India beat South Africa by six wickets in their opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. After opting to bat first, the Proteas couldn't get a partnership going and were restricted to 227/9. Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped two apiece. In reply, Rohit Sharma's unbeaten century helped India cross the finishing line with 15 balls to spare. This was South Africa's third consecutive loss in the tournament. Get highlights of India vs South Africa here (SCORECARD | BAN vs NZ | POINTS TABLE | FULL SCHEDULE)
22:56 hrs IST: That's it. Thank you for joining us!
Rohit Sharma, Man of the Match: "Different experience from India. There was something in it for the bowlers through the game, so you had to play out the overs initially and see what the ball was doing. Couldn't play my natural game. You have to take your time. Certain shots that I like playing, I had to cut out and play close to the body, and follow the basics properly - try and leave as many balls as possible on a pitch that is doing a bit. Building partnerships were key in this chase. It was a small total, but since there was something in it for the bowlers, it was tough and we needed partnerships. It's the batsmen's job to get the job done, whoever is out in the middle. We can't rely on one of two individuals all the time."
22:46 hrs IST: FOUR! That's it. India win by six wickets. Third consecutive loss for South Africa in the tournament.
22:35 hrs IST: OUT! Dhoni c and b Chris Morris 34(46) [4s-2]. India are 213/4 after 46.1 overs. Hardik Pandya comes to the crease.
22:28 hrs IST: Tahir finishes with figures of 0/58. India are 208/3 after 45 overs. Rohit 120*, Dhoni 30*
22:21 hrs IST: Seventeen runs off the last 12 balls. India are 193/3 after 43 overs. Rohit 107*, Dhoni 28*
22:12 hrs IST: Single and that's a century for Rohit Sharma. What an innings from the Indian vice-captain! His second 100-plus score in 50-over World Cup. India are 176/3 after 41 overs.
22:04 hrs IST: Seven off the last two overs. India are 171/3 after 40 overs. Rohit 97*, Dhoni 17*
21:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball from Morris and Dhoni pulls it to deep backward squar eleg boundary. India are 164/3 after 38 overs.
21:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Phehlukwayo and Rohit times it straight over the bowler for a boundary. Moves to 94. India are 158/3 after 37 overs.
21:43 hrs IST: Just seven runs off the last 12 deliveries. India are 150/3 after 35 overs. Rohit 88*, Dhoni 5*
21:35 hrs IST: Four runs off Tahir's eighth over. India are 143/3 after 33 overs.
21:30 hrs IST: OUT! Second scalp for Rabada. Rahul goes for 26(42). MS Dhoni comes to the crease. India are 139/3 after 32 overs.
21:23 hrs IST: Expensive over from Tahir, 10 runs off it. India are 139/2 after 31 overs. Rohit 83*, Rahul 26*
21:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Too wide from Tahir, Rohit gets into position and cuts it later in the gap between backward point and short third man. India are 123/2 after 29 overs.
21:08 hrs IST: A couple of boundaries for Rohit. Shamsi hasn't been that effective. India are 113/2 after 27 overs.
21:04 hrs IST: FOUR! Short of length from Morris, straying down leg, Rahul times to fine leg. Moves to 18. India are 102/2 after 26 overs.
20:58 hrs IST: Just four runs off the last two overs. India are 95/2 after 25 overs. Rohit 53*, Rahul 13*
20:50 hrs IST: Single towards long-on and that's a half-century for Rohit. Needs to stay till the end. India are 91/2 after 23 overs.
20:45 hrs IST: Another maiden over from Morris. India are 82/2 after 22 overs.
20:40 hrs IST: Four runs off Shamsi's second over. India are 82/2 after 21 overs. Rohit 43*, Rahul 11*
20:37 hrs IST: Two boundaries, one each from Rohit and Rahul. Costly over from Phehlukwayo, 10 runs off it. India are 78/2 after 20 overs.
20:28 hrs IST: Another good over from Phehlukwayo, just three off it. India are 65/2 after 18 overs.
20:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Tahir, Rohit goes back and pulls it to the square leg boundary. India are 62/2 after 17 overs. Rohit 33*, Rahul 2*. Time for drinks!
20:17 hrs IST: OUT! Massive blow to India. Kohli goes for 18(34). First scalp for Phehlukwayo. KL Rahul comes to the crease. India are 54/2 after 16 overs.
20:09 hrs IST: Eight runs off the last 12 balls. India are 47/1 after 14 overs. Rohit 26*, Kohli 12*
20:02 hrs IST: South Africa continue to keep the scoring rate down, but they needs wickets. India are 39/1 after 12 overs.
19:55 hrs IST: Impressive from Tahir. Just two singles. India are 36/1 after 11 overs. Rohit 22*, Kohli 5*. Andile Phehlukwayo comes into the attack.
19:52 hrs IST: Three singles off Rabada's fifth over. India are 34/1 after 10 overs. Tahir comes back into the attack.
19:48 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Kohli. Morris has been magnificent so far. Just 10 off his first four overs. India are 31/1 after 9 overs.
19:44 hrs IST: SIX! Short ball from Rabada, down leg, Rohit pummels it over wide fine leg boundary for a maximum. Costly over from the South African, 15 runs off it. India are 29/1 after 8 overs.
19:39 hrs IST: Maiden over from Morris. Needs to keep the good work going. India are 14/1 after 7 overs. Rabada again.
19:35 hrs IST: OUT! Dhawan finds an edge and De Kock completes an easy catch behind the stumps. First wicket for Rabada. He totally deserves it. Virat Kohli comes to the crease. India are 14/1 after 6 overs.
19:29 hrs IST: Solid over from Morris, just two off it. India are 13/0 after 5 overs.
19:25 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Rabada, only one run off it. India are 11/0 after 4 overs. Dhawan 8*, Rohit 3*
19:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Short of length from Morris and Dhawan pulls it to deep square leg for his first boundary of the day. India are 10/0 after 3 overs. Rabada to continue.
19:16 hrs IST: Good start from Rabada, troubles both openers. India are 4/0 after 2 overs. Chris Morris comes into the attack.
19:13 hrs IST: Single off the last delivery for Dhawan, towards mid-off. India are 3/0 after the first over. Kagiso Rabada comes into the attack.
19:10 hrs IST: Time for India's chase. Shikhar Dhawan to take strike. Imran Tahir to bowl the first over.
18:41 hrs IST: That's it. South Africa finish on 227/9. What a performance from the Indian bowlers! Right on the target from the word go. Join us in about 25-30 minutes for India's response.
18:33 hrs IST: Great over from Bumrah, just six off it. Finishes with 2/35. South Africa are 224/7 after 49 overs. Bhuvneshwar to bowl the final six balls.
18:29 hrs IST: Nine runs off Bhuvneshwar's ninth over. South Africa are 218/7 after 48 overs. Bumrah to bowl the penultimate over.
18:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Low full toss from Bumrah and Morris smacks it through extra cover. South Africa are 209/7 after 47 overs.
18:18 hrs IST: Ten runs off the last two overs. South Africa are 200/7 after 46 overs. Morris 33*, Rabada 13*
18:08 hrs IST: And Chahal ends with 4/51. South Africa are 190/7 after 44 overs. Morris 28*, Rabada 12*
18:05 hrs IST: Expensive over from Pandya, nine runs off it. South Africa are 182/3 after 43 overs. Chahal to bowl his final over.
18:02 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Chahal, down leg, Morris rocks back and smashes it over backward square leg for a maximum. South Africa are 173/7 after 42 overs. Pandya comes back into the attack.
17:58 hrs IST: Kuldeep finishes with figures of 1/46. South Africa are 164/7 after 41 overs.
17:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni doesn't miss such stumpings. Phehlukwayo departs for 34. Fourth wicket for Chahal. Can he take a five-wicket haul in his first-ever World Cup match? South Africa are 161/7 after 40 overs.
17:46 hrs IST: Eight runs off the last 12 balls. South Africa are 146/6 after 38 overs. Phehlukwayo 26*, Morris 5*
17:39 hrs IST: OUT! Soft dismissal. Miller fails to convert a good start, once again. Same thing happened against Bangladesh. Third wicket for Chahal. Chris Morris comes to the crease. South Africa are 138/6 after 36 overs.
17:33 hrs IST: Seven runs off the last two overs. South Africa are 134/5 after 35 overs. Chahal comes back into the attack.
17:26 hrs IST: Excellent over from Bhuvneshwar, just three off it. South Africa are 127/5 after 33 overs. Miller 29*, Phehlukwayo 16*
17:19 hrs IST: Tidy over from Jadhav, only one run off it. South Africa are 124/5 after 32 overs. Time for drinks!
17:16 hrs IST: Maiden over from Bumrah. South Africa are 123/5 after 31 overs. If the Proteas can somehow get past 250, India's chase will get a bit tricky.
17:12 hrs IST: Five runs off Jadhav's second over. End of 30 overs. South Africa are 123/5, Miller 26*, Phehlukwayo 15*
17:09 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Bumrah, on Miller's pads, the South African flicks it past the fielder at mid-on for a boundary. South Africa are 118/5 after 29 overs.
17:04 hrs IST: Seven runs off the last 12 balls. South Africa are 112/5 after 28 overs. Miller 18*, Phehlukwayo 12*. Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack.
16:56 hrs IST: Chahal continues to keep it tight. Boundaries have been hard to come by. South Africa are 105/5 after 26 overs. Phehlukwayo 15*, Miller 8*
16:52 hrs IST: Good over Kuldeep Yadav. Five singles. In the last five overs, South Africa have scored just 23 runs for one wicket. They are 103/5 after 25 overs.
16:45 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket, this time from Kuldeep. Gets Duminy. South Africa are 89/5 after 23 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo comes to the crease.
16:40 hrs IST: Outstanding over from Chahal, only three runs off it. South Africa are 88/4 after 22 overs. Miller 6*, Duminy 3*
16:37 hrs IST: Five runs off Kuldeep's fourth. South Africa are 85/4 after 21 overs. Chahal to continue.
16:33 hrs IST: DOUBLE-STRIKE! And leg-spin does the trick for India. Chahal gets the better of Dussen and Du Plessis in the space of six deliveries. Proteas in all sorts of trouble now. David Miller and JP Duminy at the crease. South Africa are 80/4 after 20 overs.
16:26 hrs IST: Three singles off Pandya's fifth over. South Africa are 78/2 after 19 overs. Time to bring in Kedar Jadhav into the attack?
16:23 hrs IST: Good start from Chahal, four runs off his first. South Africa are 75/2 after 18 overs.
16:19 hrs IST: Six runs off Pandya's fourth over. South Africa are 71/2 after 17 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack.
16:12 hrs IST: Costly over from Kuldeep, nine off it. South Africa are 65/2 after 16 overs. Du Plessis 33*, Dussen 15*. Time for drinks!
16:08 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Dussen. Good over for South Africa, eight runs off it. They are 56/2 after 15 overs. Kuldeep again.
16:04 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Kuldeep and Dussen smacks it through cover for his first boundary of the day. South Africa are 48/2 after 14 overs.
16:01 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Pandya, just three off it. South Africa are 43/2 after 13 overs. A couple of wickets and the Proteas will be under tremendous pressure.
15:56 hrs IST: Three singles off Kuldeep's first six deliveries. South Africa are 40/2 after 12 overs. Du Plessis 15*, Dussen 8*. Pandya to continue.
15:53 hrs IST: Solid start from Pandya, only three runs off his first over. South Africa are 37/2 after 11 overs. Another change. Some spin now. Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack.
15:48 hrs IST: Just eight runs off the last 24 balls. End of the first Powerplay. South Africa are 34/2. Du Plessis 11*, Dussen 6*. First change in bowling. Hardik Pandya comes into the attack.
15:43 hrs IST: This is splendid from Bhuvneshwar. Du Plessis struggling to find his timing. South Africa are 32/2 after 9 overs. Seems like Bumrah is in for a long spell.
15:38 hrs IST: Superb over from Bumrah, only one run off it. South Africa are 31/2 after 8 overs. Du Plessis 11*, Dussen 3*
15:34 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Du Plessis flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. South Africa are 30/2 after 7 overs.
15:29 hrs IST: OUT! Good length delivery from Bumrah, De Kock looks to hit it towards cover but gets an outside edge and Kohli does the rest at third slip. Another impressive over from Bumrah, a wicket and just four runs. South Africa are 26/2 after 6 overs. Rassie van der Dussen comes to the crease.
15:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Bhuvneshwar, De Kock looks to flick it away but gets a leading edge and it runs down to the third man. Seven off the over. South Africa are 22/1 after 5 overs. Bumrah again.
15:19 hrs IST: Good over from Bumrah, a wicket and five runs. South Africa are 15/1 after 4 overs.
15:15 hrs IST: OUT! First wicket for Bumrah in World Cup. Amla gets a thick outside edge and Rohit Sharma completes a neat catch at second slip. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis comes to the crease.
15:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Bhuvneshwar and Amal hits it past point for his first boundary of the day. Bhuvneshwar finishes with a dot ball. South Africa are 10/0 after 3 overs.
15:08 hrs IST: Magnificent start from Bumrah, just two runs off his first six balls. No margin of error. Get a feeling something is going to happen here. South Africa are 4/0 after 2 overs. Bhuvneshwar to continue.
15:04 hrs IST: Little bit of seam movement for Bhuvneshwar. Great start from the Indian. South Africa are 2/0 after the first over. Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack.
15:01 hrs IST: Back of a length delivery from Bhuvneshwar and Amla works it to third man for a single. First runs of the day for the South African.
15:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Hashim Amla to take strike. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings.
14:46 hrs IST: Quinton de Kock averages 64.5 against India and has hit a half-century in six of his previous eight ODI innings.
14:36 hrs IST: Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
14:32 hrs IST: South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat.
14:20 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Virat Kohli has hit a century in each of his first games in a World Cup (100 in 2011, 107 in 2015).
14:05 hrs IST: Toss in 25 minutes. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka recovered from a dramatic batting collapse to knock over Afghanistan for 152 and seal a 34-run win in the 2019 World Cup match at Cardiff on Tuesday.
14:00 hrs IST: WHAT THEY SAID -
Faf du Plessis: "For myself, it's really important to stay strong. The team will feed off my energy and they will look up to the leadership group in the team. But I'm at the top of that so it is important that I stay positive, I stay strong, make sure I keep motivating the guys."
Virat Kohli: "Whether a team has played before or not, it really wouldn't matter on the day. It depends on how the side turns out, what kind of mental set-up they have and we have to be mentally and skilfully stronger than the opposition whoever we play to win on the day, so I think our focus will be that."
13:53 hrs IST: India have won six of their last seven ODIs against South Africa, although they lost their previous three ODIs against Australia back in March.
13:44 hrs IST: Beuran Hendricks has been called up to replace Dale Steyn, but the left-arm quick will not face India. Hashim Amla could return, having been left out against Bangladesh as a precaution after being struck on the helmet by Jofra Archer.
13:40 hrs IST: BIG NUMBER - The Proteas have won two of their previous three ODI matches at The Rose Bowl, while India have lost two of their three.
13:37 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - South Africa have lost back-to-back games in the same World Cup for just the second time in their history. They have never lost three in succession within the same tournament.
13:24 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to Outlook's live coverage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup encounter between India and South Africa.
India have had adequate rest. Almost all other teams have already played two games each and Kohli’s side will look to kick-start its campaign with a rousing performance.
The clash couldn't possibly have been more well-timed as India have a chance to hold the Proteas by the scruff of their neck when they are seemingly at their weakest. Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury, while fellow paceman Lungi Ngidi (hamstring) will play no part in Southampton.
It’ll be interesting to see whether India decide to go with four seamers and a spinner or three seamers and two spinners. KL Rahul is expected to take the No. 4 slot but it remains to be seen as to how well he performs when the condition are tough to bat.
Kedar Jadhav, who didn’t take part in both the warm-up games due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the IPL, is fit for the opener.
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