Shikhar Dhawan's maiden One-Day International ton and Ravindra Jadeja's all-round effort ensured a comfortable 26-run victory for India against South Africa in the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. India thus went on top in Group B in the points table.

India posted a commanding 331 for seven on the board before bowling out the Proteas on the last ball of the match for 305. The Indians thus picked up two points and started their campaign on a high.

South Africa, who chose to bowl first in chilly, overcast conditions at Cardiff, went in with four seamers, but failed to make the most of their advantage as the Indians milked 261 runs off Morne Morkel (none for 27), Ryan Mclaren (three for 70), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (two for 83) and Rory Kleinveldt (none for 81).
 
Dhawan (114 off 94 balls) was supported by Rohit Sharma (65 off 81 balls) up the order, before a flurry of wickets in the last 16 overs briefly stalled India’s surge. In the end, it was a cameo from Ravindra Jadeja (47 not out off 29 balls) that got India to a score they would have fancied themselves defending.