India had to wait six days to open their 2019 World Cup campaign but after losing toss India beat exhausted South Africa by six wickets in Southampton on Wednesday (June 5).
South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first, but the overhead conditions helped Bumrah (2 for 35) and Bhuvneshwar (2 for 44) generate ample movement. Bumrah was fantastic in his first spell didn’t given any opportunity to South African batsmen to settle. later on when South African batsmen tried to build partnership Chahal destroyed their plan with brilliant spin bowling perfect use of drift & height variation Chahal took 4 middle order wickets in just 51 runs with this effort India were able to restrict South Africa to 227 for 9. Bumarah & Chahal will turn best weapon of Team India in this world cup.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 5, 2019
In the absence of Dale Steyn, Rabada took the responsibility of the South African bowling Rabada bowled with pace and control and even broke Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit Sharma was also struggling first few over’s with many edges pitch was looking for perfect bowling condition. After the Kohli’s wicket Rohit change the game plan turn off his natural game decided to stay longer on this pitch, build the good partnership with Rahul and Dhoni. Rohit Sharma completed his hundred in the 41st over and stayed till the very end. Dhoni managed a cool 34 but was caught while playing a big shot . Hardik Pandya then walked in with couple of boundaries without any pressure and stamps the India’s win. Hardik Pandya in his short appearance with bat also has shown other team what he can do in this world cup 19.
South Africa, after losing 3 matches in row need to win every game from now to remain in the tournament.