A Historic win by India over South Africa at CWC 2015
History was made as India registered their first ever win over South Africa in a World Cup match.Defeating the Proteas by 130 runs and thus breaking the jinx of undefeated South Africans.Judging by India's current form, it now looks certain that India will top the pool B and face the fourth-placed team from the other
group in the quarter final.
South Africa dominated the proceedings pretty well by sending Rohit Sharma back to pavilion without scoring but unfortunately couldn't keep up the same momentum throughout the match.Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, took time to settle down and built the perfect base for the team before they began to rise up and accelerate their innings.It took them 14 overs to reach four an over for the first time. Dhawan did at his half century and got out for 46. By the time Kohli departed stage for a massive score was set.
In came Ajinkya Rahane who played superbly and scored 79 off 60 which helped Dhawan play his usual game. His quickfire innings meant that Rahane and Dhawan added 125 in just 16.3 overs. A settled Dhawan then began attacking South Africa on all sides of the ground and with various shots.
As far as the Proteas Bowling goes, it is suffice to say that the Stars were not in favour of South Africa as Philander had to leave due to hamstring injury, Morne Morkle wasn't in his best forms either and Parnell turned out to be the favorite target for the Indians, but the shocking fact was a rather average performance from Dale Steyn who could not hamper the batman’s momentum on the ground!
In the final few overs though, South Africa was able to save a few runs with a few quick wickets and hold India. A score that looked to go beyond 320 or 330 perhaps was restricted to 307 but it turned out to be way more than required..
India was spot on about the planning and the execution of plans, they were cautious of not committing blunders on the big occasion. South Africa came to bat shortly after. The South African batting order consisted of 6 proper batsmen.Depending heavily on the top order they required someone to make a big score and this time they failed miserably. The first two fall outs came in the form of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.
AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis came together at 40 for 2. With a lot of efforts they were able to add 68 runs on the board. India was great both with its bowling and fielding. The asking rate kept on touching the skies and the anxiety was apparent on South African batmen’s faces. The asking rate was soon close to 7.5 runs per over. AB de Villiers and Du Plessis’s dismissal was a clear signal of their future for the day. South Africa soon panicked and started losing wickets at the least wanted moments. Ultimately they were all out for mere 177 runs with 10 overs remaining and suffered the humiliation in front of a huge crowd of 86,878 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
AB de Villiers, the South African Cricket team captain looked baffled after their massive 130 runs defeat to India in the World Cup on Sunday. He was extremely disappointed by the performance of his team and displayed dissatisfaction towards their performance.
"All round we were very average," said de Villiers. "We lacked discipline in the field with dropped catches and untidy bowling and two run-outs in our innings was unacceptable."
Overall, India displayed an extraordinary work today, they were disciplined, their plans were well executed and everyone performed their duties well. Hope India carries this momentum throughout the world Cup and keep bringing laurels back home and make us all proud of them.