India beat South Africa by six wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup opener at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, courtesy Rohit Sharma's century 122(144). Batting first, South Africa was restricted to a paltry total of 227/9 in their 50 overs. Indian bowlers, who were on their top, destroyed their top order and then spinners did the job to remove the middle order. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar bowled with descipline and the earlier got the prize in his second over. Bumrah removed Amla in his second over and then sent de Kock back to the hut in his next over. However, it was Yuzvendra Chahal who emerged as the star of the India's bowling unit. Chahal broke the bone of South Africa's middle order and finished with impressive figures of 4-51 in his 10 overs. At one point, South Africa was 158 for 7 and it looked they will be bundled out before 200. However, Chrish Morris and Kagiso Rabada's 66-run stand helped the Proteas reach a figheting total. Came to chase, Indian operners Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were troubled by the sheer pace of Rabada and probing line and length of Morris. Rabada got the reward soon in the form of Dhawan's wicket in his third over but Rohit, riding on the luck, survived Rabada's spell. He later went on the score a hundered, thanks to few drop catches by the South African fielders.
The men in blue has started their campaign with a victory. First, the bowlers did a wonderfull job to restrict South Africa for below par total and then it was Rohit Sharma who scored a slow but crucial century to power India to a comfortable victory by six wickets. Rohit scored 122 off 144 balls and remained unbeaten in India's chase.
22:45 hrs IST: FOUR! India wins the match by 6 wickets. Pandya finished things off in style with a boundary. Hardik Pandya 15(7) Rohit Sharma 122(144).
22:38 hrs IST: Score after 47 overs: IND 223-4 Hardik Pandya 9(4) Rohit 122(144)
22:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Morris finally gets his wicket. Dhoni miscues the lofted shot and is caught by Morris. India need 15 off 23 balls.
22:32 hrs IST: Score after 46 overs: IND 213-3 Dhoni 34(45) Rohit 121(143)
22:28 hrs IST: Score after 45 overs: IND 208-3 Dhoni 30(41) Rohit 120(141)
22:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Salt to the injury. Rabada banged it short again and Rohit played that upper cut to send it over the bowler's head. Score after 44 overs: IND 198-3; Rohit 112(137) Dhoni 28(39)
22:24 hrs IST: Dropped. Miller drops a sitter and Rabada can't believe it. Skipper Faf is holding his head in disbelief. It was that easy and he dropped it. Rohit has got some serious luck today. What have you done Miller?
22:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Its Rohit's turn now. He sweeps it towards leg side for four. Wasn't a bad delivery, ain't good either. Shamsi has ruined the good work of past few overs. Score after 43 overs: IND 193-3; Dhoni 28(39) Rohit 107(131)
22:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Punished. Poor bowling from Shamsi. Looks like he has given up. It was bowled short and wide and Dhoni slapped it through covers for four. The ground is too big but it has the power to touch the boundary line.
22:16 hrs IST: So the net run rate now has gone up to over 6. 49 runs needed off 48 balls. But these two can change that in no time. The Score after 42 overs: IND 179-3; Rohit 100(129) Dhoni 21(35)
22:12 hrs IST: Hundred comes up for Rohit Sharma. A bit of luck and good temprament resulted in century number 23 for Rohit. With that, he has become the third highest Indian player to score most centuries. Behind only Kohli (41) and Sachin Tendulkar (49). Score after 41 overs: IND 176-3; Dhoni 19(30) Rohit 100(128)
22:10 hrs IST: Two runs. Rohit Sharma is now on 99 runs. Just one more needed.
22:09 hrs IST: Dhoni takes a single off first ball and the ground burst in loud cheers as Rohit comes to the strike. He is just three runs away from his 23rd hundered.
22:06 hrs IST: Score after 40 overs: IND 171-3; Dhoni 17(27) Rohit 97(125)
22:02 hrs IST: Single on the last ball. Four off the 39th over. And with the single, Rohit now reaches to 97. Just 3 runs away from his 23rd hundered. Score after 39 overs: IND 168-3; Dhoni 14(21) Rohit 97(125)
21:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Dhoni turns a tight over into a decent one for India with a last ball boundary. 6 off the over. Score after 38 overs: IND 164-3; Dhoni 12(19) Rohit 95(121)
21:52 hrs IST: Chris Morris is back into the attack. He has been very economical today, bowled three maidens but didn't get a wicket. Can he get the reward of good bowling at this stage?
21:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Slapped over the bowler for four. Back of a length delivery from Andile Phehlukwayo and Rohit hit it straight. With this, Rohit reaches to 94. Score after 37 overs: IND 158-3; Rohit 94(118) Dhoni 7(16)
21:46 hrs IST: Score after 36 overs: IND 154-3; Dhoni 7(16) Rohit 90(112)
21:44 hrs IST: Five singles and a dot ball from Tahir's 9th over. Score after 35 overs: IND 150-3; Rohit 88(110) Dhoni 5(12)
21:40 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Shamsi bowled a very tight over, giving just two runs. Score after 34 overs: IND 145-3 Rohit 86(107) Dhoni 2(9)
21:35 hrs IST: First read the scorecard and then I will tell yuou an interesting incident of the over. Score after 33 overs: IND 143-3; Rohit 86(106) Dhoni 1(4). Dhoni hit the ball and it was misfielded at the short mid-off. Rohit wanted a single but Dhoni was hesitating. Rohit straded at the middle of the crease and the two then have a conversation in the middle and finally takes the run. Funny scene.
21:31 hrs IST: Dhoniii....Dhoni. I can hear the sound from Rose Bowl to New Delhi. Obviously through the big screen. Lolz. Dhoni comes in to replace Rahul. Score after 32 overs: IND 139-3; Dhoni 0(3) Rohit 83(101)
21:26 hrs IST: Out! Rabada removes Rahul in a funny way. The ball stopped or don't know what and Rahul tried to loft it over mid off but ended up playing straight in the hands of fielder at mid off. It was an extended spell for Rabada and he provides South Africa with a much needed breakthrough. Drinks called in.
21:24 hrs IST: India is on the driver's seat now. 10 runs off the over. Score after 31 overs: IND 139-2; Rohit 83(101) Rahul 26(39)
21:21 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit 'hitman' Sharma is clearly dealing in boundaries here. Tahir bowled it wide outside off and Rohit leans forward to send it behind the point fence.
21:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma is dealing in boundaries here. He no more cares if Rabada is the bowler. That's Rohit for your Rabada. It was short on the body and Rohit Sharma swivel-pulled it in front of squre for boundary.
21:16 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off. Rohit Sharma liced it through backword point and the ball races for four. Score after 29 overs: IND 123-2; Rohit 69(92) Rahul 24(36)
21:15 hrs IST: Imran Tahir is back into the attack. Cna he provide South Africa with a breakthrough? He surely can, but the million dollar question is - will he?
21:10 hrs IST: Rabada is back into the attack. South Africa is looking for wickets here. They brought their best bowler to break the partnership between Rohit and Rahul. Score after 28 overs: IND 115-2; Rahul 21(33) Rohit 64(89)
21:09 Hrs IST: FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Wife on fifth stump and Rohit guids it towards point. The ball races away for four. Score after 27 overs: IND 113-2; Rohit 63(87) Rahul 20(29)
21:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor bowling from Shamsi. It was well down the leg and Rohit swept it behind the square for boundary.
21:04 hrs IST: FOUR! On the leg and Rahul swivels on one leg to send it towards fine leg for boundary where Shamsi made a failed attempt to atop that one. 100 comes up for India. Score after 26 overs: IND- 102/2; KL Rahul 18(27) R Sharma 54(83)
20:59 hrs IST: Half of the innings is over and India has not yet reached 100, courtesy a very tight bowling from South Africa. Score after 25 overs: IND 95-2; Rohit 53(82) Rahul 13(22)
20:55 hrs IST: Another maiden for Morris but not for his team as Rohit takes a legbye on the last ball. Score after 24 overs: IND 92-2: Rohit 50(76) Rahul 13(22)
20:54 hrs IST: Oooops! Outside edge just dropped in front of Amla at first slip. Rohit is riding on luck today.
20:50 hrs IST: Fifty for Rohit Sharma. His number 42nd. he started slow, struggled in the beginning but now is dominating the game. South Africa and especially their skipper would regert giving him a life. Score after 23 overs: IND 91-2; Rahul 13(22) Rohit 50(70)
20:48 hrs IST: SIX! Enough is enough. Rohit Sharma is going to take charge now. It was a short one, Rohit dances down the pitch and hit ot over cow corner for a maximum.
20:45 hrs IST: Score after 22 overs: IND 82-2; Rahul 11(21) Rohit 43(65)
20:42 hrs IST: Score after 21 overs: IND 82-2; Rohit 43(65) Rahul 11(15). Chris Morris replaces Phehlukwayo.
20:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Phehlukwayo bowled it short and gave width outside off. Rohit cut it square off the wicket for a boundary. Score after 20 overs: IND 78-2; Rohit 42(61) Rahul 9(13)
20:34 hrs IST: FOUR! What a shot it was. Phehlukwayo bowled it full on off and Rahul just timed his drive past mid on. Shot of the innings so far.
20:33 hrs IST: Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the attack. He bowls a a good first over giving just three runs off it. Score after 19 overs: IND 68-2; Rohit 37(59) Rahul 4(9)
20:29 hrs IST: Rohit and Rahul need to build a partnership here or the game can take a turn in South Africa's favour in no time. It will be a big test for KL Rahul as well. Score after 18 overs: IND 65-2; Rohit 35(56) Rahul 3(6)
20:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor bowling from Tahir. It was a gift to ease the pressure of Kohli's wicket. Short, blow and on the leg-stump, Rohit waits and pulls towards square of the wicket for four. Score after 17 overs: IND 62-2; Rahul 2(5) Rohit 33(51). DRINKS time.
20:18 hrs IST: Phehlukwayo has done what is known for- taking big wickets. With Kohli's wicket, he has kept his team in the game. Score after 16 overs: IND 54-2; Rahul 0(3) Rohit 27(47)
20:16 hrs IST: No he is not! de Kock takes a stunning catch to remove Virat Kohli. Back of a length delivery, Kohli looked to steer it through third man but failed to control the cut, took the outside edge and went towards keeper where de Kock took a jumping catch. South Africa is not completely out of this game. KL Rahul comes to bat.
20:15 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary for Kohli. It was a gift though. Bowled short and Kohli pulled it on the front foot through mid-wicket. He is getting started.
20:12 hrs IST: Both Kohli and Rohit are taking their time to settle. They don't have a big total and they can start slow to build their innings and then accelerate. Score after 15 overs: IND 50-1; Rohit 27(47) Kohli 14(31)
20:09 hrs IST: Phehlukwayo continue bowling probing lines and lengths. Just three runs off the over. Score after 14 overs: IND 47-1; Rohit 26(44) Kohli 12(28)
20:06 hrs IST: Five singles off Tahir. Kohli and Rohit needs to rotate strike or the pressure of chasewill force them make mistakes. Score after 13 overs: IND 44-1; Kohli 10(26) Rohit 25(40)
20:03 hrs IST: Good first over from Phehlukwayo. Just three runs off it and near LBW. Score after 12 overs: IND 39-1; Kohli 7(22) Rohit 23(38)
20:00 hrs IST: A loud appeal for the LBW, umpire turns it down and South Africa reviews. It looks missing the leg stump, high as well. Pad first, so no bat in it. It was hitting the top of leg stump and it will remain umprire's call. Rohit survives, South Arica retains their review.
19:58 hrs IST: Andile Phehlukwayo comes into the attack. He is known for breaking partnerships. Can he do that today for his team when they need it the most?
19:57 hrs IST: Tahir bowls another tight over. Just two singles and four dot balls. Score after 11 overs: IND 36-1; Kohli 5(19) Rohit 22(35)
19:54 hrs IST: Score after 10 overs: IND 34-1; Rohit 21(31) Kohli 4(17); Imran Tahir is back into the attack.
19:51 hrs IST: Oooops! An inside edge just misses the stumps. Short of length delivery outside off stump, Kohli goes for a back-foot drive, the takes an inside edge and went to short third man.
19:49 hrs IST: 11 back to back dot balls from Morris to Kohli and then a couple. This has been the extent of Morris' bowling today. He batted well to take South Africa to a fighting total and then proving his worth in bowling too. Score after 9 overs: IND 31-1; Kohli 3(16) Rohit 19(26)
19:45 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit has now gone into hitman mode. Short and outside off stump, and Rohit played a cracking shot toward cover point for four. It went like a rocket. Score after 8 overs: IND 29-1; Rohit 19(26) Kohli 1(10)
19:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Outside edge wide of second slip and the ball races toward fine leg fence for a boundry.
19:42 hrs IST: SIX! That's Rohit's strength. It was banged short down the leg and Rohit quickly transfers his weight and put it over the fine led fence.
19:41 hrs IST: Maiden over from Chris Morris and that too against Virat Kohli. The South African pacers are bowling their hearts out. Score after 7 overs: IND 14-1; Kohli 1(10) Rohit 5(20)
19:39 hrs IST: Time to feed you some interesting states: Rabada vs Kohli in ODIs so far: 159 balls; 107 runs; Two dismissals; SR 67.30
19:36 hrs IST: Just 1 run off the over and a wicket. After scoring some crucial runs for South Africa down the order, Rabada is on fire in bowling. Score after 6 overs: IND 14-1; Rohit 5(20); Kohli 1(4)
19:33 hrs IST: Dhawan out! It was surely on the cards given the way Rabada was bowling and troubling both the openers. Back of length delivery pitched on the wickets but moved away to kiss the outside edge. That's the kind of start South Africa would have wanted. It could have been even better had du Plesis taken Rohit's catch.
19:29 hrs IST: Tight over from Morris. Just two off it. Score after 5 overs: IND 13-0; Rohit 5(19) Dhawan 8(11)
19:24 hrs IST: Rabada is troubling Rohit. He was dropped earlier, but the million dollar question is that can out of form Rohit capitalise on the chance? Score after 4 overs: IND 11-0; Dhawan 8(11) Rohit 3(13)
19:23 hrs IST: Dhawan pulls Chris Morris to the deep square leg fence. Score after the third over: India are 10/0; Dhawan 8 (10), Rohit 2 (8).
19:18 hrs IST: DROPPED! Faf du Plessis drops Rohit off Rabada. Big moment in the game. Score after the second over: India 4/0; Dhawan 3 (7), Rohit 1 (5).
19:14 hrs IST: Imran Tahir opens the bowling like he did against England. Dhawan and Rohit negotiate him well. Score after the first over: India 3/0; Dhawan 2(5), Rohit 1(1).
18:39 hrs IST: Wicket! Imran Tahir, who replaced Morris, was caught by Kedhar Jadhav. After top order failure, it was Morris and Rabada who came to South Africa's rescue and took them to a below par but fighting total. South Africa finish at 227/9.
18:36 hrs IST: Wicket! Finally Bhuvi get rid of Morris. But he has done a wonderful job for South Africa with his quick 42 off 34 balls.
18:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Rabada is batting like a pro. It was a loss full toss, he made a little room for himself and hit it past mid-off for a boundary. Score after 49 overs: RSA 224-7; Rabada 28(33) Chris Morris 42(32)
18:30 hrs IST: The South African tail is batting better than their top order. Morris and Rabada have added 60 runs off 51 bowls. Score after 48 overs: RSA 218-7; Chris Morris 41(30) Rabada 23(29)
18:25 hrs IST: Score after 47 overs: RSA 209-7; Rabada 17(25) Chris Morris 38(28)
18:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Morris is certainly giving life the South African team through his hitting. It was a low full toss on the stumps, he makes room for himself and hit it through extra covers.
18:19 hrs IST: Chris Morriss has helped South Africa reach 200. The alrounder hit few big shots to give his team something to defend. Score after 46 overs: RSA 200-7; Chris Morris 33(26) Rabada 13(21)
18:15 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back into the attack. India clearly looking to get rid of the South African tail as soon as possible.
18:14 hrs IST: Just a leg bye and single from the over. Score after 45 overs: RSA 192-7; Rabada 12(19) Chris Morris 29(220
18:11 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack in his third spell. This partnership is surely giving South Africa something to fight for. India is again struggling to remove the tail.
18:09 hrs IST: Score after 44 overs: RSA 190-7; Rabada 12(14) Chris Morris 28(21)
18:07 hrs IST: SIX! It was short ball and Morris pulled it over midwicket fence for maximum.
18:06 hrs IST: Score after 43 overs: RSA 182-7; Rabada 11(13) Chris Morris 21(16)
18:04 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya is back into the attack. Morris is the last man who can bat a bit, Rabada can also hit some biggies but not a good batsman. If Hardik gets Moriss, South Africa will surely struggle to reach 200.
18:00 hrs IST: After first ball six, Chahal makes a fine come back and finish the voer with just nine runs. Score after 42 overs: RSA 173-7; Rabada 4(10) Chris Morris 19(13)
17:59 hrs IST: SIX! It was poor bowl from Chahal, probably his second of the inning stoday after the first bowl. It was short and going down the leg, Morris rocks back and send it over the ropes through backward square leg.
17:58 hrs IST: Score after 41 overs: RSA 164-7; Rabada 3(7) Chris Morris 11(10)
17:55 hrs IST: Kagiso Rabada is the new man in and it would be interesting to see if Kohli gives him something for his statment before the match. He had said that Kohli;s behaviour during the IPL was very immature, to which the Indian skipper had responded that he would give a him men to men reply. Score after 40 overs: RSA 161-7; Chris Morris 11(10) Rabada 1(1)
17:53 hrs IST: OUT! Chahal takes his fourth wicket. Phehlukwayo wanted to take on him and came down the track. The ball spun right in front of him and Dhoni never misses those stumping. South Africa seven down.
17:50 hrs IST: After a long time, a good over for South Africa. 11 runs came of off the over. Score after 39 overs: RSA 157-6; Chris Morris 8(7) Phehlukwayo 34(59)
17:48 hrs IST: SIX! Phehlukwayo hits first six of the innings. Kuldeep bowled this flighted delivery on middle and leg and Phehlukwayo gets under it and hit it over wide long on. South Africa need more of them.
17:46 hrs IST: Chahal to continue in his seventh over. He ha already taken three wickets, can he make it five today? Score after 38 overs: RSA 146-6; Phehlukwayo 26(56) Chris Morris 5(4)
17:44 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav was borught back on the attack. And he bowled a very tight over giving just two runs off it. Score after 37 overs: RSA 140-6; Phehlukwayo 23(52) Chris Morris 4(2)
17:39 hrs IST: South Africa can't blame injured pacers for the performance of their batters. It was poor batting effort from one of the favourites. They have already lost two matches and unless they produces some miraculous bowling efforts, it would be their third in the trot. Score after 36 overs: RSA 138-6; Phehlukwayo 22(47) Chris Morris 3(1)
17:37 hrs IST: Wicket! Chahal is back into the attack and he scalps Miller. For the second time, just when South Africa was looking to repair their innings, Chahal does the trick. Once again, Miller got the start but could not capitalise on it. Morris comes to bat.
17:36 hrs IST: Bhuvi bowls a very tight over. Just two singls and four dot balls off the 35th over. Score after 35 overs: RSA 134-5; Miller 31(39) Phehlukwayo 21(43)
17:31 hrs IST: Phehlukwayo scores a much-needed boundary off Kedar Jadhav. Score after 34 overs: RSA 132-5; Phehlukwayo 20 (39) Miller 30 (37).
17:27 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar concedes just three runs and the pressure builds. Score after 33 overs: RSA 127-5; Phehlukwayo 16 (35) Miller 29 (35).
17:21 hrs IST: Only one run in the over. Score after 32 overs: RSA 124-5; Phehlukwayo 15 (32) Miller 27 (32).
17:18 hrs IST: A hostile over from Bumrah. Bouncers and yorkers bowled at will. Score after 31 overs: RSA 123-5; Phehlukwayo 15(29) Miller 26(29)
17:12 hrs IST: Millers and Phehlukwayo are doing the rebuilding work for South Africa. This is the last decent batting pair and South Africa would want them to bat as long as they can. Score after 30 overs: RSA 123-5; Phehlukwayo 15(23) Miller 26(29)
17:09 hrs IST: FOUR! It was on the leg and Miller flicked it to the left of mid-on and it races away for a boundry. Score after 29 overs: RSA 118-5; Miller 23(26) Phehlukwayo 13(20)
17:06 hrs IST: Leading edge and in the airrr, but lands safely. Miller looks to flick it but closes the bat face early, gets a thick edge but clears the point.
17:05 hrs IST: Bumrah is back on attack. Kohli clearly eying more wickets as he brings his best bowler for another spell. Attacking captaincy from Kohli.
17:04 hrs IST: Five runs of the over. Score after 28 overs: South Africa-112/5 A Phehlukwayo 12 (17) D Miller 18 (23)
17:01 hrs IST: Here comes India's man with golden arms - Kedhar Jadhav. He is known for breaking the partnerships can he do that today?
16:58 hrs IST: Four dots and two singles off the first five balls. Score after 27 overs: RSA 107-5; Phehlukwayo 9(14) Miller 16(20)
16:57 hrs IST: Another tight over from Chahal. Just two runs off it. Score after 26 overs: RSA 105-5; Miller 15(19) Phehlukwayo 8(9)
16:53 hrs IST: Five runs off the over. South Africa are doing what they best can do at this stage. Rotate the strike and build a partnership. Score after 25 overs: RSA 103-5;Miller 14(16) Phehlukwayo 7(6)
16:52 hrs IST: It was flighted delivery from Kuldeep and Phehlukwayo drives it to the long off for a single. 100 comes up for South Africa.
16:48 hrs IST: FOUR! Risky but Phehlukwayo won't mind the pressure. He brings out the reverse sweep and connects very well to hit it through the point. Score after 24 overs: RSA 98-5; Miller 11(13) Phehlukwayo 5(3)
16:45 hrs IST: Andile Phehlukwayo, left handed bat, comes to the crease. Chahal to continue.
16:43 hrs IST: Third Umpire. Duminy given out. But he reviews. And he is out. It was hitting the leg and they even lose their review. South Africa after after 23 overs: RSA 89-5; Duminy 3(11) Miller 7(10)
16:40 hrs IST: Both Miller and Duminy don't have a very good record against Chahal and they play him cautiously. Score after 22 overs: RSA 88-4; Miller 6(9) Duminy 3(6)
16:38 hrs IST: "Chahal looking good. Making it easier for his mate, Kuldeep, to rediscover form," tweets Harsha Bhogle.
16:36 hrs IST: Five runs off the over. Score after 21 overs: RSA 85-4; Miller 4(6)Duminy 2(3)
16:32 hrs IST: Jean-Paul Duminy comes to the crease. Kuldeep replaces Pandya.
16:30 hrs IST: Bowled! Chahal is on the roll here. A big blow for South Africa as skipper Faf du Plesis is out. It was quicker, flatter and went trought Faf's defence to hit the stumps. Just when South Africa was looking to bounce back, Chahal proved too good for them. Score after 20 overs: RSA 80-4; du Plessis 38(54) Miller 1(3)
16:28 hrs IST: Wicket! Chahal breaks the parternship. Full length on middle stump, van der Dussen tries to reverse sweep but couldn't connet it and the ball turned back in to dislodge the stumps. South Africa three down. Miller is the new man in.
16:27 hrs IST: Just three off the Hardik's Pandya over. Score after 19 overs: RSA 78-2; van der Dussen 22(36) du Plessis 38(52)
16:24 hrs IST: Except the first ball, Chahal bowled the remaining over very tight. Four runs of Chahal's first over. Score after 18 overs: RSA 75-2; van der Dussen 20(32) du Plessis 37(50)
16:22 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack. And a loopy start from Chahal. Three runs of the first bowl.
16:18 hrs IST: South Africa is slowly getting back on track after the early blows by Bumrah. du Plesis and van der Dussen are playing cautiously and utting the bad balls for boundary. This partnership is key for South Africa if the want to put up a decent total. Score After 17 overs: RSA 71-2; van der Dussen 19(27) du Plessis 34(49)
16:12 hrs IST: Another good over for South Africa. 9 runs came off Kuldeep's third over. Score after 16 overs: RSA 65-2; van der Dussen 15(23) du Plessis 33(47). Drinks called in.
16:09 hrs IST: A good over for South Africa. 8 runs, including a boundary off it. Score after 15 overs: RSA 56-2; van der Dussen 13(21) du Plessis 26(43)
16:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Top edge and the ball races towards third man fence for four. It was banged short outside off and Faf wanted to slap it but could only manage an outside edge.
16:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length outside off stump and van der Dussen eased the pressure a bit. Five off the over. Score after 14 overs: RSA 48-2; van der Dussen 12(19) du Plessis 19(39)
16:04 hrs IST: Ooops. Didn't carry. Faf had no clue about that. Gets a thick outside edge falling just short of slip.
16:02 hrs IST: Some nice bowling from Pandya. Just three of the over. Score after 13 overs: RSA 43-2,van der Dussen 8(18), du Plessis 15(34)
15:59 hrs IST: du Plesis seems to have injured himself. This was brutal from Pandya. The ball took extra bounce and hit him at his wrist as his loses his bat. Takes a single tough.
15:57 hrs IST: Just three of Kuldeep's first over. Score after 12 overs: RSA 40-2; van der Dussen 8(16) du Plessis 15(30)
15:53 hrs IST: Kohli introduces spin and its Kuldeep Yadav, who has been given the ball. Remember, South Africa have been clueless against Yadav since the 2018 series.
15:51 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes to attack. And bowls a tight first over against under pressure South Africans. Just three of the over: Score after 11 overs: RSA 37-2; van der Dussen 7(12) du Plessis 13(28)
15:49 hrs IST: It has been spectacular first 10 overs for India. While Bhuvi kept the Proteas batsman under pressure, Bumrah strikes twice in his first spell as the South Africans struggle against his pace and bounce. Score after 10 overs: RSA 34-2; van der Dussen 6(9), du Plessis 11(25)
15:46 hrs IST: Two runs. Short length just outside off stump. van der Dussen guides it through deep backword point for two.
15:42 hrs IST: Five dot balls. A wonderfull bowling effort from Bhuvi. He is playing his role from the other end. The last ball of the over was almost unplayable @143 kmph. Just one run off the over. South Africa after 9 overs: 32-2; du Plessis 11(25); van der Dussen 4(3)
15:39 hrs IST: Very tight from Bumrah. Five dot balls in the row after a single on the first ball. Bumrah is testing the South African skipper's batting skils here. Just 1 run off the over. Score after 8 overs: RSA 31-2; du Plessis 11(20) van der Dussen 3(2)
15:33 hrs IST: Four! After five dot balls, du Plesis finds a boundary. Score after 7 overs: RSA 30-2; du Plessis 11(15) van der Dussen 2(1)
15:31 hrs IST: South Africa is in deep drouble as both their openers are back to pavilion. Score after 6 overs: 26/2; van der Dussen 2(1) du Plessis 7(9)
15:26 hrs IST: Wicket! Bumrah is on fire. What a start for India and young pacer. Gives him a bit more width, de Kock throws his hands at it and it's catching practice in the cordon for Kohli. Both openers have been sent back to hut by Bumrah.
15:24 hrs IST: Decent over for South Africa. A boundary and three singles off Buvi's third over. Score after 5 overs: RSA 22-1; du Plessis 6(8), de Kock 9(13)
15:21 hrs IST: FOUR! de Kock tries to flick it but gets a leading edge wide that races towards third man for a boundary.
15:19 hrs IST: A successful over from Bumrah. Just five off the over and a big wicket of Amla. Score after 4 overs: RSA 15-1; du Plessis 4(4) de Kock 4(11)
15:18 hrs IST: FOUR! Faf almost played it on the stumps. It was bowled full @144km/h and du Plesis was late in the drive, took the edge and just misses the elg stump.
15:17 hrs IST: Amla OUT! Boom Boom Bumrah is on the roll as he provides India with first breaktrough. Takes the edge and carries nicely to Rohit at second slip. South African skipper Faf du Plessis comes to the crease.
15:13 hrs IST: Good come back from Bhuvi after that first ball boundary. Just six runs off the over. Score after 3 overs: RSA 10-0, Amla 6(8) de Kock 4(10)
15:11 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary of the innings. It was a good length delivery outside off by Bhuvi, Amla leans forward and opens the full face of the bat for a boundery behind point.
15:10 hrs IST: Another tidy over. Just two of Bumrah's first over and some nice bowling. Score after 2 overs: RSA 4-0, de Kock 3(9) Amla 1(3)
15:07 hrs IST: Ooops, Beaten by the pace and bounce. The new ball is getting some nice shape. Just misses the outside edge with extra panach.
15:06 hrs IST: Bumhrah comes from the other side. And the ground brusts into Bumraaah... Bumrah.
15:04 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar bowls a pretty good first over. Just two runs off that and he found a little bit of swing as well. Score after 1 overs: RSA 2-0, Amla 1(3) deKock 1(3)
15:01 hrs IST: Here we go. Live actions begins. Amla and de Kock are out to open. Amla is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack for India.
14:59 hrs IST: Since the 2015 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Virat Kohli has scored 4306 runs at the average of 78.29 with a strike rate of 98.33.
14:56 hrs IST: The teams walk out in the middle for the national anthems. First, India's 'Jana Gana Mann' is being played. And Now South Africa's.
14:52 hrs IST: With minutes to go for live action to start, choose yor side peeps and shout it loudly... Lets us know your predictions by tweeting us @NewsNationTV.
14:50 hrs IST: In the last five ICC Cricket tournaments, India have won five matches from all formats starting from the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.
14:43 hrs IST: South Africa have chosen to bat. There was some confusion at the toss. No Mohammed Shami while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in the side. This is a big call in the team composition. Here are the team playing XIs.
India (Playing XI): 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 XI): 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
14:34 hrs IST: Who will replace Lungi Ngidi in the South Africa side? Mostly, it could be Dwaine Pretorius. Beuran Hendrics might not play until the next game.
14:29 hrs IST: According to the latest report, Bhuvneshwar Kumar might play this game. So one gets a feeling either Mohammed Shami or one of the spinners might be left out. The weather at the moment is cloudy and there is a 55% chance of rain. However, it is a typical England weather. Cloudy, chance of rain and sunny.
14:26 hrs IST: The ground in Southampton is the largest in England with the square boundaries close to 80 meters. For the first time, heading into a India vs South Africa World Cup clash, India are the favorites.
14:20 hrs IST: South Africa, on the other hand, will be missing the services of both Lungi Ngidi and Dale Steyn. Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament and that is a body blow for this veteran pacer.
14:14 hrs IST: India have a problem of plenty with both the batting and the bowling. The squad composition will be very interesting. Will Virat Kohli play two bowling all-rounders?
14:03 hrs IST: After seven long days, the most anticipated match is here. All the other teams have played one or two games. However, the ICC Cricket World Cup has kept the best for the last. Virat Kohli' Indian cricket team are one of the favorites and they will take on a demoralised South Africa, who are missing the services of Dale Steyn who has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury.