Dhawan helps to crush South Africa in a historic win

In India’s second India Vs South Africa match in the ICC World Cup 2015, India prove themselves once again as one of the major forces of this tournament, despite their unsuccessful two-and-a-half months in Australia. Despite being considered as one of the weaker teams, displayed calmness in the limited over matches, and have proven themselves as one of the forces to be careful about. In a historic India Vs South Africa match against South Africa, India clinched a victory against South Africa for the first time in a World Cup match. It is clear that the team has learnt from its mistakes in the Triangular Series, and done extremely well in a match that will potentially decide which team is likely to finish top of the group. Let’s take a look at India Vs South Africa highlights.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

India, it seems, seemed to be following an age-old, trusted strategy. Opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opened the match, but, like in the previous match, Sharma failed to get a substantial score. Dhawan, Virat Kohli continued slowly, ensuring that their team had a solid foundation. After that, their gameplay accelerated. Dhawan scored his first century in the three months in Australia. Hhe bested his personal best record, and went on to set the record for the highest score against South Africa in a World Cup match, with a whopping 137. Though Kohli fell for 46, it was Ajinkya Rahane who hit 79 off 60, providing great support to Dhawan. India’s defence strategy was fairly simple, as they bowled as few bad balls as possible. South Africa wilted under pressure.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

Both the plans were executed brilliantly, which worked all the more because of its simplicity and preparation. South Africa consulted Gary Kirsten and Michael Hussey, while the extra bowler they picked was Wayne Parnell. They also chose to pick spinners in rather unconventional parts of the innings, but the anxiety evident mainly in case of fielding. Dhawan was dropped by Hashim Amla on 53, but South Africa’s anxiety showed through the unnecessary throws at the stumps, as well as the fumbles on the ground. Their performance was unlike anything they have given in recent past.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

The match changed in due course as, in the beginning, Rohit Sharma was sent back by AB de Villiers at 0, with a direct hit from extra cover. Both Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander were bowling well, but, team India, instead of panicking, which worked in their favour. In 14 overs, they reached the rate of 4 RPO, for the first time, and South Africa started showing agitation, as Philander had a hamstring injury, Morne Morkel was nothing but ordinary, and Parnell was the easy target.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

South Africa was attacked by Dhawan and Kohli proper attacking shots, instead of scoops and reverses, adding 127 in 24.2 overs. While Dhawan had a positively dominating attitude, Kohli took the back seat. However, things plummeted for South Africa. Dhawan slowly reached 53 off 73 and Kohli was getting over his slow start, but South Africa missed capturing the first opportunity it received to put a stop to the attack. With Dhawan cutting Parnell to Amla’s right, Amla dropped a fairly regular catch.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

Kohli had spoken about sustained momentum before the match, and had also talked about being solely dependent on the final 10 overs. He and Dhawan took 53 off the next seven overs, with Parnell as their main target. India could be slowed down, neither when Steyn returned, nor when Kohli fell to a long hop from Tahir, against the run of play. Rahane and Dhawan continued at a smooth but steady pace, building up to a Powerplay that fetched 44 runs with no loss of wicket. In India Vs South Africa, Rahane and Dhawan added 125 in 16.3 overs.
In the last few overs, South Africa managed to redeem itself a little, despite fairly ordinary fielding. In the last 10 overs, India scored only 80, but India managed to score quite a substantial total or 307, particularly because South Africa batting lineup ends by No. 6, though but their top six form a very strong batting list. However, under pressure, their batting faltered, as they have in the recent past.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

India left no place for any mistake, as South Africa arrived to bat in India Vs South Africa . The first three overs hardly saw a bad ball, and as Quinton de Kock went on to drive Mohammed Shami straight to mid-off, from a ball that was far away from driving length. The lack of easy boundaries incapacitated Amla, as he top-edged a hook. The much-criticised bowling of India started to complement the team’s score.

India Vs South Africa World Cup

Faf du Plessis came together with de Villiers at 40 for 2, as they worked hard to add 68 for the third wicket, as India dominated the ground with their fielding. As the asking rate rose, the pressure increased with every set of two-three dot balls. De Villiers responded to four straight dots in the 23rd over by risking an improbable second, but India was not very giving today, as Mohit Sharma managed to fly in from deep cover, throwing right by the stumps. The asking rate rose to about 7.5.
With no miracle to save South Africa, the team started getting further under pressure in India Vs South Africa . Wickets fell one after the other, as the team tried desperately to score some runs, though their chances of reaching 200 seemed bleaker and bleaker, further boosting India’s reputation to emerge as a strong contender in the big matches. As India knocked out of South Africa’s wickets at 130 and beat them by a staggering 177, they are almost sure to be in quarter-final the fourth-placed team from the other group.

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India vs South Africa ICC world cup 2015 Statistics

India Batting First Innings

BatsmanDecisionRunsBallsFourSixStrike Rate
Rohit Sharmarun out de Villers 06000
Shikhar Dhawanc H. Amla b W. Parnell13714616293.83
Virat Kohlic. du Plessis b l. Tahir46603076.66
Ajinkya Rahanelbw b D. Steyn796073131.33
Suresh Rainac sub b M. Morkel6510120
MS Dhonic de Kock b M. Morkel181130163.63
Ravindra Jadejarun out de Villers240050
Ravichandran AshwinNot Out5500100
Mohammed ShamiNot Out451080
Umesh Yadav
Mohit Sharma

South Africa Bowling First Innings

BowlerOverMaidenRunsWicketRuns Per OverNo BallWide
Dale Steyn1015515.500
Vernon Philander411904.7500
JP Dumny703905.5701
Morne Morkel1005925.900
Imran Tahir1004814.801
Wayne Parnell908519.4424

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South Africa Batting Second Innings

BatsmanDecisionRunsBallFourSixStrike Rate
Hashim Amla c M. Shami b M. Sharma22282078.57
Quinton de Kockc V. Kohli b M. Shami7151046.66
Faf du Plessisc S. Dhawan b M. Sharma55775077.46
AB de Villiersrun out M. Sharma303830078.94
David Millerrun out U. Yadav22232095.65
JP Duminyc S. Raina b R. Sharma6150040
Wayne ParnellNot Out17281060.71
Vernon Philander 0 2 0 0 0lbw b R. Ashwin02000
Dale Steync S. Dhawan b M. Shami170014.28
Morne Morkelb R. Ashwin250040
Imran Tahirlbw b R. Jadeja8101080

India Bowling Second Innings

BowlerOverMaidenRunWicketRuns Per OverNo BallWide
Umesh Yadav603405.6601
Mohammed Shami813023.7502
Mohit Sharma703124.4202
Ravindra Jadeja8.203714.4401
Ravichandran Ashwin1004134.100
Suresh Raina1030300

India Vs South Africa World Cup

MATCH INFO

Toss: IND won the toss and elected to bat

Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZ)

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Steve Davis (AUS)

Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan

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