04 pm (IST) Ab de Villiers and Robin Peterson are rebuilding South African innings. Partnership worth 38 runs now. SA 69/2 (9 overs) vs India 331/7.
07: 52 pm (IST) Robin Peterson has hurt his hand by Umesh Yadav's bouncer. South Africa 46/2 (6 overs) vs India 331/7.
07: 38 pm (IST) WICKET Umesh Yadav sends back free-scoring Hashim Amla (22) to pavilion. Both South African openers are out now. Skipper AB de Villiers and Robin Peterson are at the crease. SA 31 for 2 after 4 overs. (In pic: Ryan McLaren was South Africa's most successful bowler today)
07: 31 pm (IST) WICKET Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets rid of Colin Ingram (6). Suresh Raina takes a low catch at second slip. SA 13 for 1 after 2.1 overs. Read innings report
07: 05 pm (IST) India score 331/7 in their 50 overs. This is also the highest score at Cardiff. In the last 6 years only two left-handers have made ODI 100s vs South Africa: Kumar Sangakkara at Johannesburg in January 2012 and today Shikhar Dhawan.
06: 40 pm (IST) The highest successful chase in an ODI at Cardiff is 258/3 by Australia, against Pakistan, way back in 2001.
06: 32 pm (IST) WICKET Skipper MS Dhoni departs after scoring 27 from 26 balls. Looks to go over long on but finds Faf du Plessis. Tsotsobe bags his 2nd wicket. India 291/6 in 46.2 overs.
06: 21 pm (IST) With half the side back in pavilion, India need skipper MS Dhoni to finish things off. India are scoring over 6 runs an over. India 284/5 after 45 overs. (In pic: Dhawan and Rohit during their 127-run stand).
06: 14 pm (IST) WICKET Suresh Raina once again beaten by a short-pitched delivery. Looks to open the face of the bat, gets a leading edge to mid-off. Raina (9) c Duminy b McLaren. India 260/5 (41.4 overs). Jadeja joins Dhoni.
05: 57 pm (IST) WICKET In-form Dinesh Karthik out after scoring 14. He was beaten by a bouncer and keeper jumped high to remove him. India 240/4 in 39.2 overs. Suresh Raina comes in to bat. Karthik c de Villiers b Ryan McLaren.
05: 47 pm (IST) WICKET Shikhar Dhawan's innings ends at 114 from 94 balls. Dhawan tried to sweep JP Duminy but fails to clear substitute Aaron Phangiso at square leg. India 227/3 in 37.3 overs.
05: 39 pm (IST) Batting Powerplay is on. Maximum three fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle. India 214/2 after 36 overs. In-form Dinesh Karthik has joined centurion Shikhar Dhawan.
05: 31 pm (IST) WICKET Virat Kohli (31) c Amla b Tsotsobe, holes out to deep mid wicket. India 210/2 after 34.2 overs vs South Africa.
05: 27 pm (IST) Morne Morkel leaves the field without completing his seventh over. India 209/1 after 34 overs.
05: 19 pm (IST) Shikhar Dhawan scores his maiden century in ODIs. India 194/1 after 32 overs.
05: 15 pm (IST) Virat Kohli is struggling against spin bowlers. His strike rate is 51.61. India 183/1 after 31 overs.
05: 10 pm (IST) Highest total at Cardiff is 304/6 by India against England in 2011. Shikhar Dhawan in 90s now. India 173/1 after 29 overs.
04: 55 pm (IST) Average first innings score at Cardiff is 232. India 154/1 after 25 overs.
04: 40 pm (IST) WICKET India lose their first wicket. Rohit Sharma (65) pulls Ryan McLaren straight to square leg, where Robin Peterson makes no mistake. India 127/1 (21.2 overs)
04: 31 pm (IST) Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan. This his second fifty in ODIs. Platform for a big total is set. India 123 for no loss after 20 overs.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, busy answering his critics in the best way possible, has reached his 14th ODI fifty. India 103/0 in 16 overs.
04:15pm (IST): At the first drinks break, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma going great guns for India with 101/0 in 16 overs. The pair has batted with freedom after initial barren spell. The weather too has opened up in Cardiff. A century opening stand after 25 matches for India. Sehwag and Gambhir were the pair who added 176 in 2011. (In pic: Sehwag lookalike in Cardiff)
India and South Africa's flags proudly flutter in gentle breeze at Cardiff Castle. Meanwhile, India go strong at 67/0 in 12 overs. Rohit on 35 and Dhawan on 26.
03:40pm (IST): Rohit Sharma now looking in great touch. Rory Kleinveldt's first over goes for 9. India 39/0 in 8 overs.
Over 6: Rohit Sharma hits a six over deep cover while Shikhar Dhawan rounds off a good over for the men in blue. 11 runs off Tsotsobe's 3rd. 26/0 in 6 overs.
03:20pm (IST): Apparently, every ODI here at Cardiff has been won by the team batting second! Not good 'signs' for Team India but Rohit Sharma looks in fine touch, a fine boundary off Lonwabo Tsotsobe. India 13/0 in 4 overs.
What Dhoni and De Villiers said at the toss:
Dhoni: always nice to play in front of Indian fans. wherever we go and play there is expectation. fans are like double-edged swords
De Villiers: For us it is a neutral venue. Fans or no fans, we have to win. No excuses before or after
03:00pm (IST): Shikhar Dhawan and preferred-over-Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma are out to bat and the sun too shines now. Stands still quite empty. Will fill up for sure. 16000 capacity and more than 60 per cent Indian fans.
National Anthems of India and South Africa get underway.
The team flags brought carried out on to the field. The captains deliver the motivational message. In order Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa
02:45pm (IST): The opening ceremony is taking place in Cardiff as of now. A small affair just before the match.
02:40pm (IST): South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has won the toss in Cardiff and put Indian in to bat. Dhoni says Murali Vijay will not play and instead Rohit Sharma to open. Dale Steyn too doe not play. SA start with Colin Ingram, who will open.
Steyn hasn't warmed up at all...fair to assume that he might not be playing today. Openers can breathe a little easy!
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 6, 2013
02:20pm (IST): In the opening ceremony, Jai Ho!, the amazing song from the amazing movie Slumdog Millionaire will be played. (In pic: original song image)
01:45pm (IST): Just in from Cardiff - Cloudy but no threat of rain, temperature around 11 degrees. It will become sunny later. Short opening ceremony after toss at 10 am (Local time) or around 2:30 India time.
01:35pm (IST): South Africa skipper AB de Villiers has said that Dale Steyn is an injury concern with a side strain but the team is all ready to 'hunt like a pack of wolves'.
01: 20pm (IST): Will he or won't he? Dinesh Karthik has done his bit to impress team management but it is up to skipper Dhoni now whether the Tamil Nadu keeper-batsman plays against South Africa or not. NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar feels he should play.
India skipper to gave indication of him playing. Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Murali Vijay, all have failed in the couple of warm-up games and Karthik seems to be the ideal choice as of now.
01:00pm (IST): NDTV is there in the United Kingdom with all the latest updates, exclusive images and more. (Read: Exclusive pitch report from Cardiff - what awaits India)
12:55 (IST): It is 08:25 am in Cardiff as of now and we are about 2 hours away from the crucial opening battle between India and South Africa (Group B) in the Champions Trophy 2013.
Story first published on: Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:48 IST