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India opener Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 122 to not only lead his side to a six-wicket win over South Africa in Southampton, but also help them start their World Cup campaign on a high.
As a result of India’s win, the Proteas have now lost three World Cup games in a row as they were also beaten by England and Bangladesh.
Choosing to bat first, South Africa lost opener Hashim Amla in the fourth over as he was caught by Rohit Sharma at second slip off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for six runs.
Amla’s opening partner, Quinton de Kock, mustered 10 runs before he was caught by India captain Virat Kohli at third slip off the bowling of Bumrah.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen stabilised the innings with a 54-run partnership before Van der Dussen was clean bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal for 22.
Chahal struck again five balls later as Du Plessis, who made 38, suffered the same fate as Van der Dussen.
JP Duminy didn’t last long at the crease as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav for three runs.
David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo added 46 runs to the score before Miller was caught and bowled by Chahal for 31.
Phehlukwayo went on to score 34 before he was stumped by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Chahal.
Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada put up a last-gasp 66-run partnership before Morris was caught by Kohli at long-off off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 42.
Four balls later, on the final ball of the innings, Imran Tahir was dismissed by Kumar for a duck.
With Rabada finishing unbeaten on 31, South Africa finished on 227/9.
Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Bumrah and Kumar snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Kuldeep, he chipped in with one.
Chasing 228 to win, India got off to a horrible start as opener Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind off the bowling of Rabada for eight runs.
Rohit and Kohli added 41 runs to the score before Kohli was brilliantly caught by De Kock behind the stumps off the bowling of Phehlukwayo for 18.
Rohit and Lokesh Rahul stabilised the innings with an 85-run partnership, during which Rohit surpassed his fifty, before Rahul was caught by Du Plessis at mid-off off the bowling of Rabada for 26.
Rohit and MS Dhoni kept the runs flowing with a 74-run stand, during which Rohit brought up his hundred, before Dhoni was caught and bowled by Morris for 34.
Rohit went on to score 122, which came off 144 balls and included 13 boundaries and two sixes, as India reached their target with 15 balls to spare.
Rabada was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rabada and Phehlukwayo claimed one wicket each.
Rohit was named Man of the Match.