World Cup 2019: Rohit and Chahal set up Africa third consecutive defeat
Team India has made a winning start in the World Cup 2019 campaign with an unbeaten century from vice-captain Rohit Sharma (122 *) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4/51).
At, The Rose Bowl, Southampton stadium India beat South Africa by 6 wickets with 15 balls still remaining.
South Africa after winning the toss elected to bat first and their entire team could only make 227 runs in 50 overs. In reply, the Indian team achieved this target at the cost of 4 wickets in just 47.3 overs.
Chasing the target of 227 runs, Team India’s opening pair did not even perform well in the first match of the World Cup.
Left-handed star opener Shikhar Dhawan just scored 8 and was trapped behind the wicket by Rabada in the sixth over of the inning.
After losing the first wicket at a score of 13 runs, there was pressure on India that they would not lose 2-3 wickets quickly.
But Captain Virat Kohli, who came to the crease cooperated well with the vice-captain Rohit Sharma and put 54 runs on the scoreboard in 15.3 overs.
But after that captain, Kohli at the individual score of 18 runs lost his wicket by playing a bad shot on Phehlukwayo’s ball and was caught behind the wicket by De Kock.
After Virat’s dismissal, KL Rahul came on number four to accompany Rohit and both batsmen shared an 85-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
During this, Rohit Sharma completed his half-century.
But at the score of 139, Rabada also kept out the expectations of his team by putting K Rahul Rahul out.
After Rahul’s dismissal, MS Dhoni landed on the crease and Rohit made India’s win easier with him. Both the batsmen shared a 74-run partnership for the fifth wicket and helped the team get very close to victory.
After that, Dhoni was caught and bowled by Morris. Dhoni scored 34 runs with 2 fours.
In the meantime, Rohit Sharma completed the 23rd century of his ODI career and remains on the wickets till the team reached victory.
In the end, Hardik Pandya played a quick flowing inning of 15 runs in 7 balls.
Earlier, Indian fast bowlers gave India a good start. While Bhuvneshwar did not allow the South African batsmen to run in the beginning, Bumrah got two breakthroughs in the beginning and narrowed the run-rate. Bumrah hit Hashim Amla (6) in the fourth over and De Kock in the sixth over.
After Bumrah, Chahal took over the responsibility of taking South Africa wickets. Rassie van der Dussen, who scored a half-century in the first match, got bowled at the personal score of 22 runs. Captain Faf du Plessis also made a mistake in reading Chahal and got bowled on the total score of 80. Du Plessis scored 38 runs.
Once again, experienced veteran Jean-Paul Duminy (3) and David Miller had come on the responsibility to stop the fall of wickets, but both of them failed as usual. First Duminy returned to the pavilion. He was declared leg-before by Kuldeep Yadav at a total score of 89.
David Miller (31 runs) and Andile Phehlukwayo (34 runs) also lost their wickets on Chahal bowl.
South Africa had lost seven wickets for a total of 158. From there Morris and Rabada also kept the scoreboard running and also kept wicket secured.
But in the last over Morris was caught by Virat on Bhuvneshwar bowl. He hit 34 fours in his innings and hit a four and two sixes.
On the last bowl of the inning, Bhuvneshwar took the wicket of Imran Tahir (0).
Apart from Chahal’s four wickets, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar took two wickets each. Chahal has given the best bowling figures in this World Cup so far.
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