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Rohit, Chahal And Bumrah Orchestrate Bright Start For India

The Men in Blue have kicked off their World Cup 2019 campaign in a sensational way, registering a clinical 6-wicket victory over South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. The Indian bowlers delivered a sensational performance to restrict the Proteas under a pretty modest first innings total. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up fabulous four-wicket haul, while Jasprit Bumrah claimed two crucial scalps. In the second innings, Rohit Sharma showed great composure and temperament to notch up a match-winning hundred and helped India chase the total pretty comfortably.

Chahal and Bumrah's brilliant spells restricts South Africa to 227

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, South Africa got off to a poor start as both their opening batters, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock got dismissed with just 24 runs on the board. Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant spell with the new ball to rattle both the South African openers. The pair of Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen then stitched a stand of 54 runs to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. However, Yuzvendra Chahal brought his team back in the game after removing both the set batsmen, du Plessis and van der Dussen in a single over. 

After the fall of these two wickets, the South African innings never really recovered as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. The trio of Chris Morris, David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo did play some vital knocks each, but still South Africa managed to post a pretty modest total of 227 runs. Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he finished with four wickets to his name, while Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two wickets each. 

Rohit Sharma becomes India’s first centurion in WC 2019

Chasing a stiff target of 228 runs, just like the opposition, India also didn’t get off to the best of starts as opener Shikhar Dhawan was sent back to the pavilion in just the sixth over of the innings. After his dismissal, the pair of Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli then resurrected the Indian innings with a tentative partnership of 41 runs before Quinton de Kock took a brilliant catch behind the stumps to get the better of the Indian captain. However, even after Kohli’s wicket, Rohit kept on batting with a great calm and composed approach.

He brought up a fine and vital half-century to announce his himself in this World Cup. Rohit compiled a fabulous partnership of 85 runs along with KL Rahul to keep the South African bowlers at bay for quite some time. Rahul was looking good and slowly seemed to get into rhythm, but suddenly he got out in form of soft dismissal off a delivery bowled by Kagiso Rabada.

But Rohit never lost his focus and racked up a fabulous hundred in the first World Cup 2019 game itself. He also compiled a significant partnership of 74 runs together with MS Dhoni. The opener played a staggering knock of 122 runs off 144 balls that included 13 fours and 2 sixes and remained unbeaten till the end, to help India chase down the total with 15 balls to spare in the game.

Brief Scores

South Africa: 227/9 in 50 overs (Chris Morris-42, Faf du Plessis-38; Yuzvendra Chahal 4/51, Jasprit Bumrah 2/35)

India: 230/4 in 47.3 overs (Rohit Sharma-122*, MS Dhoni-34; Kagiso Rabada 2/39)

Result: India won the match by 6 wickets.