In today’s match in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India won by 6 wicket (15 balls left),Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed four wickets, helping India restrict South Africa to a sub-par 227 for 9 in their opening encounter of the World Cup at The Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis’ decision to bat under overcast conditions backfired with Jasprit Bumrah (10-1-35-2) setting the tone with twin blows in his opening spell. Chahal (10-0-51-4) then tightened the noose on South African batsmen as they could never really force the pace during the middle overs. Incidentally, this was the best 10-over single spell (in terms of wickets taken) by any bowler in a World Cup game. South Africa’s total got some semblance of respectability courtesy Chris Morris (42 off 34) and Kagiso Rabada (31 not out off 35), who shared a much needed 66-run stand for the eighth wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10-0-44-2) coming in place of Mohammed Shami was impressive in his second spell.
Dinesh Karthik returned to India’s World Cup squad after 12 years, trumping Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s heir apparent Rishabh Pant in a selection move that will be debated for a long time.
The second wicketkeeper was the sole bone of contention for the marquee event starting in England and Wales on May 30 and the 33-year-old Karthik’s experience of 91 ODIs gave him the edge over the 21-year-old Pant, according to the five-member selection panel headed by MSK Prasad.
Karthik, the oldest Indian player in terms of international debut (three months before Mahendra Singh Dhoni in September 2004), was also part of the Indian squad during its disastrous 2007 World Cup campaign. He, however, missed the bus in 2011 and the 2015 editions.
In the squad, Dhoni will be playing his fourth, expected to be the final, 50-over World Cup. Kohli will play his third edition while Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were all part of the 2015 edition. India captain Kohli’s pre-IPL statement that the cash-rich league will have no effect on the selections proved to be prophetic as Pant’s 245 runs in the T20 showpiece fell short of Karthik’s 111 runs.
Shankar, with his “three-dimensional qualities”, took the slot which was speculated to go to Ambati Rayudu before his dip in form in the home series against Australia last month. Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round skills and his ability to be restrictive on dry wickets came into consideration during his selection in the 15.
With Hardik Pandya and Shankar to perform the duties of a combined fourth pacer, there was no place for an additional specialist speedster in the line-up. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the back-up pacer and Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are expected to start in all the big games, fitness permitting.
Dhoni had donned the uniform of a commando in 2011 when he was conferred an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment, but he did his training under the Para Brigade in 2015. During the course of his training, the former Indian captain did five parachute jumps, after he had written to the Army authorities to undertake the training himself.
The insignia-spotting invited Twitter reactions too, some posting other instances where the 37-year-old had donned on wardrobe with the insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces.
South Africa have included off-form opening batsman Hashim Amla in their squad for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales starting next month, but there is no place for all-rounder Chris Morris.
Amla’s selection has been the topic of hot debate. He has been a stalwart at the top of the order for the last decade, but his form in all formats has been called into question in the past year.
Morris’s exclusion as an all-rounder is a surprise given his form in the Indian Premier League and his death-bowling ability, but the selectors have instead opted for Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo, with only one of those ever likely to play at any given time.
Fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje were both injury doubts, but have been selected, with the former especially crucial to the side given his wicket-taking ability and economy in the opening overs.
Rassie van der Dussen, who only made his debut for the side in January but averages 88.25 from his eight ODI innings, was chosen ahead of Reeza Hendricks, while Test opener Aiden Markram also gets the nod on the back of some excellent domestic form.
Faf du Plessis will captain the side, with experienced batsman JP Duminy and fast bowler Dale Steyn also included. Imran Tahir will be the starting leg-spinner, with the guile of Tabraiz Shamsi another option in that department.
South Africa have opted not to select a specialist wicketkeeper as back-up to Quinton de Kock, but instead will rely on part-timer David Miller, who wore the gloves for some of the recent 5-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka. South Africa, seeking a first World Cup trophy win, open their campaign on May 30.
World Cup 2019, India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: India finally begin their campaign at the ICC World Cup 2019 against South Africa at Rose Gardens Cricket Stadium in Southampton on Wednesday. Virat Kohli’s side is well rested after the IPL and take on a desperate South Africa, who have seen two back-to-back defeats in the tournament so far against hosts England and Bangladesh. To make matters worse for Faf du Plessis’ side, senior speedster Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury and has been replaced by left-arm seamer Beuran.
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat. South Africa were restricted by India to 227/9 after brilliant bowling spell from Yuzvendra Chahal who bagged 4/55. Jasprit Bumrah bagged both the wickets of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock early on, while captain Faf du Plessis brought some stability to the batting of the Proteas with a 38, whilst Chris Morris finished as the highest run-getter for South-Africa with a late began his World Cup campaign on a sour note after he was dismissed for eight runs in the sixth over of India’s innings by Kagiso Rabada. But that was not before Rabada broke his bat during the short period that the batsman spent in the middle.Advertising
In the final delivery of the fourth over, Rabada bowled a low full toss at 146kph and Dhawan went for a defensive push with the ball striking the bottom end of his bat.
The impact was so much that after the ball struck the bat a substantial portion of it went flying behind the stump. Quinton de Kock then picked it up and handed the wood to the left-handed batsman.http://www.trendingsportsnet.com
Dhawan was soon removed in the very next delivery bowled by Rabada after he got an outside edge, which was collected calmly by the wicket-keeper. He was dismissed on 8 off 12 balls.
Earlier in the day, Chahal picked four wickets to help the Men in Blue restrict South Africa on 227/9 in 50 overs. He picked the crucial wicket of South African skipper Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Chasing a target of 228, Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada, and Virat Kohli was caught behind by Andile Phehlukwayo, thanks to a brilliant catch by Quinton de Kock early in the game. Due to good partnerships between Rohit Sharma and K. L. Rahul and the former and M. S. Dhoni, India turned the game around. Sharma reached his 23rd century in ODI in 128 balls, as he guided his team to their first win in the World Cup by 6 wickets, as they reached the target with just 15 balls to spare.
India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
South Africa playing 11: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi
ICC CWC 2019, MATCH 8: IND vs SA LIVE streaming
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