India vs South Africa, ICC World Cup 2019 match at Southampton:
As it happened: Rohit Sharma slammed his 23rd ODI ton to play a pivotal part in India’s six-wicket win over South Africa in their opener. The bowlers also shone for the ‘Men in Blue’ as Yuzvendra Chahal scalped four and pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two wickets each. India are off to a flier in the tournament while as for South Africa, they have now lost three matches on the trot.
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22:48 hrs IST
Hardik Pandya finishes the match in style as India go past the line with six wickets to spare. Rohit Sharma remained not out at 122 while Hardik Pandya hit 15* off 7 deliveries. Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa as he ended the innings with 2/39.
22:43 hrs IST
Four and four
Hardik Pandya hits couple of boundaries on either side of the wicket as India jus need 5 runs off 18 deliveries to win. He cut the ball past the point fielder for a boundary and then pulled the ball towards mid wicket for similar result. 10 runs came from that over from Morris.
22:39 hrs IST
In trying to hit a big one, MS Dhoni is caught out by Chris Morris off his own bowling. Dhoni hit the ball high in the air and Morris took the catch and then fell on the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Hardik Pandya joins Rohit Sharma in the middle now. Dhoni departs for 34.
22:35 hrs IST
15 runs needed
Five runs came from that over from Rabada as India are just 15 runs away from victory. They have 24 balls and seven wickets left in the bank so it is safe to say its India’s match to lose from here.
22:30 hrs IST
Another good over for India
Imran Tahir also bowls an expensive over as he concedes 10 off it. Rohit hit his 13th boundary of innings as he slammed the ball towards deep square leg. India are just 20 runs away from a massive win now.
22:25 hrs IST
Miller drops a sitter
Kagiso Rabada cannot believe his luck as he made Rohit Sharma top-edge a delivery but David Miller, who was fielding in the covers, let the ball pop out of his hands. It was the easiest of catches but complacency got the better of Miller. To add insult to injury, Rohit hits the next ball for a boundary. Five runs from the over as India are edging closer to a win now.
22:19 hrs IST
Expensive over from Shamsi
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are now taking the attack to Tabraiz Shamsi as both hit one boundary each off the 43rd over as India rake in 14 from the over. India now need 35 off 42 deliveries to start their WC campaign with a bang.
22:12 hrs IST
Century for Rohit
Rohit Sharma slams his 23rd ODI ton and it has been an innings of the highest order from the Indian vice-captain. He has put India on top in the chase as they edge closer towards their first win of the tournament. This is Rohit’s second World Cup century and his third against South Africa.
22:05 hrs IST
No boundaries, no problem for India
MS Dhoni keeps on pushing Rohit Sharma hard for singles and doubles as India are very much in control of the chase. Three runs from the over of Morris as Rohit still searches for three runs go past the 100-run mark. India need 57 off 60 deliveries.
21:59 hrs IST
Dhoni shows his prowess
Chris Morris drops the ball short and MS Dhoni pulls his for a boundary past the fielder at square leg. First four of the innings for Dhoni as India are well on top of the chase at the moment. 6 runs came from that over from Morris as their search for wicket continues.
21:54 hrs IST
Powerful shot from Rohit
Andile Phehlukwayo drops the ball short and Rohit Sharma flat bats it down the ground for a boundary. With that, Rohit has now scored 94 runs and is just one big hit away from going past the 100-run mark.
21:49 hrs IST
Rohit enters 90
Rohit Sharma is keeping things tidy and not taking unnecessary risks. It has been an uncharacteristic innings for Rohit so far but that is what is required as far as India are concerned. Rohit has 112 deliveries to score 90 and his strike rate reads under 80.
21:43 hrs IST
India cross 150
Five singles came from that over of Imran Tahir as India go past the 150-run mark. India seem to be steady in chase but a wicket in the next few overs will certainly change the match in favour of South Africa. The idea is that Indian batsmen can’t be complacent.
21:36 hrs IST
Rohit, Dhoni rebuild innings
Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are looking to just build the innings and are relying on singles to take them closer to the target. There is no need for India to panic as they have 102 deliveries to score 85 runs. India have seven wickets in hand and that will work in their favour
21:29 hrs IST
KL Rahul is done by a slow deliveryf rom Kagiso Rabada as he is sucked into the drive and hit the ball straight down the throat of Faf du Plessis at mid-off. India are three down now. Timely wicket for South Africa as these two were running with the bat. MS Dhoni joins Rohit Sharma in the middle now.
21:23 hrs IST
Four and four
Rohit Sharma is starting to cut loose now as he is dealing in boundaries. After hitting Imran Tahir for a boundary, he takes the attack to Kagiso Rabada. So far he has hit 9 boundaries and couple of sixes and is India’s leading charge in the chase.
21:16 hrs IST
Rabada wakes up Indian batsmen
Kagiso Rabada returns into the attack and wakes up both KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma with his fiery pace. He concedes just two runs in the over but more importantly warms the two Indian batsmen that he can still change the course of the match.
21:10 hrs IST
Four and four
Rohit Sharma is looking to take the attack to the South African bowlers now as he hits Tabraiz Shamsi for two boundaries in once over. Couple of bad deliveries from the spinner and Rohit hits them on either side of the wicket. Shami gives away 11 runs in the over.
21:06 hrs IST
India go past 100
KL Rahul flicks the ball of his pads off Chris Morris and the ball races away for a boundary towards square leg. Tabraiz Shahsi tried hard but couldn’t stop the ball from going past the ropes. Seven runs came from the over as India go past the 100-run mark.
21:00 hrs IST
25 overs bowled
We are half way done in the innings and India’s score reads 96/2. India’s current rate is 3.8 while required reate is 5.2. At some point, the batsmen will have to up the ante but at the moment, they are content with jus taking singles and doubles.
20:55 hrs IST
Edge but safe
Chris Morris produces an edge off Rohit Sharma’s bat but the ball landed just in front of Hashim Amla at first slip. Had Amla been a step in front, he would have taken the easiest of the catches. Tidy ove from Morris as concedes just 1 runs. He has now bowled 6 overs and conceded just 10 runs.
20:50 hrs IST
Fifty for Rohit
Rohit Sharma hits Tabraiz Shamsi for a huge six in between long on and mid wicket rope. Rohit Sharma completes his half-century off 70 balls as India near 100. Rohit is leading India’s charge in the match and he remains the key for India in this chase.
20:45 hrs IST
Singles the order of the day
Tabraiz Shamsi bowls another good over for South Africa but he can’t stop the flow of singles. Rohit and Rahul are dealing in singles and they just want to get the team’s scores closer to that of South Africa’s before doing something spectacular.
20:40 hrs IST
Four and four
KL Rahul shows his class and hits Andile Phehlukwayo for his first boundary down the ground. Then Rohit cuts the ball square of the wicket for a boundary, where a meek effort in the field from Rassie van der Dussen didn’t help South Africa’s cause. 10 runs came from that over for India.
Shamsi starts steady
Tabraiz Shamsi starts off on a positive note as he gives away just three runs off his first over of the innings. Indian batsmen are contend with keeping things steady rather than playing risky cricket that could jeopardise their position in the match.
20:28 hrs IST
Phehlukwayo on point
Andile Phehlukwayo is keeping things tight for South Africa and not conceding runs at the moment. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are looking to build partnership for India after the dismissal of Virat Kohli.
20:22 hrs IST
In his last three innings, Virat Kohli has not scored a single 50+ score.
This is the second time Kohli has been dismissed by Phehlukwayo in ODIs.
He has been dismissed only the third time in his last six innings versus South Africa.
20:16 hrs IST
Andile Phehlukwayo produces an outside edge and Quinton de Kock flies to his right and took a stunning one-handed catch to send the Indian skipper back in the hut. India are two down now as KL Rahul joins Rohit Sharma in the middle.
20:11 hrs IST
Fifty up for India
The two batsmen have added 37 runs off 59 deliveries thus far and while it has been an uncharacteristic partnership between Rohit and Kohli, they have successfully managed to stand their ground to the fiery bowling of South African pacers. India have crossed the 50-run mark now in the 15th over.
20:06 hrs IST
Tidy over from Tahir
Another good over from Imran Tahir as he keeps things tight and didn’t let the two batsmen free their arms. Rohit and Kohli will be happy that they are keeping the scoreboard ticking with the help of singles and doubles. Five singles came from that over from the leg-spinner.
20:00 hrs IST
Rohit Sharma survives (22)
Andile Phehlukwayo trapped Rohit Sharma on the pads but the on-field umpire gave it as not out. Quinton de Kock convinced Faf du Plessis to take the review. Replays showed that the ball was just hitting the leg stump but umpire’s call was retained.
19:56 hrs IST
Good over from Tahir
Imran Tahir returns into the attack and bowls a good over to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The two Indian batsmen could score just two runs off the over as South African bowlers are keeping things tight in the middle. Andile Phehlukwayo comes into the attack now.
19:51 hrs IST
Kohli holding fort
Virat Kohli has played 17 deliveries so far and has scored just 4 runs. He is trying to keep hold of the innings till the pacers are bowling as they have looked menacing. Three runs came from the over from Rabada has India have scored 34 runs for the loss of 1 wickets after 10 overs.
19:46 hrs IST
Rohit breaks the shackles
After a nervy start, Rohit Sharma is now taking the attack to Kagiso Rabada and hits him for 15 runs in the over. He starts off with a huge six over square leg and then hits two boundaries off the last three balls. India are finally getting a move on in the chase.
19:41 hrs IST
Virat Kohli hasn’t looked his usual best so far as he faces six dot deliveries from Chris Morris. The South African pacers are ruling the roost at the moment and they aren’t letting the Indian batsmen free their arms. Indian need to break the shackles soon.
19:35 hrs IST
Rabada strikes finally
Kagiso Rabada has been finally rewarded for his outstanding bowling early on as he gets the prized wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 8. The southpaw edges the ball into the hands of the keeper as India lose their first wicket. Virat Kohli joins Rohit Sharma in the middle now.
19:29 hrs IST
Dhawan’s bat breaks
Kagiso Rabada is breathing fire at the moment as he making the ball do all the talking. After keeping Rohit Sharma on his toes, he break Shikhar Dhawan’s bat on the last ball of his second over. Dhawan’s sees the funny side of it bur Rabada is not smiling as he is trying really hard for early wickets.
South Africa have done absolutely everything but take a wicket in the first three overs of India’s innings!
Chris Morris now drops the ball and Rohti Sharma top-edges it but luckily for him, the ball once again evades the outstretched hands of the fielder at point. To add insult to injury, Shikhar Dhawan hits the first four in the innings by pulling Morris for a boundary on the penultimate ball of the over. 6 runs came from that over from Morris.
19:17 hrs IST
Kagiso Rabada is making things happen as he is creating problems for both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Off the first delivery off the over, Dhawan top-edged a delivery but luckily for him, the ball landed in no-man’s land in between the point fielder and third man. Then, Rohit (1) top-edged a delivery but Faf du Plessis, who was fielding at second slip, couldn’t gather the ball even after reaching the looping delivery. 1 run came from that over from Rabada.
19:11 hrs IST
Good first over from Tahir
Imran Tahir starts the proceedings for South Africa and he concedes three runs off the first over. There were couple of misfields from South African fielders and helped India rotate the strike. Kagiso Rabada will bowl the second over now.
19:00 hrs IST
India eye good start
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be looking for a good start in the chase. India need 228 in 58 overs to win their first match in the competition. As for the Proteas, they need early wicket in order to jolt India out of their comfort zone.
18:40 hrs IST
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks up couple of wickets in the last over and with that, South African innings ends at 227/9 in 50 overs. Chris Morris was the pick of the batsmen for South Africa with 42. Andile Phehlukwayo and Kagiso Rabada chipped in with respective handy innings as well. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal scalped four while Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two wickets each.
South Africa finish their innings on 227/9 – Chris Morris top scoring with 42.
Jasprit Bumrah tried to bowl his trademark yorker but misses the length by inches and Kagiso Rabada hits him for a boundary towards mid-off. 6 runs came from Bumrah’s last over of the innings and he ends with outstanding figures of 2/35.
18:30 hrs IST
Another good over for SA
South Africa are adding crucial runs at the death and this may just come back to haunt India. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives away 9 runs off his penultimate over of the innings as South Africa are finishing the innings strong.
18:25 hrs IST
Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada have put together 51 runs off 45 deliveries and are leading South Africa’s charge in the death overs. Virat Kohli won’t be a happy captain at the moment as he runs are coming thick and fast and his bowlers aren’t able to stop it. 9 runs come from the 47th over of the innings.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar doesn’t give away any boundaries in the over but ends up conceding 8 runs. With that, South Africa have crossed the 200-run mark and they have given something to their bowlers to defend. Four overs left in the innings.
18:15 hrs IST
Bumrah on target again
Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack and keeps things tight as he bowl a 2-run 45th over. This is the thing that makes Bumrah great – his ability to bowl extraordinarily well in the death overs. He still has 2 overs left in the innings and expect more of the same from him.
18:09 hrs IST
Another six for Morris
Chris Morris takes the attack to Yuzvendra Chahal again as he hits him for a huge six over the mid-wicket fence. 8 runs in the over from Chahal as Morris continues to hit boundary on one end. Chahal finishes his full quota of 10 overs and ends with outstanding figures of 4/51.
18:04 hrs IST
Morris, Rabada on the attack
Chris Morris hits a huge six off Yuzvendra Chahal, whick was actually his first bad delivery of the innings. Kagiso Rabada then pulls Hardik Pandya for a boundary. India need to be on guard against complacency as South African batsmen are looking for some quick runs in the death over.
17:59 hrs IST
Kuldeep’s spell ends
Another good over from Kuldeep Yadav comes to an ends as he concedes 3 runs in his last over of the innings. In 10 overs, he finishes with good figures of 1/46. South Africa have now just 9 overs left in the innings to put on a fighting total, which at this point looks like somewhere in the region of 220-230.
17:53 hrs IST
Chahal picks his fourth
Yuzvendra Chahal is simply on fire as he picks his fourth wicket of the innings by getting rid of Andile Phehlukwayo. The southpaw tried to give the charge to Chahal but ended up missing the line of the delivery and Dhoni effected the easiest of stumpings. The South African departs for 34 as they lose their seventh wicket
17:49 hrs IST
First six of the innings
Andile Phehlukwayo hits Kuldeep Yadav for a huge six over long-on to make his intentions clear that he is not going down without a fight. This is also the first six of the innings and it has come in the 39th over. Kuldeep concedes 11 from the over as 11 overs are now left in the innings.
17:44 hrs IST
David Miller now has no score of 50+ in his last 8 ODI inns. He has been dismissed only the second time in his last four innings. Third consecutive score of 30s versus India in ODIs. In his last 3 inns vs India: all three times Miller has been dismissed by Chahal
17:39 hrs IST
Chahal strikes again
An inspired decision from skipper Virat Kohli as Yuzvendra Chahal returns and stuns South Africa. David Miller hits the ball straight into the hands of the bowler as Chahal picks his third wicket of the day. Proteas are six down as Chris Morris comes into the middle.
Yuzvendra Chahal is being reintroduced into the attack as Andile Phehlukwayo and David Miller are putting on a good partnership for the Proteas. India need to break this partnership as slowly and steadily it is becoming dangerous for them.
17:27 hrs IST
Bhuvi keeps things tidy
Bhuvneshwar Kumar came to bowl in his second spell and he gives away just three singles to keep things tight. He was aided by the fact that the two South African players are only looking to defend and not attack.
17:21 hrs IST
32 overs have been bowled in the innings and it is safe to say India are firmly on top of their opponents at the moment. Although Miller and Phehlukwayo have put together a good stand of 35 off 54 balls, they have lost five wickets and have only 18 overs left to take a score to a respectable one.
17:16 hrs IST
After giving away 10 runs in his previous over, Jasprit Bumrah hits back strongly and bowls a maiden over to Andile Phehlukwayo. Bumrah’s first spell ensured India got off to a flying start in the match while he is keeping things tight in his second spell as well now.
17:10 hrs IST
Bumrah makes things happen again
Jasprit Bumrah almost had a wicket on the first ball off his second spell but a leading edge off Duminy’s bat goes over the point fielder’s head. Then there was a run-out chance but the ball missed the stumps and Duminy survived again. Miller then hits a boundary towards mid-on to make it 10 runs in the over from Bumrah.
17:05 hrs IST
Jadhav starts steady
Kedar Jadhav has a knack of picking wickets and that is the reason why skipper Virat Kohli has introduced him in the attack. He keeps things tight and simple and gives away just 5 runs in his first over of the day. Yuzvendra Chahal is currently off the field as he seems to be taking a breather. Jasprit Bumrah returns into the attack now.
16:59 hrs IST
Miller key for SA
Miller and Phehlukwayo have put together 18 runs off 24 deliveries and they both hold the key if South Africa are to get to a respectable total in the innings. Mille hasn’t hit a boundary in his 20-ball innings thus far and is only looking to hold the innings from one end.
16:52 hrs IST
Proteas go past 100
South Africa have gone past the 100-run mark in the 25th over but they have lost five wickets and it doesn’t look good for them. Five runs came from the over of Kuldeep Yadav as the Proteas are looking for a partnership. David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo have put together 14 runs of 12 balls thus far.
16:47 hrs IST
Kuldeep joins the party
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav picks his first wicket of the day as he gets rid of JP Duminy. The southpaw was hit on the pads as he tried to play a shot off the back-foot. The umpire adjudged it out after the Indian players appealed hard. The batsmen opted to use the DRS but replays showed the ball was chasing into middle and leg and Duminy had to head back into the hut after scoring jut 3 runs. Proteas have lost half their side now.
16:42 hrs IST
Proteas need a partnership again
After putting on such a good partnership, both du Plessis and van der Dussen imploded in one over to leave South Africa reeling once again. David Miller and JP Duminy are the two new batsmen at the crease and they will have to do the rebuilding job now.
16:37 hrs IST
Two in one over for Chahal
After getting rid of Rassie van der Dussen off the first delivery, Yuzvendra Chahal removes skipper Faf du Plessis for 38 off the last ball of the over. He missed the line of the delivery and the ball castled into his middle and off. India are firmly on top of their opponents as Proteas are four down now.
16:32 hrs IST
Yuzvendra Chahal has done the trick for the ‘Men in Blue’ as he gets rid of Dussen for 22. The right-hander went for the reverse sweep but missed the line of the delivery and it crashed into his stumps. Proteas are three down now.
50 run partnership between du Plessis/van der Dussen. This is the duo’s 3rd 50 run-stand in ODIs. Back to back 50-run stand by the 3rd wicket SA pair vs India in ODIs. 4th 50-run stand for SA (for any wicket) in this World Cup.
16:23 hrs IST
Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen have put together 51 runs off 74 deliveries and they are setting the stone for a big innings for the team. India need to break this stand soon as they duo have played Hardik and two Indian spinners really well till now.
16:18 hrs IST
India need a wicket
After the high of first few overs, Indian bowlers are going through a sedate period where the batsmen are scoring singles and doubles at will. Hardik now gives away 6 runs in the over as du Plessis and van der Dussen keep the scoreboard ticking. Yuzvendra Chahal is now being introduced into the attack.
16:12 hrs IST
Proteas go past 50
Hardik Pandya produces a top-edge off Faf du Plessis’s bat and with that, South Africa have gone past the 50-run mark in the 15th over. Hardik concedes 8 runs from his over as Proteas are making a move on in the innings. The partnership between the two batsmen is worth 41 off 61 deliveries.
16:08 hrs IST
First boundary for Dussen
Kuldeep Yadav strays in line and bowls wide and Rassie van der Dussen hits the ball through the covers for his first boundary of the innings. Kuldeep concedes 5 runs off his second over as the two South African batsmen are starting to look a bit more settled in the middle.
16:04 hrs IST
du Plessis loses his bat
Hardik Pandya generates good bounce off the deck and it hit Faf du Plessis on the fingers and he loses his bat as well. Physio is out in the middle and he is tending to the South African skipper. Thankfully, there is now severe damage as he continues. Hardik concedes three runs off his second over.
15:59 hrs IST
Kuldeep Yadav concedes three singles off his first over of the innings as Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen are building a good partnership after the fall of two early wickets. The duo have weathered the early storm and put together 16 runs off 38 ball.
15:54 hrs IST
Hardik starts well
Hardik Pandya gives away just three singles off his first over and he continues Indian bowlers’ good start in the innings. He even produced an edge off du Plessis’s bat on the fourth delivery but it landed in the vacant spot at second slip. Kuldeep Yadav replaces Jasprit Bumrah into the attack now.
15:50 hrs IST
Proteas still struggling
Jasprit Bumrah is ruling the roost at the moment as he gives away just 2 runs from his fifth over of the innings. In five overs, he has given away just 13 wickets and accounted for the wickets of both Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock. Hardik Pandya is now being introduced into the attack as he replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
15:45 hrs IST
No wicket for Bhuvi yet
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been giving able support to Jasprit Bumrah from the other end but he hasn’t been rewarded with a wicket yet. He has been constantly bowling around 88-90 MPH and South Africa batsmen haven’t been given a chance to free their arms. One single run from the fifth over of Bhuvneshwar.
15:39 hrs IST
Another tidy over from Bumrah
Jasprt Bumrah keeps things tight for India once again as he gives away just one run off his fourth over. Faf du Plessis was content with just saving his wicket and defending the ball as he knows Bumrah is firmly on top of his game at the moment.
15:34 hrs IST
Second boundary for du Plessis
Easily the shot of the day thus far as Faf du Plessis flicks Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a brilliant boundary towards mid wicket. South Africa need a partnership to bail themselves out of early trouble. Indian pacers are firmly on top of South African batsmen at the moment.
15:29 hrs IST
Bumrah on fire
Jasprit Bumrah has sent back both the openers now as after getting rid of Hashim Amla in the previous over, he now dismisses Quinton de Kock for 10. The southpaw edged the ball towards third slip and Virat Kohli took a good catch as the ball was travelling very fast. Rassie van der Dussen now joins skipper Faf du Plessis in the middle.
15:24 hrs IST
Edges galore for Proteas as the moment as both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are making the life difficult for the batsmen. After de Kock got a boundary on the first ball of Bhuvi’s third over, du Plessis edged the ball towards Rohit Sharma at second slip off the second last ball. Luckily for the skipper, it just landed in front of Rohit, who tried to catch it but it went in between his hands. du Plessis survives on 6.
15:18 hrs IST
Jasprit Bumrah’s excellent start to the innings has finally paid off as he gets the prized wicket of Hashim Amla (6). Bumrah made the ball move away from the batsman and Amla edged it into the hands of Rohit Sharma, who wa fielding at second slip. Faf du Plessis joins Quinton de Kock in the middle.
Bhuvi bowls a bit wide and Amla goes down on one knee and hits the ball past the point fielder for the first four of the innings. 6 runs came from that over from Bhuvneshwar as South Africa openers are looking to get a move on now.
15:09 hrs IST
Jasprit Bumrah beat Quinton de Kock’s outside edge on couple of occasions and that made the South Africa openers go for a suicidal double. After flicking the ball towards square leg, the batsmen ran double and when Dhoni took a shy at the stumps, he missed. de Kock dove full length to enter the crease. Indian bowlers are off to a good start as after Bhuvneshwar’s good first over, Bumrah now gives away 2 in the second over.
15:04 hrs IST
Bhuvi starts steady
India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off on a positive note as he gives away just two singles in the first over of the innings. Both Amla and de Kock are off the mark as South Africa look for a decent start in the innings. Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the second over now.
14:53 hrs IST
The two sets of players are making their way into the middle for their respective national anthems. The Indian fans are out in large numbers and have turned the Rose Bowl blue. Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis said during the toss that they are really looking forward to this clash. While India skipper says they are used to the pressure such fans bring and the team is motivated to do well in the tournament.
South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat first against India in Southampton. Skipper Faf du Plessis says the Proteas are playing two spinners for this clash. He also reveals that Hashim Amla is back in the side.
South Africa legend Shawn Pollock tells the official broadcasters that not much movement is expected out of the pitch. He also says that the surface will aid the batsmen but also warned the ball could do a bit early.
14:15 hrs IST
Top player battles
Rabada vs Rohit: . In 2018, Rohit Sharma has faced 54 deliveries from the speedster in the ODIs format. The right-handed batsman has scored just 39 runs at a strike rate of 72.2 and has been dismissed thrice. If not all, Rabada has also dismissed the 32-year-old thrice in the longest format last year. The battle between the two stars of the game would promise an exciting contest on Wednesday.
Kohli vs Tahir: Virat Kohli will fancy his chances against Imran Tahir as he has an excellent record against the leg-spinner. The Indian captain has scored 191 runs off 186 balls and has been dismissed just once by Tahir in ODIs. Kohli, who has struck 12 boundaries and five sixes against Tahir, will surely look to bat positively against the South African. The leg-spinner will have to work out a clear cut plan to counter the Kohli factor.
14:07 hrs IST
Team India warming up
The players are out in the middle and they are currently warming-up for their first match of the tournament. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are playing keepy-uppis (where you don’t let the football drop on the ground) with Yuzvendra Chahal and KL Rahul. The other players are doing mind running.
Of all the teams that are taking part in the tournament, India’s win/loss record is the worst against South Africa. The two teams have clashed four times in the showpiece event previously, with India coming out victorious in just one. The ‘Men in Blue’ have performed admirably with the bat against their African rivals, however, with the bowl they have struggled immensely. In four matches, the Indian batsmen have scored 971 runs at a healthy strike-rate of almost 90. But the Indian bowlers cannot boast of the same as they have leaked runs at an economy rate of 5.34, which is the highest in comparison to the others. To make matters worse, out of 40 wickets up for grabs, Indian bowlers have scalped only 22 wickets at a meagre average of 40.
13:25 hrs IST
Some lighter moments
Chris Morris tries to identifies his teammates after the gender swap filter of Snapchat was used. Here’s the result
The Snapchat Gender Swap filter was applied on South Africa, and Chris Morris had a whale of a time describing each of his team-mates. 😂 pic.twitter.com/evuomOVKoy
South Africa cricketers Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir attended Eid prayers at a Southampton mosque on Tuesday. The two players were warmly greeted by fellow worshippers, with selfie-seekers making a beeline to grab a photo with them. (Read the complete story here)
If India can beat South Africa in their opening match, it will be Kohli’s 50th ODI win as skipper. As a result, he will become the fourth India skipper to achieve the feat after MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly. (Read the detailed story here)
Highest team total: 373/3 by England vs Pakistan in 2019
Lowest team total: 65 by U.S.A. vs Australia in 2004
Highest individual score: 189* by Martin Guptill (NZ) vs England in 2013
Best bowling figures: 5/29 by Mervyn Dillon (WI) vs Bangladesh in 2004
Biggest partnership: 206 between Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson (NZ) vs England for the 3rd wicket in 2015.
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What about the team combinations?
India captain Virat Kohli has hinted at playing an extra seamer because of the conditions at Southampton, that means either Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal might sit out or Vijay Shankar could play the role of the fourth seam-bowling option and bat at No. 6.
South Africa, meanwhile, have a few injury concerns. While a fit-again Hashim Amla is set to return, there are problems with Lung Ngidi. If Ngidi does not regain his fitness on time then Dwayne Pretorius is certain to replace him.
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Shikhar Dhawan holds the key
Apart from the Kohlis and Rabadas, another Indian cricketer that will hold the key in today’s India vs South Africa match, is Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan has been India’s top performer in ICC tournaments and he had scored a hundred against South Africa in World Cup 2015. (Read the full story here)
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The weather at Southampton in the last couple of days has been cloudy. The Conditions are expected to be chilly on Wednesday and the early morning start could mean a lot of assistance for the pacers. There is some rain forecast too, so expect a few stoppages during the day.
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What the captains said
Virat Kohli, India: Lessons from the Champions Trophy – is to play the cricket we know how to play. In the final, the better side won. We have plugged the gaps. We brought in wrist spinners to take wickets in the middle overs. We are a stronger side than Champions Trophy side.
Faf du Plessis, South Africa: For me, the natural thing that happens in a team like that is you find that your confidence goes down and naturally younger guys in the team coming to their first World Cup they will potentially go into their self-pity cycle.
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The ‘real’ World Cup begins
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of ICC World Cup 2019 match No. 8 between India and South Africa at Southampton. India are playing their first match of the tournament almost a week after the World Cup kickstarted at The Oval and that’s why millions of Indian fans believe that the actual World Cup starts from today.