India register first win in World Cup against South Africa; win by 130 runs at Melbourne
In the last match, India maintained their unbeaten World Cup record against Pakistan. This time, they broke their winless record against the South Africans in the big event, with a comfortable 130-run victory in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 encounter at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. With this win, India topped the Pool B’s Points Table in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Full Scorecard: India vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool B match
Buoyed by Shikhar Dhawan’s magnificent 137 and Ajinkya Rahane’s aggressive 79, India managed to score 307 for seven after electing to bat first. South Africa crumbled under pressure with some good Indian bowling on show.
At one stage, South Africa looked in control of the run-chase. With the likes of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis in the middle, there was no reason to panic. The duo has the ability to shift gears anytime and that danger was lurking through their 68-run stand. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla had been dismissed early in the innings as the Indians bowled in the tight channels. But, things seemed to work in favour of South Africa with de Villiers and du Plessis in the middle. UPDATES: India vs South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Then came the game changing moment. In the 23rd over, de Villiers played one to the deep on the off-side and set off for a couple. Mohit Sharma came around and threw it into Dhoni’s gloves perfectly as he took his bails off. It was Mohit’s day for he had earlier foxed Amla with a short ball, which was pulled into the hands of fine leg. And then, he dismissed du Plessis a few overs after the de Villiers run-out. South Africa never recovered from that as the spinners strangled them further. Mohammed Shami, Mohit and Ravichandran Ashwin shared the spoils with some good disciplined bowling through the South African innings