As it Happened: India Beat South Africa by 6 Wickets

Updated: 05 June 2019 23:16 IST

Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten century as India made a comfortable start to their World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday that dealt a fresh blow to the Proteas' tournament hopes.

As it Happened: India Beat South Africa by 6 Wickets
India beat South Africa by 6 wickets

India launched their World Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over South Africa at Southampton on Wednesday as the Proteas suffered their third defeat in as many matches this tournament.

Scorecard: South Africa vs India

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and batted but a superb double strike by Jasprit Bumrah left his side reeling. 

India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then took four wickets in a meagre total of 227 for nine.

India, with Rohit Sharma, dropped early in an innings of 122 not out -- the highest individual score of the tournament to date -- took their time over the chase before winning with 15 balls to spare.

India next play Australia at the Oval on Sunday while South Africa take on West Indies on Monday.

Live Score: South Africa vs India

  • Refresh
!

That's all we have from this match. India have opened their campaign with a thumping win while South Africa have suffered their third loss in as many games. On Thursday, Australia will be getting ready to face West Indies at Trent Bridge. The action begins at 1030 local (0930 GMT). We look forward to your company then. In the meanwhile, you can switch tabs to get all the updates from the Bangladesh versus New Zealand match. Cheers!

!

India skipper, Virat Kohli says the wait of the first game was very long. States this game was challenging and it was important to start off well. Tells that they did not win with a good run rate but the pitch was very challenging. Credits Rohit Sharma for his knock and praises the other batsmen for batting well around him. Adds they were going to bowl first had they won the toss as it is always tricky against the new balls initially. Stresses Bumrah is on another level and Chahal too was excellent. Mentions that after de Kock's catch, his hands were buzzing and that tells you how quick Bumrah was bowling. Says the first win is very important and they were confident in the field but they had to be cautious in batting as South Africa have a very good attack. Ends by saying Rohit was brilliant, Rahul and Dhoni also batted nicely and Hardik finished it well.

!

South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis says India were magnificent on a tough pitch. Adds that they have a really good bowling attack comprising of fine pacers at the start and then quality spinners later on. Mentions they did well to crawl back after the start they had but then the Indian spinners ran through the middle order. Tells that they still did well to get back in the game, however, they needed someone to do what Rohit did, score a ton. States they picked an extra spinner so that they could attack later on but there wasn't enough runs on the board. States that maybe Ngidi and Steyn would have made a difference in these conditions. Mentions Rabada was extremely unlucky and says he has never seen so many balls fall in no man's land. Adds Chris Morris was also very good with the ball. Admits the guys are hurting at the moment but they are still making mistakes all the time. Ends by saying the batsmen need to convert their starts.

!

Man of the Match, Rohit Sharma says it is a different experience than playing in India. Mentions there was something for the bowlers, so he could not play his natural game. Further adds he could not play the shots he loves and he had to play close to his body and concentrate more on leaving deliveries initially. Stresses building partnerships were the key, especially on this wicket. States it is the role of the batsmen in the middle to get the job done as they can't rely on one or two batsmen all the time. Reminds that their batters have done it on a regular basis. Tells this is the beauty of playing in England, they are playing in early June, the weather is good and you don't sweat as you do in India. Ends by admitting that it was not a typical Rohit Sharma knock as he had to take his time and make sure that the job is done.

!

For South Africa, it was yet another dismal batting show. They were put to a stern test by the Indian pacers and then were made to dance on the tunes of Yuzvendra Chahal. The Proteas managed a total in excess of 200 eventually and that was largely possible due to the partnership between Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada. Not just batting, these two bowled with a lot of fire as well. They created many chances up front but didn't have luck going their way. The two wrist spinners, Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi, failed to create the same impact that the Indian spinners managed and altogether it was not their day.

!

A smooth sail in the end for India as they cruise to a convincing win in their tournament opener! Chasing a target of 228 runs, they did lose Dhawan and Kohli quite cheaply but Rohit Sharma held one end strongly and stitched an 85-run stand with KL Rahul. South Africa managed to break that partnership and got an opening but MS Dhoni walked in and threaded yet another useful stand with Sharma to put this chase to bed. It turned out to be a really good game for Rohit, who after getting a life on 1, went on to stroke an unbeaten century.

47.3
4

Andile Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya

FOUR! Hardik Pandya finishes it off in style! Slightly short and outside off, he cuts it through point. No chance for Tahir this time. Customary handshakes taking place as INDIA WIN BY 6 WICKETS!

47.3
1
wd

Andile Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya

Another bouncer! This time it is called a wide as it bounces too high. Two needed now.

47.2
0

Andile Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya

A short one, Pandya lets it go through to the keeper.

47.1
2

Andile Phehlukwayo to Hardik Pandya

Great commitment shown by Tahir. Pandya guides this through point. Tahir makes a lot of ground to his left, dives and pushes it back in. The batters only get two.

!

Andile Phehlukwayo is back on.

46.6
1

Chris Morris to Hardik Pandya

A single now! Pushes this through covers and takes one. 5 needed.

46.5
4

Chris Morris to Hardik Pandya

FOUR! Make that 6! Through the leg side this time. Pandya stands tall and takes on the challenge of pulling this short ball. Does it very fine and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He wants to end it in a hurry.

46.4
4

Chris Morris to Hardik Pandya

FOUR! Off the mark in style! Short and outside off, Hardik stands tall and slashes it past point and it races away to the fence. 10 needed now.

46.3
0

Chris Morris to Hardik Pandya

On a length and around off, Pandya strokes it to covers.

46.2
1

Chris Morris to Rohit Sharma

Back of a length on off, Rohit guides it down to third man for one.

!

Hardik Pandya arrives.

46.1
W

Chris Morris to MS Dhoni

OUT! The finisher, Dhoni, walks back before finishing the game. However, his partnership with Rohit Sharma has taken India to the brink of victory. South Africa, on the other hand, finally hang onto one catch. Morris bowls the slower one outside off, Dhoni looks to go big but is done in by the pace. He ends up hitting it high up in the air towards the bowler's end. Morris calls for it and takes. Collides with the stumps and falls over after taking the catch. Does well to keep the ball in his left hand. Something to rejoice for the South Africans.

!

Chris Morris is back!

45.6
1

Kagiso Rabada to MS Dhoni

Dhoni makes room and Rabada bowls it outside off, Dhoni reaches for it and just about gets bat on ball. He hits it over point for one. 15 needed in 4 overs now.

load more
Related Articles
MS Dhoni Not To Remove Insignia From Gloves, Have Sought ICC Approval, Says Committee of Administrators Chief
MS Dhoni Not To Remove Insignia From Gloves, Have Sought ICC Approval, Says Committee of Administrators Chief
Rohit Sharma Finds Unique Way To Congratulate Yuzvendra Chahal
Rohit Sharma Finds Unique Way To Congratulate Yuzvendra Chahal
Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Will Be Crucial for India
Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma And Virat Kohli Will Be Crucial for India's Chances, Says Krishnamachari Srikkanth
If There
If There's A Perfect Action, I'll Try To Copy That, Says Jasprit Bumrah
World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni Sports Gloves With Army Insignia, Twitter Salutes
World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni Sports Gloves With Army Insignia, Twitter Salutes
Advertisement