India defeated South Africa by 6 wickets in the 8th match of 2019 World Cup played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton between India and South Africa on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 122 in this match played at Southampton.
Team India's start to chase the target of South Africa did not start well. On the score of just 13 runs, the team got the first shock in the form of Shikhar Dhawan. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada gave him the first breakthrough by scoring at the hands of Quinton de Kock behind the wicket. Dhawan returned to the pavilion only by making 8 runs.
Captain Virat Kohli, who came to bat after falling for the first wicket, too could not play Rohit Sharma for long. There was a 41-run partnership for the second wicket between the two. Before this partnership proved dangerous, Phehlukwayo snatched captain Kohli (18 runs in 33 balls) behind the wicket.
Now the condition of Team India seemed to be fragile, but Rohit Sharma, with the help of KL Rahul, added an important 85 runs for the third wicket. According to the timing, Rahul played a slow but sensational inning of 26 runs in 42 balls. The duo, who got the breakthrough, broke Rabada in the 32nd over and returned his team to the match.
The wicket was falling from one end, but Rohit had just arrived on the field thinking something else. Together with the new batsman Dhoni, he not only completed the innings but also played against the style, with the help of 10 fours and two sixes in 128 balls also completed his career 23rd century.
Earlier, South Africa had set a target of 228 for India to win. Batting first by winning toss The South Africa team scored 227 runs at the loss of 9 wickets in the 50 overs. On the other hand, Chahal takes four wickets while Jaspreet Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar two-two and Chainaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bat first and bowled the team India captain Virat Kohli. India and South Africa have been face-to-face in the World Cup four times since 1992, three times out of which the African team has played. While the Indian team has won just one match.
India skipper, Virat Kohli says the crowd support is always going to be massive for them here. Mentions that it is nothing new for them, they have handled such pressure and expectations of having to win each game they play, and that they just need to back their skills. States they arrived late and have seen the pattern of the games which have been played, how teams are approaching the situations and they have tried to learn from it. Further adds in Hardik, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Kuldeep and Chahal they have a balanced bowling attack and they are backing them to come good. Stresses the World Cup has come at the perfect time and he is very excited for it. Ends by saying there is nothing bigger than representing let alone captaining your country in the World Cup.
South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis says they are batting first because of the make-up of their side. Mentions Hashim Amla is all fit to play and they have brought back all their experienced players for the big game. Informs they have brought in an extra spinner and gone with two all-rounders as Morris is still playing. States there is still a lot of fight left in the team. Further adds they have got 7 games left and they need to win so it is not all over. Ends by saying it is always good to play against India.
South Africa XI - Quinton de Kock (WK) , Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.
India XI - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.