Thanks for the crackers says India
What was anticipated to be a quite an exciting match turned out to be a rather one sided affair, with South African batsman fizzling out and loosing by a massive 130 run margin . The match highlighted the dependency of the South African batting on its two key players De Villiers and Hashim Amla.
AB De Villiers walks back to the pavilion Source
The match was played at the MCG, a popular venue in the International cricketing circuit, particularly known for its long boundaries and seating capacity. Winning the toss on this venue is crucial, as the team batting first has a fair advantage over the other team. The ball skids on in the second half under the lights and batting is a bit difficult.
Sachin at MCG Source
The match tilted in India’s favor right from the start. They won the toss and decided to bat first. It looked like they planned to see off the overs with the new ball and keep wickets in hand. They more or less stuck to the plan, though they lost Rohit Sharma early in an unfortunate run out. Dhawan and Kohli put up a solid partnership. Rahane played a crucial role. Even after Kohli’s dismissal he didn’t let the momentum slow down and gave Shikhar Dhawan the time to complete his century without taking any risks. They both capitalized well in the batting power play, scoring 44 runs without giving any wickets. At one point it looked like India could easily put on 330 but they lost their way in the last 5 overs, ending their innings at 307/7.
Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century Source
The match was not over as South Africa is known to make tall chases. In fact, they have the record of chasing the highest total ever, 438 against Australia.
But, they lost their way early in the innings with De Kock and Amla dismissed. De Villiers and Plessis tried to fight their way back but De Villiers was run out. There on the wickets kept tumbling and the match was wrapped up in the 40th over of the South African innings with the scoreline reading a dismaying 177.
Some may argue that South Africa was one bowler short with Philander injuring his hamstring with 6 overs to bowl. But, still that doesn’t explain the defeat by such a huge amount.
What we are fighting for Source
India are not considered one of the favorites for this World Cup. But, after such a convincing win over one of the favorites, they surely have compelled the experts to review their decision.