India have started their World Cup mission 2019 in a stylish manner as they restricted the Proteas to a modest total of 227 runs in their first game of the tournament at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The bowler duo comprising of Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah bowled fabulously well to rattle the opposition batsmen and never allowed them to seize in the control of the game. Chahal was the star performer in the first innings, picking a sensational four-wicket haul with an impressive economy, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled well towards the end. Many of the South African batters got some significant starts but all of them failed to convert them into bigger innings.
Bumrah halts South Africa’s opening progress
South African skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first as he reckoned that the combination of the side demands the same. Indian new ball bowler Jasprit Bumrah halted the Proteas opening progress by removing the veteran opener Hashim Amla quite early with just 11 runs on the scoreboard. He then also got the better of the other opener, Quinton de Kock as skipper Virat Kohli took a fantastic catch in the slips region. Bumrah bowled an amazing opening spell to leave the Proteas in a troublesome situation at 24 for 2.
Chahal picks up two in an over
After the dismissal of the two openers, the duo comprising of skipper Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen took the responsibility to bail their team out of trouble. The pair of du Plessis and van der Dussen added a fine partnership of 54 runs. They were batting very nicely until when Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a brilliant 19th over as he dismissed both du Plessis and van der Dussen in a space of just five balls. JP Duminy also got out pretty soon without giving much of troubles to the scorers.
The pair of David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo then tried to lead their team to some sort of respite with a brief stand of 46 runs before Chahal once again halted the progress. The right-arm leggie removed Miller by taking a fine catch of his bowling. Both the Indian wristspinners, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bowled very well in the middle-overs stage to control the run-flow.
Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris then started taking the risk and brought out some big hits from his armory. He stitched an excellent partnership of 66 runs along with Kagiso Rabada to help South Africa finish with a fighting total of 227 runs in their quota of 50 overs. For India, Chahal was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four crucial wickets. The duo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar also bowled well at the start as well as the death and scalped two wickets each.
South Africa 227/9 in 50 overs (Chris Morris-42, Faf du Plessis-38; Yuzvendra Chahal 4/51, Jasprit Bumrah 2/35) vs India.