India v South Africa, Champions Trophy, Group B, Cardiff June 6, 2013

Faffing du Plessis costs Miller

Plays of the day from the opening match of the Champions Trophy between India and South Africa
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Blow of the day
It took South Africa until the 22nd over before they took a wicket but Virat Kohli got a rude awakening from the first ball he faced. Ryan McLaren banged in a bouncer that did not get as high as expected and followed Kohli as he tried to sway outside the line. He dropped his wrists skilfully enough but he was struck full on the helmet grille

Fluff of the day
AB de Villiers batted with panache but his fluffed stumping of Shikhar Dhawan was the low point of a mediocre South Africa fielding display. The bowler, JP Duminy, outdid Dhawan as he tried to defend, well out of his crease. De Villiers had a clear sight of the ball and took off the bails with a flourish but the ball was fumbled and Dhawan escaped. De Villiers' consolation was that Dhawan, 102 not out at the time, only added another 12.

Limping South African of the day
The last thing South Africa needed as India threatened to get close to 350 was the sight of Morne Morkel limping from the field. Morkel failed to finish his seventh over because of thigh trouble, leaving South Africa with the awful prospect that they could enter the next game without Morkel, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis, three stalwarts in their fast-bowling ranks

Mix-up of the day
South Africa required 145 runs from the final 18 overs. Faf du Plessis, still new at the crease, had only faced five balls and JP Duminy and de Villiers had fallen in each of the previous two overs. There was no room for a mix-up but du Plessis flicked Suresh Raina towards the leg side and rushed out of the blocks, intending to take advantage of the gap at square leg. While turning for a second he slipped; David Miller did not notice and dashed back to finished the run. Ishant Sharma, who had earlier missed running out de Villiers, threw back to Raina, who relayed the ball safely back for MS Dhoni to knock off the bails. After the third umpire was consulted about which batsman, both at the same end, was out, Miller went on his way.

Gesture of the day
Morkel came out to bat, despite the injury that had prevented him completing his spell, with 75 needed off 44 balls and South Africa nine wickets down. It was a gesture of defiance which might have been better undelivered until one considered the importance of net run rate. Morkel could barely run, risked worsening his injury, and logic suggested India had the match won, but he had little choice but to take guard and South Africa gained 48 runs as a consequence.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Unmesh_cric on June 6, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Faf Du Plessis has been involved in a couple of run-outs at crucial junctures in the matches. Anybody remembers 2011 World Cup SA-NZ match? Faf ran out De Villiers and it cost SA the match and a place in semi-finals. I remember it was one of the rare occasions when Daniel Vettori sledged..something on the lines of "you just ran out your best batsman". Today's run-out incident was unfortunate though.

  • Amol_Gh on June 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Now with Morkel, Steyn, Kallis out, the only quality bowler left in SA squad is McLaren and he is not experienced enough and obviously only a single quality bowler is NOT enough to win any of the matches for a team ...unless a team really desires to chase 300-plus scores in every match. SA has great batsmen, no doubt but what about their bowlers who keep loading their batsmen with the pressure of a huge run-chase ?? I would like to see Morris play.

  • Amol_Gh on June 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    I really don't know why Tsotsobe has been given such a long rope. He is not a good quality bowler at all. SA should permanently replace him.

  • on June 8, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Amazing to see David Miller's reaction after being run-out without facing a ball. Instead of sulking / berating his partner, he's encouraging his partner so that at least his partner can go on and win the match for the team. He sure has a mature head on his shoulders and this attitude will help him achieve lots in his career. Great to see how he dealt with adversity. #Respect #DavidMiller

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 7, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    The game was virtually over when SA were down 7 wickets with nearly 100 runs required. It was there for all to see. The last 3 overs looked like a mere formality. Our bowlers did not contain the tailenders and this NRR may play a crucial role later.

  • RudyinCricinfo on June 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: If Injured tailender itself score 48 runs why dont the very much fitted batsman unable to reach this target... If India is only a better finishers with the bat then how could they win more matches against SA when they batted first (13 of India's 25 win against SA comes when India batted first)… does this means SA's are not good finishers in Batting?

  • SurlyCynic on June 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Faf needs to take a long hard look at himself after what he did to Miller. It was embarrassing how he clearly tried to save himself, and given recent form I would have had more hope of SA winning if Miller had stayed.

    Well played India. As for Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt, the less said the better. How Kleinveldt plays for SA when there are 20 better bowlers than him in SA I'll never know.

  • Greatest_Game on June 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @ India_MI_fan … Fast_Track_Bully … RudyinCricinfo Your team won. Why are you complaining? Would they have won by any more if you liked what every other ticket fan or writer had to say? The reality is that the rest of the world are not going to agree with you, & you will not agree with them. And truthfully, India are much better finishers with the bat than with the ball, and that showed today. India's fielding was excellent, but they came close to failing to defend their score because the bowlers could not finish SA off. An injured tail ender cost India 48 runs.That is just a plain fact.

  • DileepRedish on June 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    The overcast conditions did not help SA as their bowling was wayward..steyn would have picked the wickets and morkel might have taken the confidence from steyn

  • SebV on June 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Peter Wright - You have way too much expectations of your team. Aren't they allowed to have one bad day? "South Africa contrived to lose" - This is the fodder for media to use the #ch0kers. How about focus on the positives - Peterson batting and McLaren's all-round display. In fact if you went by just this game then McLaren could be the new Kallis of the one-day game. Have some faith and don't fret about losing. You've got an intimidating batting line-up, just need the bowling to click. Good luck.

  • Unmesh_cric on June 6, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Faf Du Plessis has been involved in a couple of run-outs at crucial junctures in the matches. Anybody remembers 2011 World Cup SA-NZ match? Faf ran out De Villiers and it cost SA the match and a place in semi-finals. I remember it was one of the rare occasions when Daniel Vettori sledged..something on the lines of "you just ran out your best batsman". Today's run-out incident was unfortunate though.

  • Amol_Gh on June 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Now with Morkel, Steyn, Kallis out, the only quality bowler left in SA squad is McLaren and he is not experienced enough and obviously only a single quality bowler is NOT enough to win any of the matches for a team ...unless a team really desires to chase 300-plus scores in every match. SA has great batsmen, no doubt but what about their bowlers who keep loading their batsmen with the pressure of a huge run-chase ?? I would like to see Morris play.

  • Amol_Gh on June 8, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    I really don't know why Tsotsobe has been given such a long rope. He is not a good quality bowler at all. SA should permanently replace him.

  • on June 8, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Amazing to see David Miller's reaction after being run-out without facing a ball. Instead of sulking / berating his partner, he's encouraging his partner so that at least his partner can go on and win the match for the team. He sure has a mature head on his shoulders and this attitude will help him achieve lots in his career. Great to see how he dealt with adversity. #Respect #DavidMiller

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 7, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    The game was virtually over when SA were down 7 wickets with nearly 100 runs required. It was there for all to see. The last 3 overs looked like a mere formality. Our bowlers did not contain the tailenders and this NRR may play a crucial role later.

  • RudyinCricinfo on June 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: If Injured tailender itself score 48 runs why dont the very much fitted batsman unable to reach this target... If India is only a better finishers with the bat then how could they win more matches against SA when they batted first (13 of India's 25 win against SA comes when India batted first)… does this means SA's are not good finishers in Batting?

  • SurlyCynic on June 7, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Faf needs to take a long hard look at himself after what he did to Miller. It was embarrassing how he clearly tried to save himself, and given recent form I would have had more hope of SA winning if Miller had stayed.

    Well played India. As for Tsotsobe and Kleinveldt, the less said the better. How Kleinveldt plays for SA when there are 20 better bowlers than him in SA I'll never know.

  • Greatest_Game on June 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @ India_MI_fan … Fast_Track_Bully … RudyinCricinfo Your team won. Why are you complaining? Would they have won by any more if you liked what every other ticket fan or writer had to say? The reality is that the rest of the world are not going to agree with you, & you will not agree with them. And truthfully, India are much better finishers with the bat than with the ball, and that showed today. India's fielding was excellent, but they came close to failing to defend their score because the bowlers could not finish SA off. An injured tail ender cost India 48 runs.That is just a plain fact.

  • DileepRedish on June 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    The overcast conditions did not help SA as their bowling was wayward..steyn would have picked the wickets and morkel might have taken the confidence from steyn

  • SebV on June 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Peter Wright - You have way too much expectations of your team. Aren't they allowed to have one bad day? "South Africa contrived to lose" - This is the fodder for media to use the #ch0kers. How about focus on the positives - Peterson batting and McLaren's all-round display. In fact if you went by just this game then McLaren could be the new Kallis of the one-day game. Have some faith and don't fret about losing. You've got an intimidating batting line-up, just need the bowling to click. Good luck.

  • RudyinCricinfo on June 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Whenever India wins the match apart from against of Subcontinent team, no one will accept or appreciate the Indians effort to make them win.. Everyone complaining India is not good in foreign soil... like tht no other country are good in Indian soil as it is the foreign soil for the visitors, but none of the vistors hasnt been crtisied for unable to adapt themself for spinning conditions.. only seem bowling is not the cricket.. it is a part of cricket...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 7, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @ AltafPatel . So what? you should give credit to Jadeja for his excellent fielding. In that case, tell me whether SA will be able to restrict India under 350 IF S.Dhavan not going to play that silly shot. lol. It is not about IFs and BUTs...

  • chandran1979 on June 7, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    When a batsman runs someone out or run-out by a fielder, I wouldn't call it ucky. It is incompetence or good fielding. When a fielder drops a catch, misses a run out or misses a stumping that is lucky neither, it is incompetence of that fielder. What we must call lucky is when umpire gives a wrong decision. So, Today's game is purely a poor display by SAfers. It is not a lucky poor display. Cricinfo please publish

  • gibbs.175 on June 7, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Gary ...your team has lost the fielding standard ...whatever they 1992 to 1999 ......I seem you guys will come back without even a single win.....sorry..... You were my favorite player under HANSIE ....good luck.

  • AltafPatel on June 7, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @ India_MI_fan then tell whether India was able to come back if Peterson would have not been run-out !! even McLarren made them tired.

  • AltafPatel on June 7, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    SA have, perticularly deVilliers, ridiculous strategy to get one more run without worrying about it risk. McLarren showed that the match could have been easily won if batting would have been done with patience.

  • AltafPatel on June 7, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    opponents should thanks deVilliers. they dont have to do much to turn-around game from SA when deVilliers is there. he get runout either himself or make others so ! see his matches in past...

  • on June 7, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @Peter Wright "India played reasonably well" lol, thanks for that condescending concession. Anyside, batting first in that condition and scoring 330 must be doing something very well - w/ or w/o opposition aid!

  • on June 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Well done India. Comprehensively beat us. Will be supporting you guys as my second team for the tournament. Love the Indian players and Indian fans.

  • on June 7, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    there is a question mark on the fitness of the S African team. two quicks down, possibly due to too much IPL, and then a lack of preparation for the trophy. then a clearly overweight Kleinvert bowling half trackers. I wonder if Tahir would have made a difference

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 7, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Whenever India wins, here comes luck and opposition played badly! India played wonderfully and far better than SA in batting and fielding. Did good job in spin bowling too. Only problem was fast bowling. C'mon do some constructive criticism.

  • N.J.H. on June 7, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Some of the SA fans are saying that India did not win the game, it was SA who lost the game. This is the problem with SA. Instead of giving credit to the other teams, they always try to find ways how they lost. The word choker has become their defence.

  • 777aditya on June 6, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Irfan should replace Ishant immediately

  • king_mullah on June 6, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    India bowling still a worry, Saffers still scored 305.

  • on June 6, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Philander is home, but at least Proteas have rory and lonwaba, this SA team is oneof the worst ever. SA looked like limp amateurs and our fielding is pathetic, perhaps gary shud consider letting the guys practice cricket and not cycling in Amsterdam

  • NP_NY on June 6, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    @xylo. I am pretty sure NRR was a big reason for Morkel to come in. It worked too. SA could have lost badly if not for that last wicket partnership.

  • on June 6, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    India played reasonably well, but it wasn't them that won. South Africa contrived to lose a game they should have won. Here we go again.

  • nervousnineties on June 6, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Never quite understood why Vernon Philander is not in the ODI team- a very economical wicket-taker , why would you not pick him?

  • on June 6, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    India did not bowl well in the end that costed them some vital winning runs margin, which could play cricial when three teams tie on 4 points(2 wins) each at the end of the league phase. Dhoni should have used Bhu.Kumar early and should have took the last 2 wickets quickly to have a bigger margin of win and better run rate. Dont expect a easy win against the WI and PAK.

  • on June 6, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    I am sure India will win the cup as they have dashing batting of Dhawan & Dinesh Karthik and Raina and also Dhoni and same tme they have raw pace of U Yadav and spin of Ashwin

  • CoolCharlie on June 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    xylo: apparently u r ryt buddy. Dat myt be a reason for him risking his injury

  • on June 6, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    And why on earth is Vernon Philander sitting at home in South Africa?

  • xylo on June 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I wonder if Morkel came out to bat to reduce the NRR deficit.

  • salvo45 on June 6, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    They needed Morkel to bat to make sure their net run rate didn't suffer too much, it could be vital in deciding who goes through

  • Riteshmeher on June 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I am the first one to comment . YAY... India came out lucky after miller got out. Cheers.. Waiting for #IndvsPak game

  • Riteshmeher on June 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    I am the first one to comment . YAY... India came out lucky after miller got out. Cheers.. Waiting for #IndvsPak game

  • salvo45 on June 6, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    They needed Morkel to bat to make sure their net run rate didn't suffer too much, it could be vital in deciding who goes through

  • xylo on June 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I wonder if Morkel came out to bat to reduce the NRR deficit.

  • on June 6, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    And why on earth is Vernon Philander sitting at home in South Africa?

  • CoolCharlie on June 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    xylo: apparently u r ryt buddy. Dat myt be a reason for him risking his injury

  • on June 6, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    I am sure India will win the cup as they have dashing batting of Dhawan & Dinesh Karthik and Raina and also Dhoni and same tme they have raw pace of U Yadav and spin of Ashwin

  • on June 6, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    India did not bowl well in the end that costed them some vital winning runs margin, which could play cricial when three teams tie on 4 points(2 wins) each at the end of the league phase. Dhoni should have used Bhu.Kumar early and should have took the last 2 wickets quickly to have a bigger margin of win and better run rate. Dont expect a easy win against the WI and PAK.

  • nervousnineties on June 6, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Never quite understood why Vernon Philander is not in the ODI team- a very economical wicket-taker , why would you not pick him?

  • on June 6, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    India played reasonably well, but it wasn't them that won. South Africa contrived to lose a game they should have won. Here we go again.

  • NP_NY on June 6, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    @xylo. I am pretty sure NRR was a big reason for Morkel to come in. It worked too. SA could have lost badly if not for that last wicket partnership.