India vs South Africa ICC World Cup 2019 Match Highlights
Well, that was a comfortable win for India in the end.
Jasprit Bumrah set the standard with a brilliant spell of quick seam bowling to start the game, getting Amla and de Kock early on in the process. The pitch gave a lot of help to both side’s quick bowlers in the first 10 or so overs, with some disconcertingly steep bounce. Just when SA had rebuilt, Yuzvendra Chahal got van der Dussen and du Plessis in quick succession, followed by JP Duminy.
The Proteas batted out their overs to make 229/9, but in truth, that never looked like being enough, even though Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris both bowled brilliantly. Rabada got Shikhar Dhawan early on and Quinton de Kock took probably the second-best catch of this World Cup so far to get rid of Virat Kohli, but Rohit Sharma took over with a classy hundred, and India ended up winning with 15 balls to spare.
For South Africa, this is their third defeat out of three, THEIR WORST RUN IN ANY WORLD CUP, and any confidence they had will be ebbing away fast.
India though has shown that they have a very dangerous bowling attack to complement probably the strongest top six in this tournament. They will be tough to beat if they can maintain this sort of form over the next five weeks.
Virat Kohli: ‘If you look at how the game went and the pitch behaved, it was challenging. Hats off to Rohit, it was a very professional win. We were going to bowl first had we won the toss, with the new ball conditions were going to be difficult, and we knew they were coming off two losses. Jasprit is operating at a different level, batsmen are always feeling the pressure. Chahal too was outstanding.’
Rohit Sharma: ‘There was something in it for the bowlers throughout the game, and I couldn’t play my natural game. I wanted to leave a lot of balls initially, I was trying to stick to the basics and build partnerships even though it was a small total. I had fun, it wasn’t a typical Rohit Sharma innings, I had to play out the overs to ensure I got the job done.”