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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
India vs South Africa ICC world cup 2015 Statistics
India Batting First Innings
|Rohit Sharma||run out de Villers||0||6||0||0||0|
|Shikhar Dhawan||c H. Amla b W. Parnell||137||146||16||2||93.83|
|Virat Kohli||c. du Plessis b l. Tahir||46||60||3||0||76.66|
|Ajinkya Rahane||lbw b D. Steyn||79||60||7||3||131.33|
|Suresh Raina||c sub b M. Morkel||6||5||1||0||120|
|MS Dhoni||c de Kock b M. Morkel||18||11||3||0||163.63|
|Ravindra Jadeja||run out de Villers||2||4||0||0||50|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Not Out||5||5||0||0||100|
|Mohammed Shami||Not Out||4||5||1||0||80|
South Africa Bowling First Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Runs||Wicket||Runs Per Over||No Ball||Wide|
South Africa Batting Second Innings
|Hashim Amla||c M. Shami b M. Sharma||22||28||2||0||78.57|
|Quinton de Kock||c V. Kohli b M. Shami||7||15||1||0||46.66|
|Faf du Plessis||c S. Dhawan b M. Sharma||55||77||5||0||77.46|
|AB de Villiers||run out M. Sharma||30||38||30||0||78.94|
|David Miller||run out U. Yadav||22||23||2||0||95.65|
|JP Duminy||c S. Raina b R. Sharma||6||15||0||0||40|
|Wayne Parnell||Not Out||17||28||1||0||60.71|
|Vernon Philander 0 2 0 0 0||lbw b R. Ashwin||0||2||0||0||0|
|Dale Steyn||c S. Dhawan b M. Shami||1||7||0||0||14.28|
|Morne Morkel||b R. Ashwin||2||5||0||0||40|
|Imran Tahir||lbw b R. Jadeja||8||10||1||0||80|
India Bowling Second Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Run||Wicket||Runs Per Over||No Ball||Wide|
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