India vs South Africa – India maiden victory against SA


India vs South Africa : Maiden World Cup victory over South Africa, won by 130 runs

At last India manage to beat South Africa in the World Cup history. A powerful batting by the key players  Sikhar Dhawan and Rahane emerge India as strong favorites to claim the title of World Champion. India won the toss and elect to bat happily. They lost Rohit Sharma very early in second over but after that Virat and Sikhar played sensibly. The rest in batting is done by Rahane. When time to bowl, Indian pace bowlers Shami and Mohit found right line and length and Africans have to struggle for single run. Run out of de Villiers ensures the maiden victory against South Africa. 

Sikhar Dhawan at his best in India vs South Africa

The inning of 137 runs in India vs South Africa match is the best performance by any batsman vs SA in World Cup. He cross 134 runs made by the ex- Captain of New Zealand in World Cup 2003. Dhawan made 137 runs in 146 balls with the help of 16 fours and 2 sixes.

Indian bowling back in form in India vs South Africa

Indian pacers showed their intentions in World Cup against India vs South Africa match. Shami, Yadav and Mohit bowled at right line and length. they hardly bowl any boundary balls and backed by their team mates in out field. Spinners Ashwin and Jadeja did the rest. Shami took 4 wickets and make his position in top 5 bowlers in World Cup.

Captain’s word

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni: ‘Well I think more than just a result, it was how we played, I think it was back-to-back good performances, both by the bowling and the batting unit. I felt that’s one of the main reasons we can say we really enjoyed it. South Africa is a very good side, they are a fantastic side, so I feel you know overall, one more complete performance. It’s difficult to say because you can only speculate how important the toss was. I felt the wicket did change a bit, but I don’t think it was completely different. We were able to swing the ball under the lights, but overall I felt the bowlers bowled well. They bowled in the right areas. Even Jadeja I felt bowled really well, he varied his pace. He was not someone who was bowling quick and fast that he normally does. So, I think that was the reason he was quite successful today. He was backed well by all the other fast bowlers. Then also Ashwin, once he came in to bowl, he was also someone who varied his pace well. I think the couple of run-outs because we have been quite used to the fact of the opposition taking on our fast bowlers, specially when they are fielding in the deep. It is good to see Mohit and Umesh, both of them are quite fast. I won’t say they are the fastest in the world, but they are quite good. They have got a decent arm and I felt that once the batsmen took them on, that was the real turning point to a lot of extent because both of them, who are the set batsmen, they are important batsmen for South Africa. Well again, yes, I feel what’s happening really well is we are able to execute our plans. I can give field to my fast bowlers, they are not giving too many loose deliveries. What I have seen is there is improvement in each and every game that we are playing. Today, they bowled really tight lines, their batsmen had to play the big shots to get runs. So, it’s very pleasing to see. It is not really our strength, but I think the fast bowlers, the amount of effort they are putting in the nets, it has started to show now.’

AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers: ‘Obviously, losing the game is a disappointment. The run-outs cost us dearly tonight, just when we got started with the bat in hand, that’s where we lost the game I think, where we lost our way. It looked like 350 at one stage and we got ourselves back nicely, but those run-outs cost us dearly tonight. I can be hard on my bowlers and say that it was probably a 270-275 kind of wicket, but the way the Indians batted today throughout the day, we restricted them down to 307, it ended up being a good effort. I thought we could have gotten a lot closer tonight with the bat in hand, but it wasn’t good enough performance as the batting unit and we will just have to go and regroup, work hard and focus on our next game now. I don’t think it changed a hell of a lot, it doesn’t change the fact that I still thought that it was a good toss to win. It was one of those where you really wanted to bat first I feel in the afternoon and put a bit of pressure on the fielding team. We fielded a lot in heat and at the end of the day, there are no excuses and we should have played better tonight. That’s the end of the story right there. It ended up being a good decision, we lost Vernon throughout the innings and I needed Parnell’s overs today. Had we not done that, then I probably would have bowled again. We just didn’t bat well enough as a top 6.’


India Innings – 307/7 (50 overs)

BattingOut DescRB4s6sSR
Rohit Sharmarun out (de Villiers)06000.0
Shikhar Dhawanc Amla b Parnell13714616293.8
Virat Kohlic du Plessis b Tahir46603076.7
Ajinkya Rahanelbw b Steyn796073131.7
Suresh Rainac (sub)R Rossouw b M Morkel6510120.0
MS Dhoni (c & wk)c de Kock b M Morkel181130163.6
Ravindra Jadejarun out (de Villiers)240050.0
Ravichandran Ashwinnot out5500100.0
Mohammed Shaminot out451080.0
Extras 10(b – 0 w – 6, nb – 2, lb – 2)
Total 307(50 Overs, 7 Wickets)
Did not bat:Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma


Dale Steyn101551005.5
Vernon Philander41190004.8
Jean-Paul Duminy70390015.6
Morne Morkel100592005.9
Imran Tahir100481014.8
Wayne Parnell90851249.4


1Rohit Sharma9/12.5
2Virat Kohli136/227.1
3Shikhar Dhawan261/343.4
4Suresh Raina269/444.5
5Ajinkya Rahane278/545.6
6Ravindra Jadeja284/647.2
7MS Dhoni302/748.5

South Africa Innings – 177

BattingOut DescRB4s6sSR
Hashim Amlac Shami b Mohit Sharma22282078.6
Quinton de Kock (wk)c Kohli b Shami7151046.7
Faf du Plessisc Dhawan b Mohit Sharma55715077.5
AB de Villiers (c)run out (Mohit Sharma/Dhoni)30383078.9
David Millerrun out (Umesh/Dhoni)22232095.7
Jean-Paul Duminyc Raina b Ashwin6150040.0
Wayne Parnellnot out17281060.7
Vernon Philanderlbw b Ashwin02000.0
Dale Steync Dhawan b Shami170014.3
Morne Morkelb Ashwin250040.0
Imran Tahirlbw b R Jadeja8101080.0
Extras 7(b – 0 w – 6, nb – 0, lb – 1)
Total 177(40.2 Overs, 10 Wickets)


Umesh Yadav60340015.7
Mohammed Shami81302023.8
Mohit Sharma70312024.4
Ravindra Jadeja8.20371014.4
Ravichandran Ashwin100413004.1
Suresh Raina1030003.0


1Quinton de Kock12/13.3
2Hashim Amla40/210.2
3AB de Villiers108/322.5
4Faf du Plessis133/428.1
5Jean-Paul Duminy147/531.3
6David Miller153/633.4
7Vernon Philander153/733.6
8Dale Steyn158/836.2
9Morne Morkel161/937.2
10Imran Tahir177/1040.2




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