India vs South Africa match was more about history than just being another match. For a change, history was against India and having won vs Pakistan, they had just showed history matters. But, against South Africa, having lost all the three matches, they did not get bowed down by past and broke history while registering the biggest loss of South Africa in World Cup. World’s best ODI batting line up could not even hit a six in their innings, tells a great tale of bowling as Indian team won by 130 runs.
- MOM: Shikhar Dhawan
130 runs is biggest loss of South Africa in World Cup.
3-0 clean sheet changed to 3-1 as India defy history.
- 137 is Dhawan’s 7th ODI century, all in wins.
2 50s: 60-ball 79 by Rahane
71-ball 55 by Faf du Plessis
5 6s by Indians, None by South Africa.
- 3 Maidens: 1 each by Steyn, Philander, Shami
Most Successful: 3/41 by Ashwin
Most Economic: 3.75 Shami
Most Expensive: 1/85 (8 overs) by Parnell
Score and Partnerships
- 2nd consecutive 300+ score by India.
127 2nd Dhawan, Kohli
125 3rd Dhawan, Rahane
Repeat of Match 1 vs Pakistan for India
Indian performance was a repeat of their first match against Pakistan. They won the toss, elected to bat, Rohit Sharma failed, two consecutive century partnership with century from a batsman, and then good but less than expected total on the board.
Bowlers struck early and then except one comparatively 50+ partnership, did not let the opponent batsmen run amok.
South Africa Collapse, Disciplined Bowling and Fielding by India
Chasing 308 runs, South African batting faced a disciplined Indian bowling. QUinton de Kock (7) failed again. Amla (22) went trying to break the shackles. Faf du Plessis (55) was their only challenge. The big guys AB de Villiers (30) and David Miller (22) were run out.
Duminy (6), Philander (0), Steyn (1), Morne Morkel (2) and Imran Tahir (8) were part of the collapse. 68-run 3rd wicket partnership between Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers was the only time where they showed some challenge. Otherwise, it was another one-sided match of the World Cup.
For Indians, except Umesh Yadav (0/34 in 6 overs) all the bowlers were successful. Shami (2/30 in 8 overs), Mohit Sharma (2/31 in 7 overs), Jadeja (1/37 in 8.2 overs) worked together as unit while Ashwin (3/41) was the most successful. Even Raina’s 1 over could yield only 3 runs.