Famously known as the ‘Hitman of the Indian Cricket Team’, Rohit Sharma hit his second world cup hundred at the Hampshire Bowl, Southampton.
Helping the team to its first win in the World Cup series, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed four wickets to restrict South Africa at a not so great total of 227 for the loss of 9 wickets. Out of the total 48 matches to be played in this tournament, India vs South Africa was the eight fixture in the series. South Africa continued the streak of their poor performance by losing early wickets in this match. Right arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah, sent the openers early to the pavilion; followed by Chahal who took wickets of the third, fourth and fifth batsmen. Another pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also supported the team by taking two wickets while left-arm Chinaman bowler- Kuldeep Yadav took one.
In response, India started well but Rohit Sharma was dropped by Faf du Plessis early in the game and later by hit a century; Sharma made them pay well enough, causing the Proteas to lose the match. Indians were handling cautiously with fast bowler, Rabada. With no Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi it would have been difficult for a second-string attack to contain the Indian batsmen.
As there was no scoreboard pressure, Rohit and KL Rahul shared an 85-run partnership and later Rohit and Dhoni, who added 74, went on hitting the bad deliveries.
Earlier in the day, not a single batsman could reach half-century. But it was a great shame when Chris Morris, being the highest run scorer scored only 42 runs and skipper, du Plessis could manage only 38 runs.
Beginning so late in this tournament, India finally got to play its match and this kind of a comfortable win surely boosts the team’s confidence to look forward to the next match against giant Australia on June 9.