Rohit Sharma played the anchor role and carried India to a win with a century in India’s first match of the 2019 ICC World Cup against South Africa.
Winning the toss, the Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis opted to bat first after a couple of unsuccessful chases in the ongoing 2019 ICC World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah bamboozled the South Africa openers as the partly fit Hashim Amla was the first to depart after making 6 runs off 9 balls. Quinton de Kock soon followed path as he was dismissed for just 10 runs.
Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen put on a half-century stand that looked like Proteas’ way back into this World Cup.
Yuzvendra Chahal broke the partnership as he clean bowled van der Dussen for a score of 22 runs off 37 balls. In the same over, Chahal dismissed the South African skipper for a score of 38 runs off 54 balls.
Andile Phelukwayo scored 34 runs off 61 balls as the wickets kept falling at the other end.
Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada put together a 68-run stand for the ninth wicket to save South Africa’s grace and help them cross the 200-run mark.
Morris top scored with 42 runs off 34 balls while Rabada stayed unbeaten till the end scoring 31 runs off 35 balls.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the star of the Indian bowling attack with 4 wickets in 10 overs conceding only 51 runs.
Team India started the run-chase on a cautious note and lost Shikhar Dhawan early to a brilliant Rabada delivery.
Skipper Virat Kohli had a nervy start and was dismissed by Phelukwayo after scoring 18 runs off 34 balls courtesy of a brilliant Quinton de Kock catch.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma built a good 85-run partnership that ended with Rahul chipping a Rabada delivery straight to mid-off. The 27-year old was able to score 26 runs off 42 balls before his dismissal.
Rohit Sharma scored his 23rd ODI century as wickets kept falling at the other hand. He played an unbeaten innings of 122 runs off 144 balls. The 32-year old smashed 13 boundaries and two maximums in his long stay at the crease.
The third consecutive defeat put South Africa in a position from where, they have to win all of their remaining six matches.