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  • 11:09 PM IST

    Two stars, who starred in India’s win, in one frame:

  • 11:07 PM IST

    India have opened their campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with an emphatic six-wicket win over South Africa at the Rose Bowl, underlining their tag as one of the tournament favourites.

    In front of a landscape of blue fans packed into the stands, Virat Kohli‘s team found their leaders in Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal with the ball to limit South Africa to 227/9 in their 50 overs, and then Rohit Sharma who hit a defiant 122* off 144 deliveries as they completed their chase in 47.3 overs.

    This handed South Africa their third defeat in a row, which means they are on very shaky ground at the World Cup.

  • 11:07 PM IST

    Virat Kohli (3/3): On the field, we were confident as a group. With the bat, we had to work our way through. That’s where Rohit’s innings was very very special. KL batted really well with him. Then MS showed great composure. Hardik finished well too. He looks in a good headspace.

  • 11:06 PM IST

    Virat Kohli (2/3): We were going to bowl first. Jasprit is operating at a different level to be honest. Chahal was outstanding as well. There’s one thing to see a bowler bowl, but to catch that ball, to feel the heaviness of it. When I caught it, I could feel the pain for 15 minutes. With the new ball he was absolutely outstanding. Haven’t seen Amla get out like that. Even Quinny, he rushed him for pace. The first win is always important.

  • 11:06 PM IST

    Virat Kohli (1/3): The wait was very long and then you get a game like this where it was challenging throughout. We might not have had the run rate, but if you look at how the game went and how the pitch behaved, it was challenging. Hats off to Rohit, and also the guys who batted around him.

  • 11:05 PM IST

    Faf du Plessis (3/3): The change-room is hurting. We are making mistakes all the time – today the mistake was one guy not batting through the innings. To have so many 30s and 40s is not acceptable at a World Cup.

  • 11:05 PM IST
    Faf du Plessis: (2/3): Some great batting by Rohit, a bit of luck, but he did what we didn’t do – saw the innings through. The build-up to the match, a lot of runs were scored, and the make-up of our team, with the fast-bowling resources gone, we went with spin. If we had Ngidi, we would have the chance to attack with overcast conditions. Rabada was an absolute champion – he was extremely unlucky, and I have never seen so many balls falling in no-mans land, but he was he and Morris were excellent today, bowling with pace and good control and even got 40-odd runs today. They were the two stand-out performers today.
  • 11:04 PM IST

    Faf du Plessis (1/3): I thought India were magnificent on a tough pitch. They bowled really well. Their bowling attack is strong. All bases covered. Fast bowlers initially and spinners who get wickets. We clawed back with the bat again.

  • 11:02 PM IST

    Rohit Sharma (3/3): That’s the beauty of playing in England – we are playing a little early. We play in July/August, but this is June. The weather has been good, and overcast, so you don’t sweat too much like in India. It wasn’t a typical Rohit Sharma innings, but I had to play out the overs initially to make sure that the job is done.

  • 11:02 PM IST

    Rohit Sharma (2/3): 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. That’s been the hallmark of this team over the last two years – someone always puts their hand up and takes the responsibility to take the team across the line. I hope at some stage someone will put their hand up and take that challenge.

Match highlights, India vs South Africa, Match 8: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal star as India beat South Africa by six wickets

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 8 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between India and South Africa at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. This will be India’s tournament opener, while South Africa will be playing their third World Cup 2019 game, still searching for their first win of the season.

DREAM 11 PREDICTION | LIVE STREAMING

Fans of the Indian cricket team – and they are countless – can be forgiven for being a bit miffed by the delay in getting to see their heroes in action.

India landed in London on May 22. Since then, they’ve played two World Cup warm-up matches. Trained four times (their fifth training is today). Virat Kohli went and met the Queen. Since the World Cup began on May 30, South Africa, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have played two matches. New Zealand and Australia one each. India?

They went for a paintball session.

When Kohli’s team meet South Africa at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl on Wednesday (June 5) in match eight of the World Cup, it will be the seventh day of the tournament. Farcical, I hear you say?

Perhaps. There are murmurs of the BCCI influencing the ICC to have India’s first match of the World Cup pushed back to give the team rest after the exhausting IPL. In other corners, there is talk of the gap giving Kohli’s team more time to acclimatise. From a fan’s perspective, it is frustrating to have to wait.

My Dream11 Team

1.Quinton de Kock, 2.Virat Kohli (CAPTAIN), 3. Shikhar Dhawan (VICE CAPTAIN), 4. KL Rahul, 5. Rassie Van Der Dussen, 6. Aiden Markram, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Yuzvendra Chahal, 9. Jasprit Bumrah, 10. Kagiso Rabada, 11. Imran Tahir

Editorial team of CricketCountry.