Day 9 of World Cup saw two giants India and South Africa meeting, while another giant Sri Lanka pipped against the newcomers Afghanistan. While the lesser profile match produced the closest match of the tournament, the big match of the day provided a record-breaking loss for historically favorite South Africa. One match saw scare for big team, other match saw historical scare wiped off in style by India on a day that saw 2 centuries, 3 50s, and another successful day for bowlers of all teams except South Africa.
Stats of the Day
- 6 maidens were bowled, 3 each in both matches.
12 sixes were hit during the day, 5 each from India and Afghanistan and 2 by Sri Lanka.
No Sixes by South Africa.
307/7 by India is 8th 300+ score of the tournament.
6th and 7th centuries of the tournament scored.
1st win by India vs South Africa.
4 bowlers grabbed 3-wickets on the day.
Mahela, Thisara, Dhawan and Rahane Ruled
Only four batsmen could call it their day among the four teams. Mahela scored his 19th ODI century, while Dhawan scored his 7th century in ODI. Thisara’s knock was vital as without his 26-ball 47 runs, Afghanistan could not have been stopped.
For India, Dhawan dominated the innings, while Rahane devastated the South African strong bowling line up, playing the same role that Raina played during first match vs Pakistan when Kohli had scored the century.
SL bowlers bundled Afghanistan for only 232 runs, while Afghan bowlers almost won them the match.
Strong batting of South Africa could not even hit a six in their big loss as the disciplined Indian bowling surprised everyone.
Only South African bowlers were listless as they conceded 307 runs without making any impact.