India bats first after winning the toss! Back to back two big bad matches for Rohit Sharma (0). This time no South African bowler could get him out but an Indian batsman! He gets run out on a Duck*. India scores 10 runs in 5 overs. After Rohit departs, both Dhawan and Kohli become the architects of the Indian inning.
Dhawan (137) played brilliantly! If it were not the mistake of Kohli in the last match against Pakistan, Dhawan could have made a century in that match as well. He becomes the second batsman after Tendulkar to make a century against South Africa and becomes the highest scorer in a World Cup match against this team. Amla would regret missing Dhawan’s catch.
Kohli (46) plays almost well but misses on his half century. Known for his experiments, captain cool (Dhoni) promotes Rahane (79) up in the order and as you know that most of his decisions go right, same happens with this decision as well.
Post Dhawan’s departure comes Raina (6) and hits the first ball for a four. Rarely you open your account like that in a World Cup match but after that when He tried to hit the other ball in the same fashion, he got a life line. That too rarely happens in a match against South Africa. But then the Raina story ends with a bad shot.
Comes Mahi (read Dhoni- 18) to the field, Rahane leaves! Joins Jadeja (2) and then he leaves as well. Mahi hits a four and a four and another four, in other words he hits hat trick boundary. And leaves.
Tel-lenders, Shami and Ashwin add 9 runs and the score reaches to 307/7.