September 22, 2019 | 4:03 AM IST
india vs south africa

India plays its first match at ICC World Cups and leads to a confident win

India had a confident start at its first match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday and scored 230 for 4 against South Africa’s 227 for 9 at The Rose Bowl in Southhampton. South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first. The Men in Blue gave the Proteas a torrid time. The Proteas have slumped to three defeats in all the three matches played during the major tournament.

On Wednesday, Rohit Sharma gave an excellent batting stint performance giving 122 runs off 144 balls and later struck an unbeaten century, while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah bowled a fiery opening sending both South African openers back to pavilion after a spell of five overs and 13-2 runs. Bumrah then gave the same treatment to Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock to outside edges and set the pitch of the match for just 34 runs after 10 overs.

In their bowling innings, the Kagiso Rabada offered South Africa their best remaining hope. He dared in the build-up to describe Kohli as “immature” and with South Africa knowing that they would need all 10 wickets to have any realistic chance of winning giving India a brief spell of discomfort.
India will play Australia in the World Cup on June 9.

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